Liverpool will be aiming to consolidate their position at the top of Group E when they host Maribor in a Champions League clash on Wednesday night.
UEFA Champions League
Date: 1 November 2017
Match Day 4
Kick-off: 21H45 (GMT+2)
Referee: I. Kružliak
Assistants: M. Balko, T. Somolani
Fourth official: B. Hancko
TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Liverpool 1 1 0 0
Maribor 1 0 0 1
Maribor 0-7 Liverpool 17/10/17 (Champions League)
Liverpool goalscorers: R. Firmino (4′, 54′), P. Coutinho (13′), M. Salah (19′, 39′), A. Oxlade-Chamberlain (86′), T. Alexander-Arnold (90′)
Players to watch:
Mohamed Salah has made a bright start to his Liverpool career, since making the move from Roma, and has already scored nine goals and made four assists in 15 games across all competitions.
Strikers Jasmin Mesanovic and Marcos Tavares have been leading from the front for Maribor this season, scoring eight and six goals respectively, while contributing with seven assists between them.
Team form and manager quotes:
The Reds are enjoying first position in the group after three games, that includes winning one and drawing two, but they are only above second-placed Spartak Moscow thanks to their superior goal difference.
The only other match between Liverpool and Maribor resulted in a 7-0 thrashing on October 17, when Jurgen Klopp’s men ran riot in Slovenia.
Liverpool come into the clash on the back of a 3-0 victory against Huddersfield Town. They have also lost only one of their last seven games in all competitions.
Striker Daniel Sturridge is eager to be part of Liverpool’s European campaign and told the Liverpool Echo ahead of the Maribor clash: “We’ve been in the Champions League two times since I’ve been at the club.
“Obviously I missed out the first time but hopefully I can be a big part of this European campaign.”
He added: “Saturday was a good day for us but we’ve got two more big games to go before the international break and it’s vital we keep it going.
“It’s Maribor and then West Ham – we need six points out of six.
“We have a squad full of talented footballers here. We will push as hard as we possibly can to ensure we reach the targets set by the manager. We all want to bring success to this club.”
Meanwhile, Maribor are still in search of their first win in the group. They are bottom of the standings with only one point, three points behind third-placed Sevilla.
The Slovenian side have won two in a row since the 7-0 defeat to Liverpool, beating Ankaran and Domzale by a 1-0 scoreline ahead of the clash at Anfield.
The hosts will be without the services of Adam Lallana and Sadio Mané, while Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren are both doubts.
The travelers are missing injured duo Denis Šme and Luka Zahovic for the clash at Anfield.