Liverpool vs Genk betting tips: Champions League preview & predictions

Liverpool vs Genk prediction: Liverpool 5-0 Genk

Genk travel to Anfield on Tuesday with a seemingly impossible task: to be the first Belgian side to defeat Liverpool in front of their own fans.

Standard Liege (twice), Club Brugge (twice) and Anderlecht (thrice) have attempted to slay the Reds on a famous Anfield European night. They lost on all seven occasions, by a collective 16-4 on aggregate.

The task looks even greater for this Genk side, given they are without a win in their last nine UEFA Champions League matches.

In contrast, Liverpool have been winning at both half time and full time in six of their last 8 European matches. They have never lost at Anfield in European Competition in the Jürgen Klopp era.

Liverpool vs Genk betting tips: What are the odds?

Liverpool vs Genk betting tips: Who will win?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 02: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with Roberto Firmino after he scores his sides fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between Liverpool FC and RB Salzburg at Anfield on October 02, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Liverpool have a perfect record against Belgian opponents at Anfield. Their seven matches here throughout the years have produced seven wins for the Reds. Following their comfortable win in Genk, they are massive favourites here for the win at 1/12.

Two of Genk’s last three European away fixtures have ended in stalemate. However, the odds of 9/1 suggest not many see them adding Liverpool to the list of clubs they can equal on their travels.

Genk travel to Anfield in search of a first win on English soil. They are massive 25/1 outsiders, which suggests they will likely return home empty-handed.

Liverpool vs Genk betting tips: Who will score?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Divock Origi of Liverpool with Emile Krafth of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United at Anfield on September 14, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the star of the show for the Reds in Belgium. His two long-range strikes will live long in the memory of the travelling Kop.

He arguably scored an even better goal last Wednesday against Arsenal, in the Carabao Cup.

Chamberlain looks a likely candidate to start again in Klopp’s midfield on Tuesday night. Can he keep that rich goalscoring form going? Ox is 6/4 to get on the scoresheet, 7/1 to do so as the game’s first scorer.

With Mohamed Salah struggling with an ankle injury, it looks likely Divock Origi (pictured above) will be leading the line for the Reds on Tuesday night.

Similar to Chamberlain, he had a starring role in Liverpool’s come-from-behind victory against Arsenal, scoring two goals. The second of which was a stunning scissor-kick in the 4th minute of injury time. Big Divock is 15/4 to be the game’s first goal-scorer. Or you can back him at 8/11 to score at any time.

Stephen Odey was the only Genk goal-scorer when the two sides met at the Luminus Arena two weeks ago. Will his goal-scoring cameo earn him a start at Anfield and a chance to add to his resumé? He is 13/2 to get on the scoresheet and 25/1 to do so as the game’s first scorer.

Liverpool vs Genk: Match preview

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool celebrates with teammates Virgil van Dijk and Roberto Firmino after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge on September 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Given the result of the match in Belgium two weeks ago, an even more rampant victory is expected from Liverpool at Anfield.

Liverpool had almost 75% of the possession. Seventeen shots to Genk’s eight. The final score of 1-4 tells us everything you need to know.

Maybe.

On the other hand, Liverpool’s first half strikes that put them in such a commanding position were both moments of pure Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain brilliance rather than Liverpool opening up the Belgian champions.

They certainly opened Genk up more in the second half, creating two closer range finishes for Mané and Salah before Genk grabbed their consolation goal. However, the expected goals of the match being 1.32xG for Genk to 2.02xG to Liverpool suggests the scoreline flattered the visitors.

Indeed, maybe without Chamberlain’s wondergoals, Genk would have stayed in their low block and drawn out a point, as they did with Napoli in Belgium just weeks beforehand.

Then again, maybe this is a moot point. The fact is Liverpool DO have that quality. If ever a side made a habit out of simply winning, by whatever means necessary, it is Klopp’s reds.

Which means whether they destroy them with individual brilliance, tear them to pieces on the famous Anfield turf, or scrape a late win as they have in their recent games versus Arsenal and Aston Villa – whatever direction the game goes in, it would be brave to bet against this Liverpool side here.

Liverpool team news vs Genk

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah lies on the pitch before being substituted with an injury during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)

Only Nathaniel Clyne, who spent last season out on loan at Bournemouth, is ruled out for the long term for Liverpool.

Xherdan Shaqiri has also been ruled out until after the next international break due to a calf problem.

Likewise, Joel Matip is still troubled by the knee injury picked up against Sheffield United and will be unavailable for the Reds for at least a month.

Mohamed Salah was removed early from Liverpool’s 1-2 win against Aston Villa, despite desperately needing a goal at the time. Reports that he needed to have fluid drained from his ankle last week suggests he has an ongoing problem. Liverpool may choose to rest him here to ensure he is fit and available for Sunday’s crucial match against Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp has typically rotated his midfield in this competition so far this season, and Tuesday isn’t likely to be any different.

James Milner, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will all be hoping for a starting berth in midfield. Fabinho may also be in contention having sat out the match at the weekend due to fears of suspension against City.

Predicted Liverpool team vs Genk

Predicted Liverpool team vs Genk

Predicted Liverpool team vs Genk

Genk team news vs Liverpool

Joakim Maehle

GENK, BELGIUM – NOVEMBER 08: Gary Medel of Besiktas and Joakim Maehle of KRC Genk battle for the ball as Ryan Babel of Besiktas looks on during the UEFA Europa League Group I match between KRC Genk and Besiktas at Cristal Arena on November 8, 2018 in Genk, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Danny Vukovic remains Genk’s only absentee of the match. Their first-choice keeper suffered an Achilles tendon rupture. Gaetan Coucke is starting in goal in his absence, despite conceding ten goals in three Champions League games.

After a disappointing run of games in which they have lost three of their last five, head coach Felice Mazzu may opt to make big changes to the side.

Predicted Genk team vs Liverpool

Predicted Genk team vs Liverpool

Predicted Genk team vs Liverpool

The latest tweets from Liverpool pre-Genk

https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1190750431670079489

The latest tweets from Genk pre-Liverpool

https://twitter.com/KRCGenkofficial/status/1189829395709661186

https://twitter.com/KRCGenkofficial/status/1189654563676196866

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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