Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has credited Genk for their “smart idea” in playing two strikers against them.
Liverpool beat Genk 4-1 in a Champions League scoreline that perhaps did not reflect the performances of the two sides.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave the Reds the lead but Genk had numerous presentable chances and a goal narrowly ruled out for offside before conceding thrice in the second half.
Klopp named an adventurous midfield that sacrificed much defensive stability, particularly as Genk unexpectedly named two forwards in Mbwana Samatta and Paul Onuachu.
“If Genk play a 4-2-3-1, a 4-4-1-1, a lot of times the system is the same,” said Klopp. “The only difference today was the offensive part with a pretty tall player on the pitch.
“It was a smart idea, it’s not the first time teams have done this against us because you cannot win the first ball constantly every time.
“We tried not to make fouls and to win the challenge. But of course then they can put their bodies in there and fight for the second balls, and that is uncomfortable.
“We didn’t expect it, but it wasn’t a massive surprise.
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“We had good moments, a lot of good moments, and made a very good start.
“Then had another 10 or 15 minutes absolutely okay, exactly as we had to do it.
“The plan worked okay then not any more because we lost completely unexpected balls we were not ready for, which in the formation was not possible.
“Sometimes we took in the wrong moments a risk, passing a one-two in a very tight situation makes not too much sense.
“We had to defend their balls with legs and had to run for it. They got a bit of momentum which after our start was completely unnecessary but that’s what happened.”