Genk manager Felice Mazzu believes his side created more goalscoring chances than Liverpool during Wednesday’s Champions League group stage clash but accepts that the ‘exceptional’ quality of Jurgen Klopp’s side made the difference, speaking to RTBF.
The Kings of Europe claimed another victim as they dispatched the champions of Belgium 4-1 on their own soil thanks to clinical finishes from Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, not to mention a glorious Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain double.
But the win was nowhere near as comfortable as the scoreline suggests. Genk created, and wasted, a host of chances in the first half, Paul Onuachu firing a one-on-one against the right arm of Alisson Becker before Mbwanna Samatta had a bullet header ruled out due to the most marginal of offsides in the build up.
So no wonder Mazzu, who is already under pressure after replacing Philippe Clement at Genk, was keen to take some positives out of what was a commendable performance against a star-studded Liverpool side.
"This is the second time this season that we conceded very early. That's what happened in Salzburg (a 6-2 defeat on matchday one) and this time again,” Mazzu said, reflecting on Oxlade-Chamberlain’s third minute daisy cutter.
“Against a team like Liverpool, who are of an exceptional level, it is necessary to stick to the letter.
“After we played as a good team during the first half in my opinion. We created more opportunities than Liverpool, and even scored a goal, eventually cancelled for an offside position. We were doing well.”
Klopp himself will be a little concerned about how easily Liverpool were opened up again and again early on while Dejan Lovren, brought in for a rare start, blotted his copybook with a big error in the lead up to Stephen Odey’s late consolation.
Liverpool also conceded three against Salzburg last time out and they could easily have lost to Manchester United, Sheffield United, Chelsea and Leicester recently too. Suddenly, their famous defence doesn't look quite so impenetrable.
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