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.
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)
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