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Liverpool 2-1 Genk: 3 Talking Points | UEFA Champions League 2019-20

Tony Akatugba
Top 5 / Top 10
06 Nov 2019, 07:39 IST

#2 Jurgen Klopp rotates his first XI

The Liverpool tea ahead of the encounter
The Liverpool tea ahead of the encounter

With the high octane clash against Manchester City to come in the weekend, it was expected that Jurgen Klopp would do some tinkering to his first team, and so he did.

The gaffer made a couple of significant changes to the team, as he opted to rest the likes of Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson, Roberto Firmino, Dejan Lovren, and team captain Jordan Henderson.

Genk's tormentor in chief, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, was surprisingly played through the middle in Firmino's stead from the start, and he was flanked by Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi. The Englishman undoubtedly put himself in contention for the next game, with his winning goal being his fourth in as many games.

#1 Liverpool concedes yet again

Mbwana Samatta (L) tussles with Virgil van Dijk (R)
Mbwana Samatta (L) tussles with Virgil van Dijk (R)

Generosity is a term seldom used to describe Liverpool's rearguard, especially after last season's heroics. However, the once very thrifty defenders have fluffed their lines on one too many occasions this term, and that should give Klopp cause for concern heading into the clash against Manchester City this weekend.

The Reds were particularly suspect when defending set-pieces in this encounter, and they conceded from one of such scenarios. It was the eighth consecutive game Klopp's men have conceded, their worst run under the German gaffer.

Liverpool has also not been able to keep a clean sheet at Anfield this term, and that will certainly play on the mind of Klopp as he prepares his charges for the mouth-watering clash against the Cityzens this weekend.

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