‘Potentially difficult’: Sky Sports pundit predicts Genk v Liverpool FC
Charlie Nicholas looks ahead to Liverpool FC's trip to Chelsea FC in the Champions League on Wednesday night
Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to claim a 2-1 win over Genk in a “potentially difficult” game for the Reds in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The Reds are preparing to travel to Belgium for Wednesday’s clash on the back of their 1-1 draw with Manchester United in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Liverpool FC bounced back from their opening defeat by Napoli in the Champions League with a 4-3 win over Salzburg at Anfield last time out in the Champions League.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will be looking to claim three points to boost their hopes of reaching the round of 16 in Europe’s elite club competition.
Former Arsenal star Nicholas is expecting to see the Reds claim all three points but says that the game will not be a walk in the park for the holders.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “These are always potentially difficult.
“Jurgen Klopp does not have much chance to change things too much. If Mohamed Salah is close to being fit, I would leave him out and get him fit for the Tottenham game, which is another massive match.
“Liverpool are vulnerable at the back. Virgil van Dijk is the best centre-back in the Premier League, he has a superb partnership with Joel Matip and Alisson is back, but they make mistakes.
“If the opposition can squeeze the full-backs, Liverpool cannot get the service into the front men and it is easier to predict and defend – it does not have the same effect.”
Do Genk defend as if it is an away game? A lack of experience will cost them in this one.
Liverpool FC will return to Premier League action this weekend when they take on Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds are currently six points clear at the top of the Premier League table as they look to lift the trophy this term.