Liverpool v Maribor: Champions League – live!

Liverpool: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno; Milner, Can, Wijnaldum; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah

Subs: Mignolet, Gomez, Henderson, Sturridge, Grujic, Robertson, Solanke

Hello. Jürgen Klopp has been warning his players against complacency as Liverpool prepare to meet a side whom they spanked 7-0 just a couple of weeks ago. To emphasise his point Klopp invoked the 1954 World Cup final - the so-called Miracle of Berne - when West Germany amazingly beat Hungary 3-2 despite having been led on a merry dance by the Mighty Magyars in the group stages of the very same tournament, when Hungary sashayed to an 8-3 win. Max Morlock opened the scoring for the Germans in the final before Helmut Rahn struck twice; reports that several German players barfed in the dressing room after the match and that others later came down with jaundice does not amount to proof that Pervitin played a role in the campaign. Still, perhaps Klopp could have used a different reference: he could even have mentioned that Liverpool lost 2-1 to Besiktas in the 2007-08 Champions League before facing the same side at Anfield a few weeks later and taking spectacular revenge in the form of an 8-0 victory. That is still a record scoreline for this stage of the Champions League, although, since we are too often guilty of overlooking Welsh club football, we should point out that Bangor City were demolished 10-0 by HJK Helsinki in the qualifying round of the 2011-12 tournament. Liverpool, though, won’t be focusing on records today because they’re got to concentrate simply on securing the victory they need given in a group that is proving tighter than expected. From a neutral viewpoint, then, we need Liverpool to fire in a few early goals and they shift into record-chasing mode. Failing that, a shock early lead for the Slovenians could make things interesting ...

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