Despite firing blank for KRC Genk against Liverpool in a UEFA Champions League (UCL) 4-1 loss at midweek, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has praised the contributions of lanky striker Paul Onuachu.
The German born tactician stated that the former Midtjylland forward was menacing upfront.
“It was a smart move to unpack with such a huge striker,” he told Het Belang van Limburg.
“Their 4-4-2 didn’t make such a big difference in itself, because it didn’t change much about their defensive organisation.
“But Onuachu was strong as a starting point and it was important not to constantly compete with him because then we could make too many mistakes. We were on the right track, only giving away too easy chances due to unnecessary ball loss or unnecessary risks in the game.
“We started well and only gave the momentum away just before the break. (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain made two great goals, after the 0-2 you also felt that we would no longer lose control. That was a successful evening for us, we had our job well done.”
It will be recalled that Olympic Eagles striker Stephen Odey replaced Onuachu at the home stretch and scored Genk’s only goal against the reigning UCL champions.