Liverpool demolished Maribor by seven goals, creating history in the process. Jürgen Klopp’s side became the first English side to win by a margin of more than five goals in an away game in the Champions League last night.
After a drab draw against Manchester United, Liverpool were expected to beat Maribor and pick up their first win of the group stage. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah scored a brace while Philippe Coutinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold got on the scoresheet as Liverpool complete their rout of the Slovenian side.
The win took Liverpool top of group E as Sevilla were surprisingly beaten by Spartak Moscow. Without further ado, let’s look at the main talking points from the game.
#5 Early goals calm the Liverpool nerves
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. Jürgen Klopp didn’t make too many changes either. James Milner and Trent Alexander-Arnold came in for Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez, while Loris Karius returned for his Cup duty.
A lot had been made of Liverpool’s attack failing to breach packed defence but a flowing move in the opening five minutes meant Roberto Firmino had an easy finish. From then on, it was smooth sailing as the pressure was lifted.
Liverpool’s tempo in the opening 15 minutes was incredible as they forced Maribor into making mistakes and they virtually sealed the game inside the first 20 minutes as they were three goals up.