Liverpool fans left red-faced and out of pocket after going to Gent instead of Genk

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Jurgen Klopp’s side ran out 4-1 winners over Genk on Wednesday night, but the pair of Reds fans accidentally went to Gent.

Gent is around 80 miles away from Genk, and Belgian outlet HLN (opens in new tab) reported that the fans only realised their error 30 minutes before kick-off, not giving them enough time to make the journey.

They were forced to watch in an Irish bar instead and were pictured holding their match tickets in the bar.

Unsurprisingly, they look disgruntled after spending €150 on trains and €70 on tickets each, only to end up in the wrong place.

In a nice touch, KAA Gent saw the story and invited the dozy Reds to watch them against Wolfsburg in the Europa League on Thursday.

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It’s not the first time a mix-up has been made between the clubs: Napoli tweeted that they were set to face Gent, rather than Genk, following the Champions League draw.

The official Twitter account of Gent responded by writing: “Thanks for the invitation Napoli but you probably mean KRC Genk.”

The game itself ended was a comfortable win for Liverpool, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain finding the net twice.

Liverpool are second in Group E on six points at the halfway stage, one point behind leaders Napoli, while RB Salzburg are third on three points and Genk prop up the table with one point.

The fixture was marred by an offensive banner of Divock Origi put on display by some travelling Liverpool fans.

Liverpool have promised to investigate the incident, saying: “We will look to identify those responsible for bringing it into the stadium and act accordingly.”

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.