FT: Liverpool 3-0 Maribor. Second-half goals from Salah, Can and Sturridge keep the Reds top of Group E.
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Liverpool - NK Maribor
Champions League - 2 November 2017
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Three minutes have been added. YNWA fills the L4 air.
Icing. On. Cake.
- GoalDaniel SturridgeLiverpool
GOAL! Sturridge nets his first CL goal in over six years after chesting down Moreno's delivery from the left and drilling home.
Alexander Arnold has a pop, but it's easy enough for Handanovic.
Job done for Klopp and Co as the clock continues to tick down. Maribor would be happy for the whistle to go now.
- OffRoberto FirminoLiverpool
- OnMarko GrujicLiverpool
LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Grujic on for Firmino.
It's just a case of how many now. Liverpool will take the three points.
The home side continue to knock it around with ease. They want some icing on their cake, but Maribor are desperate to regain some respectability after the 7-0 mauling on their own patch.
- OffDino HoticNK Maribor
- OnValon AhmediNK Maribor
MARIBOR CHANGE: Hotic off, Ahmedi on.
LATEST: Spartak have pulled one back in Sevilla.
Liverpool still pressing for that third goal.
Liverpool will feel they are on course to reach the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds for the first time since 2008/09. Sevilla away next, followed by a home match with Spartak to finish.
GROUP E as it stands: Liverpool 8pts, Sevilla 7pts, Spartak 5pts, Maribor 1pt.
- OffMohamed SalahLiverpool
- OnDaniel SturridgeLiverpool
LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Big ovation for Salah as he is replaced by Sturridge.
Alexander Arnold lets fly... but it's off target.
Sturridge getting ready to come on and try to take advantage of some tired defenders.
VIDEO: Can's corker.
A great spell for Maribor has Klopp fuming at his defence on the touchline. A corner is cleared to Milec who tests Karius with a long-range attempt. The away fans were loving that.
- OffDamjan BoharNK Maribor
- OnGregor BajdeNK Maribor
MARIBOR CHANGE: Bohar off, Bajde on.
PHOTO: Salah celebrates the opener.
Meanwhile, Spurs are hammering Real Madrid 3-0 at Wembley... Wow.
That will surely be that for the Reds now. Three points was the minimum requirement.
- GoalEmre CanLiverpool
GOAL! Can plays a lovely one-two with Milner before slotting a wonderful low shot beyond Handanovic from the edge of the box.
LATEST: Sevilla 2-0 Spartak.
Liverpool still pushing for that killer second goal. How long before Klopp looks to Sturridge?
Alexander Arnold curves a 30-yard free kick just over the bar. Decent effort.
- OffJasmin MesanovicNK Maribor
- OnMarcos TavaresNK Maribor
MARIBOR CHANGE: Mesanovic off, Tavares on.
Salah meets a wonderful cross but guides his header over. It looked easier to score.
From the resulting corner, Firmino is presented with a big chance but he doesn't lift his effort and Handanovic produces another top-class save.
Liverpool shrug off the penalty save as Oxlade Chamberlain sees a piledriver deflect wide.
PENALTY SAVED! Milner steps up but can't find a way past Handanovic.
- Yellow cardAleksander RajcevicNK Maribor
PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL. Aleksandar Rajcevic hauls down Firmino after the Brazilian had nutmegged him on the right byline.
Liverpool could yet go on to notch up a decent score here. That opener was so important after a first 45 full of frustration.
That's double figures for the season for Salah. Relief tangible around Anfield.
- GoalMohamed SalahLiverpool
GOAL! Salah breaks the deadlock with a clever flick to turn home Alexander Arnold's cross.
The pattern looks set for this second period with Liverpool on the attack immediately.
- 2nd Half
KICK OFF! Liverpool restart the contest and will attack the Kop end in the second period.
- End of 1st Half
HT: Liverpool 0-0 Maribor. The Reds have dominated but the visitors have been a much tougher nut to crack so far tonight. Plenty for Klopp and his team to mull over during the interval.
One minute added.
Frustration for Liverpool so far tonight.
Maribor's only CL win came away from home with a 1-0 success at Dynamo Kyiv on their debut in September 1999. Their away record since reads D2 L4 (via UEFA).
Milner plays a smart ball into the left of the area, but Handanovic is out well to smother in front of the chasing Firmino.
A goal before half time would be most welcome for Klopp and Co.
It was 4-0 at this point in Maribor. A very different story so far tonight.
Deja vu as Firmino meets a Milner corner... but once more his header is wide of target.
Firmino nods a tame header wide from Milner's right-wing corner. The Brazilian is fuming with himself as it was pretty much a free one from eight yards out.
Liverpool firing in crosses from both flanks, but the visitors are repelling them and their confidence has grown as the clock ticks towards the interval.
GROUP E as it stands: Sevilla 7pts, Liverpool 6pts, Spartak 5pts, Maribor 1pt.
Another fizzing cross hits Salah again... and once again he can't react in time to make anything of it.
Alexander Arnold swings another quality ball into the middle, but Can can't back pedal enough and heads well over.
Elsewhere in this pool: Sevilla 1-0 Spartak.
SAVE! Firmino guides a header onto a defender's leg that loops towards the top corner before a super intervention by the fingertips of Handanovic.
Not great defending from Maribor, but they survive once more as the Ox's 25-yard drive ricochets to safety.
An audacious back heel from Milec to clear on the wing. His teammates aren't quite as sharp and Firmino wins a free kick on the left. Milner and Salah over it.
Decent chance for Salah, but the ball hits his knee and bounces after from him. Maribor hack it to safety. Great ball in from Alexander Arnold.
The Ox tries to weave some magic on the left of the box, but Milec sticks to his guns and manages to divert it behind for a corner, which eventually comes to nothing.
Henderson shoots from distance... well wide.
- Yellow cardDamjan BoharNK Maribor
Damjan Bohar booked seconds after a much worse challenge on Milner went unpunished.
Firmino whips a low cross towards Salah who can't quite get ahead of his man to divert home. Maribor digging deep.
STAT: Liverpool have won only three of their last 11 games in all competitions.
Can spreads the play wide to Alexander Arnold, who wastes little time making the angle for a cross that deflects kindly for Handanovic. Anfield rather quiet so far.
Martin Milec with a rare venture forward, but Henderson is there to make a solid block.
- OffGeorginio WijnaldumLiverpool
- OnJordan HendersonLiverpool
LIVERPOOL CHANGE: Henderson on for the injured Wijnaldum.
Bad news for Wijnaldum and Liverpool. The Dutchman looks like he's rolled his ankle. Klopp turns and calls for Henderson.
Can clips a hopeful pass into the middle, but it's too far in front of Salah and Handanovic is out to pluck it out of the air.
Liverpool were 3-0 up inside 19 minutes in Maribor, so no surprise to see the away side being cautious early doors here.
Some respite for the visitors as Jasmin Handanovic comes to easily claim the resulting delivery.
A nice twist and turn from Salah creates the space for a long-range shot that deflects wide.
Maribor's most recent trip to England saw them hammered 6-0 at Chelsea in the 2014-15 group stage.
Firmino makes an intelligent run to the near post but can only flick Alexander Arnold's devilish cross well wide of the far post.
Desperate, last-ditch defending sees the visitors hold firm after smart play by Trent Alexander-Arnold and Milner threatened to unlock them.
It's attack versus defence. A Liverpool goal seems inevitable...
DID YOU KNOW? Maribor have won only one of their nine previous games against English teams, beating Wigan Athletic 2-1 in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League group stage (via UEFA).
VIDEO: Spot on, Sami.
Liverpool already on top, as expected. Milner floats a left-wing corner into the mix, but it's well defended on this occasion.
GROUP E after 3 games played: Liverpool 5pts, Spartak 5pts, Sevilla 4pts, Maribor 1pt.... Elsewhere, Sevilla host Spartak.
Tonight's referee is Slovakia's Ivan Kružliak. It's his second visit to Merseyside this term having already overseen a match involving Everton in the Europa League.
- 1st Half
KICK OFF! Maribor get the game underway attacking the Kop end.
Maribor versus English opposition: W1 D2 L6. Incidentally, the Slovenian outfit have won their last two league matches by a 1-0 scoreline since they were thumped 7-0 by Liverpool on their own turf.
MO marvels over Milly.
James Milner was at the pre-match press conference on Tuesday. He told reporters: "We have had injuries and I think we are waiting for it to click. We have shown glimpses - when we showed it in Maribor, it was pretty devastating. We have to be on top of our game, set the tempo and come out all guns blazing."
Elsewhere in this pool this evening, Sevilla host Spartak Moscow. It's pretty tight in Group E, with Liverpool and Spartak level on five points and Sevilla just behind on four. Maribor have the one point. Liverpool visit Sevilla next and finish by hosting Spartak Moscow. A win tonight would go some way to them putting one foot in the next round.
It's 4-3-3 versus 3-4-3 or 5-2-3 according to UEFA's teamsheet.
Klopp has been talking to Liverpool's official website about his team selection. Here's what he had to say: "...we need to have a team which is ready for a very intense start. That’s what we want to have and what we need – a lively performance, speed, good in small spaces, good offers for runs in behind. [It’s] a team which played together already. The only really new player is Ox, who is in. He deserved it 100 per cent and can help us tonight hopefully. That’s all.”
Remember this? I do! It was a busy night in the Anfield press box.
Jurgen Klopp makes four changes from the 3-0 win over Huddersfield at the weekend. Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Emre Can and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all start with Simon Mignolet, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge dropping out. Roberto Firmino leads the attack.
CONFIRMED TEAMS - LIVERPOOL: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino... Subs: Mignolet, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Grujic, Solanke, Sturridge. /// MARIBOR: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Billong, Suler, Viler, Bohar, Pihler, Kabha, Hotic, Mesanovic... Subs: Obradovic, Palcic, Vrhovec, Ahmedi, Bajde, Vrsic, Tavares.
Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the Champions League Group E clash between Liverpool and NK Maribor at Anfield. The Reds can take a big step towards the knockout stage with a victory over the Slovenian PrvaLiga side they put seven past without reply just a few weeks ago. Are we set for another goal-fest or can the visitors spring something of a surprise? Kick off 19:45 GMT.