Liverpool cruised past Genk in their Champions League matchup with an emphatic 4-1 mauling.
Goals from Mane, Salah and a brace from Ox highlighted a dominant performance by the Reds.
The win distances Liverpool from third-place RB Salzburg by three points in Group E.
Liverpool now turn their focus to Tottenham on Sunday as they look to maintain their lead on top of the Premier League table.Embed from Getty Images
Ox Back to His Best
It only took two minutes but Ox reopened his goal scoring account with a brilliant side footed shot.
His cooly-placed effort early on ended up in the corner of the goal and set the tempo early.
His second, was a thing of beauty.
Ox was relentless, covering the most ground of any player in the game.
He marshalled the midfield, playing the more advanced role of the three and linking up quite effectively with Naby Keita.
Klopp Has Found His Best Midfield
The moment Fabinho, Keita and Ox lined up alongside each other it was obvious this was the best Liverpool midfield at Klopp’s disposal.
Fabinho is the premiere defensive midfielder in world football.
His defensive awareness is second-to-none.
Whether it’s breaking up the counter or acting as a third centre-back, it’s clear he is undroppable.
And Keita was finally unleashed — unfortunately for poor Genk.
The Guinean was arguably the best player on the pitch. His movement was effortless.
He was seemingly everywhere. Pressing high and early, he was the instigator of a lot of Liverpool’s counter attacks.
A few erratic passes aside, he was flawless.
Combined with the athleticism and finesse of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, this should be Klopp’s first-choice midfield.Embed from Getty Images
The Turning Point
After a disappointing draw against United in the league, Jurgen Klopp’s men responded with vigour.
Klopp’s “gegenpressing” style was on full display.
Liverpool dominated the game from the off, from Ox’s early brilliance to Salah’s cheeky goal at the end.
Here’s to hoping Klopp continues with this midfield lineup against Tottenham on Sunday.