Manchester United’s tactics against Liverpool at the weekend could be the inspiration for Racing Genk’s gameplan in Wednesday’s Champions League clash.
So says the Belgian club’s coach Felice Mazzu, who was impressed with United’s defensive approach as they ended Liverpool’s 100% record with a 1-1 draw against Jurgen Klopp’s men on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side took the lead through Marcus Rashford in the first half, before Adam Lallana secured a point for Liverpool with a late equaliser.
Ahead of Wednesday’s clash in Belgium, Mazzu said: ” Manchester United played a good game against Liverpool on Sunday. Their system with five in the back worked well.
“It was a good point for Liverpool even if Manchester United only played well in one half.”
Asked whether he would consider the same approach, Mazzu kept his cards close to his chest but said: “That is an option. You will see tomorrow what choice I have made.”
Mo Salah is back in Liverpool’s squad after injury forced him out of the game against United, but it remains to be seen whether the Egyptian will start.
And Mazzu said his tactics would depend on whether or not Salah plays.
“When Salah is not on the pitch, the movement of the strikers is a little different,” he said. “I don’t know if he will be there tomorrow, if he is injured or not, but his presence makes a difference.”
Asked what made Liverpool so dangerous, Mazzu simply replied “Klopp” with a laugh.
“We know they score easily, they’ve got three, four strikers with a lot of speed.
“The biggest thing about them is they have lots of players with experience and maturity and a system and philosophy of a high press and wanting to be in the opponent’s half all the time. We have to play attention to this.”
Genk were thrashed 6-2 by Red Bull Salzburg in their opening group game last month but held Napoli to a goalless draw at home at the start of October.
“Most important tomorrow for our team is believing we can achieve a good result,” Mazzu said. “We did that against Napoli and that will also have to be against Liverpool. The will to want to play a good match must be there.
“We have made a lot of progress in recent weeks. The players understand better how I want to play. Offensive football is important, but compact defending is too.”