Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Liverpool will be looking to climb to the top position in Group E when they host Genk at their Anfield on Tuesday evening. The Reds outclassed the Belgian side 4-1 at Luminus Arena, and they are widely expected to record yet another routine win over Felice Mazzu’s troops. Head coach Jurgen Klopp can count on key players for Tuesday’s Champions League clash, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the Premier League side.
As always, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will be the men to watch in the home team. Genk, on the other hand, have been struggling at the back in the elite competition this term, with the team conceding ten goals in total in the process to date. The Belgians face an uphill task in the Anfield clash, and we are positive that they are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to England.
Highlighted Player (Fabinho):
One of the hottest talents and emerging star of the new generation at AS Monaco is the Brazilian international Fabinho. The 22-year-old right-back began his career at Rio Ave, but was quickly noticed by Real Madrid, who brought him on loan in 2012 where Fabinho failed to make an impression and break into the first team at Santiago Bernabeu.
A loan move to Monaco proved to be a perfect choice for the player who signed a permanent deal with the Principality in 2015 after making an immediate impact with his new club. Fabinho went on to score 15 goals in more than 130 appearances for Monaco, and has made his full Brazil debut with the club. His compelling performances in Ligue 1 have earned much praise and draw plenty of attention from Europe’s biggest clubs.
During the summer of 2016 Premier League powerhouse Manchester United were linked with the talented defender, but Monaco showed great resolve in keeping their prized asset by tying Fabinho to an extended stay with the Principality club.
Highlighted Team (Genk):
Founded in 1988, Genk are considered one of the youngest clubs in Belgium. Luminus Arena is the home stadium of the club, the capacity of the venue is 24 956 and it was built in 1999. Speaking of UEFA matches, the stadium can hold 21 500 spectators.
Genk clinched one Belgian Pro League trophy in the 20th century, with the team winning the 1989/1999 title. They finished the season with 73 points, two points clear of second-placed Club Brugge. Genk won their second domestic trophy in 2002 and the team lifted the Belgian Pro League title in 2011 as well. Speaking of the Belgian Cup, the club clinched their fourth trophy in the competition in 2013.
The club is well known for their brilliant school and you should bear in mind that the likes of Steven Defour, Christian Benteke, Thibaut Courtois, Divock Origi and Kevin De Bruyne are all products of Genk’s football academy.