Liverpool was able to overcome a resilient Genk side but failed yet again to stop the opposition from scoring.
Liverpool boasted one of the meanest defenses in Europe last season.
A decisive factor in Virgil van Dijk and Alisson becker scooping the prestigious UEFA player of the year awards.
The Reds got off to a decent start, with Dutchman Georginio Wijnaldum prodding the ball into the roof of the net from close range.
But in an Anfield stadium that seemed to lack its usual caldron type atmosphere, a subdued Liverpool failed to capitalize on their dominance.
They were made to pay for some poor defending when Genk’s Mbwana Samatta found space to power home a header at the near post.
Halftime: Liverpool 1 – 1 Genk.
Jurgen Klopp’s men came out after the restart and continued to dominate.
But with Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson all rested, they lack ed their usual fluidity in attack.
Klopp obviously has one eye on the top of the table Premier League clash with Manchester City on his mind.
Fortunately, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was on hand to grab a winner.
In the 53rd minute, he turned his man neatly and buried the ball in the bottom corner.
According to the BBC, Liverpool had 72 percent possession and 28 shots.
Final score: Liverpool 2 – 1 Genk.
Jurgen Klopp was less than enthused by his side’s performance.
“We didn’t finish our situations in the way we could have done.”
“We had a lot of shots and some really big chances that we usually use. We didn’t do that and it kept the game open.”
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 5, 2019