Liverpool FC: Why the Reds’ drubbing of Maribor is something to build on

Liverpool’s frustrations of the barren draw with Manchester United during the weekend were unleashed on Tuesday night when they utterly bulldozed past NK Maribor in the Champions League.

The Reds took no prisoners in their capitulation of the Slovenian side, as they thumped them 7-0 in their third match of Group E.

Liverpool went into the history books with the result, surpassing the 6-0 win by Leeds United over Norwegian side Lyn in 1969, as the biggest away win in the history of the Champions League and European competition.

Having previously drawn their first two games in the group, the win took Jurgen Klopp’s side to top of the Group E ahead of Spartak Moscow on goal difference.


End poor run

Prior to the match Liverpool had only managed one win in eight games across all competitions; a lackluster string of results in any way, shape or form.

The emphatic win couldn’t have been at a more impeccable timing, as immense pressure was starting to compound on Jurgen Klopp over the results.

The quality of the opponents of the day may be put to question, but if Liverpool needed to make a statement of intent, then the message that they were not just there to make up the numbers was well amplified.


Goals bring confidence

Even though Liverpool were massive favorites ahead of the encounter, no matter how you look at it, winning by daylight with several playing getting off the mark is something to build on.

Both Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah scored a brace while Philippe Coutinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold scored a goal apiece.

Having multiple goal scorers, more so in the absence of the injured Sadio Mane, is a shot in the arm for the Merseyside club, and a solid result to build on ahead of this weekend’s trip to Wembley; Tottenham’s new home.


Written by Brian Humphrey

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