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It was another good night for Liverpool in the Champions League as they beat Genk 4-1 at the Luminus Arena.
Following the disappointment of being held to a 1-1 draw against Manchester United on Sunday, the Reds were eager to get back to winning ways. However, they were without a victory away from home in the group stages of the Champions League since 2017.
Genk had a poor start to their European campaign as they had only picked up one win out of their first two games. Liverpool had to capitalise on that, and they did.
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The manager corrected the errors of his side’s ways on their European travels with a brace from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. After Klopp made a handful of changes, one player was asked to deputise out of position once more and he proved that he can just about do anything on a football pitch.
James Milner has been one of the best signings of the Premier League era after his free transfer from Manchester City in 2015 due to his resilience, as well as his ability to adapt to different situations and, more importantly, his versatility.
Filling in at right-back for Trent Alexander-Arnold, Milner put in a solid display against the reigning Belgian champions and did everything that would have been asked of him by the manager.
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His passing provided the Merseyside club with a different dimension that was required, particularly in the second half when they were finding their momentum.
He completed three accurate long balls out of six attempted and two crosses into dangerous areas. As a result of his proactiveness and his eagerness to get the ball to the front men, he accumulated a pass success rate of 85%.
The former England international’s ability to get himself up and down the wing at the age of 33 is inspired. Milner has put himself in contention to start against Spurs on Sunday and has given Klopp the sort of headache that all managers want.