NK Maribor vs Liverpool: Match analysis
Liverpool FC vs NK Maribor always promised plenty of goals and a steam rolling display from the Premier League giants . Liverpool showed a city like desire to keep going despite knowing very early three points are in the bag.
Jurgen Klopp fielded a strong team retaining the line up from the Saturday game with Milner starting as the Captain of the night in place of Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold and Karius getting a start ahead of Joe Gomez and Simon Mignolet.
From the opening minute the Liverpool’s attackers blazed past a slow to react Maribor defence. Before knowing what was happening they were already two nil down with goals from Firmino and Coutinho within the opening 12 minutes.
The Forwards particularly seemed to enjoy the open spaces in the attacking third and ran and dribbled their heart’s content which they severely lacked in the crunch home match against Manchester United in the Premier League.
Liverpool opened the scoring on four minutes when Firmino finished from close range after Salah broke free down the right.
Coutinho made it 2-0 with a half-volley drifting away from the keeper’s grasp from James Milner’s pull-back before Salah scored twice showing his finesse while finishing off passes from Firmino then Alberto Moreno as the Reds led 4-0 at half-time.
Firmino added a fifth with a flicked header from Coutinho’s free-kick as the Reds got their biggest ever Champions League Away win.Daniel Sturridge linked up with fellow substitute Oxlade-Chamberlain for the latter to score his first goal for the club to make it 6-0, and Alexander-Arnold sealed the rout with a deflected 30-yard strike without any pressure from the tired home defence.
Liverpool despite being clinical in front of goal played some poor passes and lost possession which was unexpected of them. Passes from which they lost possession it seemed were somewhat half hearted and a bit careless maybe knowing that the game was already wrapped up.
A Maribor midfielder managed to gave a the away fans a scare when the he sneaked past the marking of the Red shirts and managed to get a free header in front a helpless Karius but somehow managed to put it wide.
The match was a indicative of Jurgen Klopp and his Co’s free scoring and a hungry Liverpool side but they have to show more discipline in midfield and in defence if they are to pass the bigger test in the future.