Champions League holders Liverpool collected another victory in their relentless campaign by sneaking past Genk at Anfield after a strike from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Jürgen Klopp‘s side lost to Napoli in their opening Group E game – their only loss in any competition this season – but have picked up three straight wins to move towards the knockout stages.
Georginio Wijnaldum stabbed into the roof of the net from close range after captain Sebastian Dewaest made a mess of clearing James Milner‘s low cross.
With the hosts failing to build on their 14th-minute lead, Genk’s Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta powerfully headed in the equaliser at the near post from a corner five minutes before half-time.
Oxlade-Chamberlain struck back for Liverpool early in the second-half with a low strike into the bottom corner.
That goal was enough to earn Liverpool the win which leaves Klopp’s side one point ahead of Napoli, who could only draw 1-1 with third-placed Salzburg, ahead of the meeting between the pair at Anfield later this month.
Liverpool are also five points ahead of the Austrians and will qualify with a match to spare if they see off Carlo Ancelotti‘s off-form side.