NK Maribor vs Liverpool: Probable Lineups, Prediction, Tactics and Stats

Predicted Liverpool XI v Maribor

Predicted Liverpool XI v Maribor

A solid outing against Maribor, thus, will not only pave the way for Liverpool's first win in the group stage this season, but also help Sturridge in the long run, and he would hope to make a mark, if given an opportunity on the night.

Gerrard Houllier and Rafael Benitez were given big money to spend during their time as Liverpool managers, but Brendan Rodgers and now Klopp have been restricted for whatever reason by the structure now in place at the club. In Group E, winless Liverpool will look to get on track in their Champions League campaign when they travel to Ljudski Vrt to take on rock bottom Maribor on Tuesday.

"I know what people are thinking", Klopp said in Monday's press conference. However, Sevilla scored a second-half goal, to capture a point at Anfield.

Saturday's goalless draw against Manchester United had continued Liverpool's frustrating recent trend of failing to kill off their opponents despite controlling possession. The lead was doubled after 13 minutes, James Milner crossing and Phillipe Coutinho clipping the ball home.

The best way to counter a low-block is to score early and those three goals in the first 19 minutes ensured the remainder of the match took the form of an exhibition match. Milner's accurate assist for Coutinho's goal was just one of many occasions when he was one of Liverpool's furthest players forward. Comes on, uses his speed, really spot on, it was a very nice sign.

Firmino was the creator, riding two tackles and slipping a deft pass to Salah, who guided a cool finish past Maribor goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic.

There was confusion as to who scored Liverpool's fourth before half-time, with Salah appearing to pip Firmino for the credit.

Halftime did little to halt their momentum and Firmino added a well-deserved second finishing from Coutinho's fierce cross with a deft header in the 54th minute.

Not that it would have made much of a difference to the final scoreline, given that Liverpool were already 4-0 up at the time, but Maribor should have had at least one goal - and it would have been yet another embarrassing one for Liverpool to concede.

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

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