Maribor vs Liverpool: All you need to know about this Champions League fixture
After the disappointing Red Derby against Manchester United which ended in a goalless draw. Liverpool will now make their trip to Slovenia for their next Champions League fixture against Maribor.
Competition – Champions League
Date – 17th October, 2017, Tuesday(UK)
18th October, 2017, Wednesday(India)
Time – 7:45 pm (BST), 12:15 am (IST)
Venue – Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor, Slovenia
Referee – Viktor Kassai (HUN)
TV Info – BT Sport(UK), Fox Sports(US), Sony Six(India), beIN Sports
Live Stream – beIn Sports Live, Fox Sports Go, Sony Liv
Liverpool play away at Maribor in what turns out to be the start of must win couple of games against NK Maribor. NK Maribor, currently 2nd in their domestic league come into the game with a 3-0 away win against Gorica while Liverpool, currently 8th in the EPL, were held to a 0-0 draw against arch rivals Manchester United at home. But if Liverpool are to qualify from the group, they have to gain maximum points from tonight’s game. For that to happen, Liverpool need to improve their finishing which has been found lacking this season. Also, they have to ensure that no erros occur in the defense.
Liverpool and Maribor are 3rd and 4th in Group E with 2 points and 1 point respectively from 2 games.
Sadio Mane is out for six weeks with a hamstring problem, joining Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne on the sidelines.
Klopp will likely mix up his side after the weekend’s match against Manchester United, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke pushing for starts in Mane’s absence.
For Maribor, center back Denis Sme is still out injured.
Predicted Liverpool XI: Karius, A. Arnold, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Salah, Sturridge, Coutinho, Solanke
Predicted NK Maribor XI: J. Handanovič, A. Rajčevič, M. Viler, M. Milec, J. Billong, M. Kabha, B. Vrhovec, A. Pihler, V. Ahmedi, Marcos Tavares, D. Bohar
Head to head
The two sides have yet to face each other in an official competition.