Thursday Oct 24, 2019. 16:00
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was surprised to see Paul Onuachu start for Genk in the UEFA Champions League match on Wednesday night.
The Nigerian centre forward started alongside Tanzania captain Mbwana Samatta in a 4-4-2 formation as English giants Liverpool defeated Belgian champions Genk 4-1.
Klopp felt the towering striker had to be marked tightly by his defence in a Group E match.
”It was a smart move to start with such a tall striker,” Klopp told the media.
“Their 4-4-2 didn’t make such a big difference in itself, because it didn’t change much in their defensive organization.
”But Onuachu was strong as a starter and it was important not to constantly compete with him because then we could make too many mistakes,” he added.
”We were on the right track, only giving away too easy chances due to unnecessary ball loss or unnecessary risks in the game.”
Onuachu’s countryman Stephen Odey scored Genk’s consolation goal.