How to Watch NK Maribor vs. Liverpool

Marko Grujic

But in Sadio Mane, the Liverpool boss is without the services of one of the most influential players in his squad.

This will be the first competitive encounter between Maribor and Liverpool.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went on to notch his first for the club after 86 minutes, before a 90th minute strike from Trent Alexander-Arnold extended Liverpool's new record even further.

Alexander-Arnold got in on the act in stoppage time with a deflected shot to round off a memorable night for Klopp's side.

Maribor and Liverpool will play the reverse fixture on November 1, the next game of the group stage, at Anfield.

The Slovenian outfit have only ever won one match against a team from these shores - a 2-1 victory over Wigan in the 2013-14 Europa League - and they have only one victory in Europe's premier competition to their name (D2 L5), and that came all the way back in 1999.

Yet from the moment Roberto Firmino opened the scoring in the fourth minute against the Slovenian side, Liverpool cut through the hosts' defence with irrepressible vim and vigour and ended up recording the biggest away win by an English team in European Cup history. The side is in second place with 28 points through 12 games.

"It is the last place I would do things like this".

The first half was only 19 minutes old by the time Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah added their names to the scoresheet - the latter then netting his second, and the team's fourth, in the 39th minute.

Liverpool will be aiming to win their first Champions League games in eight attempts, having gone winless in their previous seven attempts (D4 L3). The fitness issues also seem to have taken the sharpness out of his game, with Sturridge often struggling in front of goal.

After a strong start to the season, things have only looked south for Liverpool.

Roberto Firmino handed them the ideal start inside four minutes on Slovenian soil.

But, the gulf in class between the two sides might just be enough for the Merseyside club to eke out the required result.



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