An under-par Liverpool performance, but an important three points nonetheless. The Reds ran out 2-1 winners on Tuesday night and now sit top of Group E as a result of Napoli’s draw against RB Salzburg. The knockout stages are just one win away.
The Reds hardly got out of second gear, but a win is a win. Liverpool are now unbeaten at home in Europe for five and half years. Here are the player ratings by @sam0007ster.
Alisson Becker: 7
Hardly worked but made a big three-points-clinching save at 2-1. Had no chance in his attempt (if there was one) to stop Samatta’s thunderous header in the first half. Decent with the ball at his feet.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7
Looped a brilliantly deft ball over the top of the Genk defence to let in Salah in the first half. A good all-round defensive performance which included an important interception to stop on almost certain goal (ironically that interception, of course, led to the corner which led to the Genk goal).
Joe Gomez: 7
Much improved (and then some). Liverpool looked detached at times with gaps appearing between defence and midfield. But Gomez wasn’t at fault. It was an encouraging performance from Englishman lacking in confidence and minutes.
Virgil Van Dijk: 6.5
Had a couple of chances in the first half to score a goal or two (one resulting in an air shot). Few decent interceptions but was in second gear for the duration.
James Milner: 6
Started at left back and then moved into the middle. A decent assist for the first goal showcasing that, when needed, Milner can fill the Robertson void. A few sloppy moments and unforced errors here and there which, perhaps, summed up the overall display.
Was always a constant presence at the centre of the park. Broke up play on numerous occasions. Bigger fish to fry at the weekend.
Naby Keita: 6.5
Showed plenty of glimpses. Some nice touches, flicks, tricks and dummies. Feel like the Guinean has so much more in his locker. The next few months will surely show what he is truly made of.
Gini Wijnaldum: 7
Great flick finish to give Liverpool a flying start at Anfield. Started the game very brightly but faded. The seven rating is reflective of his goal contribution more than anything else.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 9
Hugely encouraging. Man of the match by some way. Brilliant turn and finish to give Liverpool the lead. The slump in performances all round after he was substituted was a palpable indicator of his impact and influence. Newfound confidence after the injury layoff.
Divock Origi: 7.5
Had a great chance at the end of the first half but dragged his shot well wide. Was bright and pragmatic throughout. The Belgium certainty has plenty of admirers. His night culminated in a standing ovation from both sets of supporters.
Mo Salah: 7
Was a constant menace and was unlucky not two score two or three. Scuffed a brilliant opening to make it 3-1 and settle the tie. Looks as if he’s shaken off a niggling ankle problem (which has taken its toll on the Egyptian recently). A new breath of life in the Egyptian’s season just before the biggest game of the season.
Andrew Robertson: 6
Made plently of forward runs – as per usual – towards the end but hardly enough time to make a real impression.