Can the Reds deliver another big Champions League win? – Liverpool vs. Maribor Preview

1 November 2017

Liverpool take on Maribor in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday night at Anfield. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the game.


Liverpool vs. Maribor

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 — 7:45pm (GMT)
Anfield
Champions League Group E, Matchday 4


Premier League commitments make way for the Champions League this week, with the Reds looking to stay top of their European group.

Confidence is up after Saturday’s important 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town, with Jurgen Klopp‘s men producing a stirring second-half performance.

This Liverpool side are an outfit who thrive on momentum, but they just can’t seem to get a proper run of victories going at the moment.

Wednesday’s visit of Maribor is a glorious chance to back up the weekend win with another three points, albeit in a different competition.

The Reds are likely to have several changes in personnel, as Klopp gives certain fringe players a chance, and it will be interesting to see how they perform.

Attacking football, plenty of goals and, most importantly, three points are very much the order of the day.

Last Meeting: Maribor 0-7 Liverpool

 

Team News

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 28, 2017: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Huddersfield Town at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren might be available for game, with Klopp saying in his press conference: “They are both much better, but if it will be OK for tomorrow night I don’t know in this moment.”

Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are all definitely out, as Liverpool’s misfortune in the injury department continues.

Loris Karius should start in goal, as is the norm in the Champions League, and Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson could replace Joe Gomez and Alberto Moreno, both of whom are carrying knocks, at full-back.

It would be nice to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain earn just his second start for Liverpool, with the 24-year-old producing a number of promising cameos of late.

Daniel Sturridge should lead the line after opening the scoring against Huddersfield, and Klopp might see this as a good opportunity to rest Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino, or both.

 

Form

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 28, 2017: Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Huddersfield Town at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 3-0 vs. Huddersfield
Lost 4-1 vs. Tottenham
Won 7-0 vs. Maribor
Drew 0-0 vs. Man United
Drew 1-1 vs. Newcastle

Maribor – Last five results (all competitions)

Won 1-0 vs. Domzale
Won 1-0 vs. Ankaran Hrvatini
Lost 7-0 vs. Liverpool
Won 2-1 vs. Rudar Velenje
Drew 0-0 vs. Triglav Kranj

 

Did You Know?

MARIBOR, SLOVENIA - Tuesday, October 17, 2017: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the fifth goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between NK Maribor and Liverpool at the Stadion Ljudski vrt. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s 7-0 win in Maribor on October 17 was the biggest away victory in Champions League history, and the Reds’ record away European triumph.

It was also Klopp’s most emphatic win since taking charge at Anfield two years ago.

 

Klopp’s View

Klopp urged Anfield to respect Maribor, insisting his side cannot afford to be complacent as they seek another victory:

“Respect is a big problem in general, after a 7-0 maybe people don’t respect Maribor any more.

“But we know how strong they can be. For this game the result is not even one percent of our analysis.

“We have to do it again. Maybe it’s a challenge for a lot of people to be 100 percent spot on. That’s my job: to make sure we are 100 percent spot on.”

 

TV & Live Blog Info

The match is part of BT Sport’s live Champions League coverage, with BT Sport ESPN and BT Sport Showcase showing the action from 7pm. Kickoff is at 7:45pm.

Our matchday live blog will get underway at the same time, with Ben Twelves the man to guide you through another night with the Reds.

More from This Is Anfield

Fan Comments