Genk forward Mbwana Samatta has revealed that he was left deflated at having the dream of scoring against Liverpool prised away from him by VAR.
The 26-year-old, who is the first Tanzanian to feature in the Champions League, thought he had scored a brilliant goal when he powered a header past Alisson but the effort was ruled out before Liverpool went onto win the game easily.
Speaking to Daily News, Samatta spoke about how he will always cherish the memory of scoring, despite the header being chalked off.
“It was the third goal for me to be rejected by the [VAR] this season,” the attacker said. “I was very happy to have scored a goal against a top side like Liverpool but in the end, it did not stand.
“When the match was stopped to wait for VAR judgment, I was praying for the goal to be allowed because it was going to be one of the long-lasting memories in my life.
“But I will still remember the goal, even if it was disallowed, I will keep it in my mind because I scored against Liverpool and the goal was rejected.”
“To be honest, the game at Anfield will be tough in the history of Genk because [Liverpool] will play at ease since they won the previous match plus enjoying full backing from the home fans.”
The reverse fixture comes next Tuesday when Liverpool can reach nine points in Group E with a win and take another solid step towards qualification for the knockout phase of the competition.