Mohamed Salah opens up Maribor for Liverpool to pull away

Jürgen Klopp can add fortune-telling to his list of talents. The Liverpool manager predicted the 3-0 defeat of Huddersfield Town on Saturday would be perfect preparation for their Champions League return with Maribor and so it proved with unerring accuracy. Maribor restored some pride after their 7-0 destruction at home while Liverpool strengthened their claims on the knock-out phase.

There was no rout this time, but there was also no doubting a Liverpool victory from the moment Mohamed Salah opened the scoring against the champions of Slovenia. Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge also struck as Liverpool matched Saturday’s scoreline after a goalless first half and also missed a penalty to repeat the tale of Saturday’s win against David Wagner’s side. Liverpool will qualify from the group with victory in Sevilla this month, although they will have to be the first team to win there in more than a year to do so.

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