Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah lead Liverpool rout of Maribor

With the notable exception of José Mourinho’s stifling tactics at Anfield it had always seemed a question of when, not if, Liverpool would polish their performances with a finishing touch. The answer arrived in emphatic style in Maribor, where Jürgen Klopp’s side recorded the biggest away win in Liverpool’s rich European history and ignited their Champions League campaign.

A run of one win in eight matches before the visit to Slovenia had tested Klopp’s humour but not his conviction that Liverpool are “on a good way” and more assured than recent results had suggested. Seven unanswered goals away from home in the Champions League would support that belief. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both scored a double while Philippe Coutinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with his first Liverpool goal, and Trent Alexander-Arnold were also on the scoresheet as Klopp’s team climbed to the top of their group.

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