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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain takes centre stage and Mohamed Salah a constant danger

By Ian Doyle Chief Liverpool writer
22:00, 5 NOV 2019

Alisson Becker 7
Clutched a couple of crosses and picked the ball out of the net first half. Made good save from Heynen in final quarter.

Trent Alexander-Arnold 7
Lovely touches in possession and hardly tested defensively first half. More work in that regard after interval, but touch didn't desert him.

Joe Gomez 7
Opportunity to show strength and pace on occasion in fairly straightforward opening stanza. Greater examination after the break, particularly in the air, but stood firm.

Virgil van Dijk 7
More sure-footed than at times on Saturday, although not difficult given intermittent Genk attack. Stepped in with two good tackles after the break.

James Milner 7
Deflected cross created the opener and raided forward continually. Almost sold Gomez short with one pass.

Fabinho 7
Back after his Villa break, plugged the gaps as per and used the ball well. Worked well swapping positions with Keita in particular.

Gini Wijnaldum 6
Reacted quickest to prod home the opener but otherwise on the periphery first half. More involved after the interval, but not quite enough.

Naby Keita 7
Driving run forward sparked the opener and enjoyed good possession first half, twice seeing shots blocked in quick succession. Tired in the second half before being replaced.

Mohamed Salah 7
A constant danger when involved with his pace. Close with one effort before the break, and laid on the second for Oxlade-Chamberlain. Wasted a few good openings, though.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 8
Surprisingly playing up front, showed flashes first half and struck a fine shot on the turn for Liverpool's second. Grew into the game. Subbed.

Divock Origi 7
Keen to impress against the club where his career started, but dragged a good shot wide. Overplayed things at times. However, much better second half.

Andy Robertson (for Keita 74) 7
Solid support when introduced down the left.

Sadio Mane (for Oxlade-Chamberlain 74) 6
Not quite at his sharpest.

Roberto Firmino (for Origi 89)
Brazilian.

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