Liverpool summited their Champions League group after a 2-1 win over KRC Genk at Anfield. Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were enough to earn maximum points against the Belgian side.
Jürgen Klopp fielded a much-changed side as Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané were both named on the bench. Mohamed Salah partnered Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a new-look attacking line. The changes paid off for the German as the Brazilian and Senegalese frontmen both got much-needed rests ahead of Sunday’s fixture against Manchester City.
Klopp’s changes worked in another way as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain produced yet another good game. The No.15 has four goals in his last four outings and looks to be back to the high level performances that he showed prior to his injury in 2018.
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The midfielder — who seemed to play a portion of the game in the No.9 role — scored Liverpool’s second of the night. The goal came after Salah, with some great hold up play, passed to the Englishman who then turned and shot into the bottom right corner with his weaker left foot.
The 26-year-old’s distribution was also good on the night. He had an 86% passing accuracy. He accurately passed four out of five attempted long balls as well as having one key pass.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has become a goal threat for this team. He is always looking to push towards the opposition goal which is showed by his three completed dribbles. He also took three shots, two which were on target and one which resulted in a goal.
More than that, for the first time in a while the Reds looked good in Roberto Fimino’s absence. Such is his importance to the way his side plays, there is usually no replacing him. The England international looked comfortable in the role and pulled all the strings in attack, which will provide Klopp with even more reason to be pleased.
It’s been a long road to recovery for the former Arsenal man. It now looks like he is starting to become the player he was back in 2017/18. If the Ox starts on Sunday against Manchester City, hopefully we can see him put away another long-ranged effort.