Liverpool player ratings vs Genk as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain shines but duo also deserve praise
Ian Doyle runs the rule over the players' performances after Liverpool triumphed 4-1 in the Champions League clash at Genk
By Ian Doyle Chief Liverpool writer
09:21, 23 OCT 2019
Alisson Becker 7
Made a good save to deny Ounachu first half and was sound with the ball at his feet and in the air. Absolutely livid at losing his clean sheet late on.
James Milner 7
Given some mild scares defensively, not least with Genk's disallowed goal, but was primarily in the opposing half for the duration.
Dejan Lovren 7
Not massively extended in the first half. Not massively extended in the second half, either.
Virgil van Dijk 7
His tussle with Samatta made for compelling viewing early on, with the Dutchman on top first half before the Genk striker retreated completely after the interval.
Andy Robertson 7
Raided with intent as Liverpool looked to regularly mine the left flank, but defensively too many crosses came in from his wing first half. Subbed.
Asked to do a lot as the only defensive-minded starter in midfield, his 26 birthday was one of real effort and reward. Excellent shift from the Brazilian.
Naby Keita 7
Moved the ball with purpose going forward, particularly during the opening quarter. Looked to find gaps, doing so by finding Firmino in the build-up for the second goal.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 8
Took his opener very well and his second even better. Grew into the game and will receive a huge confidence boost from this performance.
Mohamed Salah 7
Back from injury, took a while to get back up to speed. Often chose the wrong option until setting up Mane for the third and doing so well to score the fourth.
Roberto Firmino 7
Ridiculously good skill set up a Mane chance but a little careless in possession first half. More careful after the break, not least when setting up Oxlade-Chamberlain's second.
Sadio Mane 8
Denied by a decent save from Coucke and was a consistent threat throughout. His pace helped Liverpool on the counter-attack in the final half-hour, and tucked away the third cleverly before assisting the fourth.
Joe Gomez (for Robertson 63) 6
One piece of good covering and picked up a booking for halting a throw-in from being taken.
Gini Wijnaldum (for Oxlade-Chamberlain 73) 6
Helped bring a little defensive edge to the midfield.
Divock Origi (for Firmino 80)
Great moment when the name of the former Genk man was sung by all sides of the stadium.
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