Maribor v Liverpool predictions: Champions League preview, line-ups & betting tips

Pauline Gross
October 19, 2017

The Egypt worldwide and Roberto Firmino both bagged braces while further goals from Philippe Coutinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold gave the Kops their biggest ever European win.

Jurgen Klopp has revealed he will not be rotating his squad for tonight's UEFA Champions League clash away to Maribor. Steven Berghuis headed the home side ahead, but Brazilian winger Bernard rounded Brad Jones to level and went on to grab the victor on 54 minutes to leave Shakhtar second on six points. He blistered down the flank, beating full-back Marko Suler to square a superb pass to Firmino.

Klopp'sdecision to bring Milner back into the starting eleven was immediately repaid with the Englishman's service in the second goal truly magnificent.

But Shakhtar hit back and levelled the score in the 24th minute from Bernard, who ran onto a through ball from Fred before rounding the keeper.

Klopp bemoaned the negative tactics deployed by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in last Saturday's 0-0 draw at Anfield and was quick to suggest such defensive tactics would not be acceptable if they were being used by a Liverpool manager.

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Foden occupied the attacking midfielder's position, and initiated several promising moves, but England's finishing was poor. Foden initiated the moves but they failed to finish and survived a couple of Japanese onslaught late in the first- half.

Though it was only Maribor, Liverpool's form in the last couple of weeks wasn't the best, so the Reds took the game very seriously.

The Reds' attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho have all scored in the competition this season and will be looking to add to their tallies. It was a goal that simply belonged on the training ground.

The Reds came out with the same intent that they started the first-half with and their early pressure was rewarded when Emre Can was fouled down the left-hand side.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was introduced into the game by the hour, replacing Salah, who wasn't afforded the chance to complete his hat-trick. This is the second loss in three games for Maribor in the group stage of the elite competition.

Maribor's misery would be compounded when Liverpool fullback Trent Alexander-Arnold scored the away side's seventh in the 91st minute. The veteran striker, who has won the club's prestigious Purple Warrior prize five times, will need to be at his best to ensure a shock result for the home side.

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