‘Fairly comfortable’: Sky Sports pundit predicts Liverpool FC v Genk

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas is tipping Liverpool FC to ease to a 2-0 win over Genk on Tuesday night

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Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a 2-0 win against Genk in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Reds will be looking to move a step closer to securing their place in the knockout stage.

Liverpool FC scored four goals in victories over Genk and Red Bull Salzburg in their last two games to hoist themselves into second place.

However, the Reds are in second place and a mere three points ahead of RB Salzburg following their 2-0 loss at Napoli in their group-stage opener.

Liverpool FC eased to a 4-1 victory over Genk last month thanks to goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

The Reds are unbeaten in all competitions at Anfield this season ahead of the visit of the Belgian side.

Sky Sports pundit Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to secure a straightforward 2-0 victory over Genk at Anfield on Tuesday night.

“I watched the Liverpool game at the weekend. It was a cracking game and end-to-end with drama too,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“Liverpool are not at their best. People might suggest that once they get going, they will be ruthless, but they are getting away with it currently. The Napoli and Manchester United matches were reality checks, but they could have been two or three down by the time they rescued things at Aston Villa.

“Liverpool have a dramatic amount of games coming up. Mohamed Salah was really average at the weekend, as was Roberto Firmino, so Jurgen Klopp may leave a couple out and change it up. The full-backs will stay the same and you have to leave Sadio Mane in, but Fabinho could also come back in.

“It is normally Firmino who he rests, but I would leave him in with Mane and leave Salah out. He may not like it but it needs to happen. Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will come in and I think it will be a fairly comfortable night nevertheless for Liverpool.”

The Reds have won their last six home matches in the UEFA Champions League group stage, scoring 22 goals.

Liverpool will take on a Belgian club at Anfield on Tuesday night for the first time since a 1-0 extra-time win against Standard Liege in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round second leg.

Dirk Kuyt scored the only goal of the tie in the 118th minute at Anfield.

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