Liverpool 3-0 Maribor, 5 Talking Points
Liverpool played host to the Slovenian side in an all-important UEFA Champions League game at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp made a couple of changes to the team that played Maribor on match day 3. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started in the place of injured Philippe Coutinho and Ragnar Klavan in place of Dejan Lovren.
Maribor made five changes from their last meeting with Liverpool. Captain Marcos Tavares dropped to the bench as Darko Milanic deployed a defense-minded starting XI at Anfield
Maribor stuck to their plan and frustrated Liverpool in the first half and it was 0-0 at halftime. But the breakthrough was always coming and Mohamed Salah opened the scoring right after the break. James Milner missed a penalty, but goals from Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge ensured Liverpool got all 3 points.
Let's see the 5 talking points from Liverpool vs Maribor game:
#5 Salah keeps scoring important goals for Liverpool
With Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane in and out of the Liverpool side, the Egyptian has been a consistent performer for Liverpool ever since his €42m move during the summer transfer window. He has been directly involved in 13 Liverpool goals in all competitions this season (10 goals, 3 assists).
Again, last night, he was the key man in breaking a stubborn Maribor resistance. It was 0-0 at halftime and Liverpool fans got a little uneasy. In the 49th minute of the game, he opened the scoring for Liverpool, slotting the ball in with a deft finish from a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross. He was involved in almost every attacking move by Liverpool and was a constant threat going forward.
Though he wasted a couple of good chances in the first half, he was a live wire on the field, until he was withdrawn in the 73rd-minute of the game to give some rest ahead of Liverpool's trip to West Ham on Saturday.
Mo Salah's game stats:
Shots on target - 3
Goals - 1
Key Passes - 2