Gameweek 4 of the 2019/20 Champions League featured Belgium’s KRC Genk becoming the first team to be eliminated at the group stages, following their defeat to Liverpool at Anfield. With so many others desperate not to follow, The Coaches’ Voice team of professional coaches have revisited the tactical stories that underpinned some significant results.
Liverpool 2-1 KRC Genk, Group E
In preparation for Sunday’s crucial Premier League fixture against defending champions Manchester City, Jürgen Klopp rotated his team; the influential Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson only featured as substitutes, and none appeared before the 74th minute. On this occasion it was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who was given Firmino’s role as the central attacker who withdrew into the territory normally occupied by a number 10.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was supported from the inside channels by Naby Keïta and Georginio Wijnaldum. Mo Salah and Divock Origi adopted narrow positions either side of him, while full-backs James Milner and Trent Alexander-Arnold provided the attacking width. Against Genk’s 3-5-2 they temporarily formed a diamond midfield; Oxlade-Chamberlain’s movements went unfollowed because Keïta and Wijnaldum, playing in front of Fabinho, were instead prioritised.