The best of the photos from Liverpool 3–0 Maribor

1 November 2017

Liverpool edged closer to qualification for the Champions League knockout stage after eventually running out comfortable winners against Maribor.


Having secured a first Champions League proper win in three years against the same opponents last time out, the Reds now had a big opportunity to take a commanding position in Group E.

Jurgen Klopp’s side took full advantage of that chance by eventually cruising to a 3-0 win at Anfield to become standalone leaders of the group and move within reach of the last-16 stage.

Klopp shuffled his pack as he made four changes to the starting lineup at Anfield, which included a welcome start for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 1, 2017: Liverpool players line-up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and NK Maribor at Anfield. Back row L-R: goalkeeper Loris Karius, Joel Matip, Emre Can, Ragnar Klavan, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah. Front row L-R: Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alberto Moreno, James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp’s side predictably controlled proceedings from the first whistle but couldn’t find a way through in a frustrating first-half – with Mohamed Salah among those seeing efforts denied.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 1, 2017: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and NK Maribor at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

But the pressure eventually told just four minutes into the second-half, when the lively Salah produced a delightful flick to convert Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross, much to relief of everyone at Anfield.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game

James Milner had the chance to double the lead soon after, but the vice-captain saw his penalty tipped onto the post by Jasmin Handanovic – meaning the Reds have now missed all four penalties at Anfield in 2017.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 1, 2017: Liverpool's James Milner sees his penalty kick saved during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and NK Maribor at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Thankfully Milner’s miss didn’t prove costly as the crucial second goal did soon arrive on 65 minutes, with the vice-captain playing his part in an excellent goal.

Emre Can exchanged a clever one-two with Milner and curled a crisp finish into the bottom corner of the Kop End net, scoring once again in Europe two years and 10 days after he netted the first goal of Klopp’s reign in the Europa League.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 1, 2017: Liverpool's Emre Can celebrates scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and NK Maribor at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Second-half substitute Daniel Sturridge later added gloss to the score-line and sealed victory once and for all, hitting home Alberto Moreno’s cross from close range to make it 3-0 in the last minute.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 1, 2017: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge scores the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and NK Maribor at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was an excellent second-half from Liverpool, who stepped it up after the break just like against Huddersfield last time out, much to Klopp’s delight.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates his side's second goal (Martin Rickett/EMPICS Sport)

Next up for the Reds is a trip to West Ham on Sunday, when the Reds will look to sign off ahead of the international break with a third straight victory.

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