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Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Reds run riot as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both score twice

It was the night the chances finally went in for Liverpool.  Three in the first 20 minutes against Maribor; four before half-time; three more as Liverpool decided to indulge in a Manchester City impersonation,  cruising through the second half to go top of Group E.  If Maribor’s scouts watched Jurgen Klopp’s side squander so many opportunities in recent fixtures, they can be forgiven for feeling  persecuted as Liverpool cut loose to secure their first group stage win of  the campaign.  Mohamed Salah, recently declared the Prince of Egypt for his World Cup heroics, gave another regal performance for his new club, scoring twice and  scampering the Slovenians into submission. He now has eight since his  summer move from Roma. If he was more clinical he would already have double, but such criticism seems churlish.  Roberto Firmino (C) gives Liverpool an early lead  Roberto Firmino also struck two and Philippe Coutinho maintained his hot  streak.  Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain’s first Liverpool goal four minutes from the end and Trent Alexander-Arnold deflected strike from distance made it a  flawless evening.  They even kept another clean sheet, but most reassuring was Liverpool reacquainting themselves with their attacking zeal.  Klopp knows what they will say. It was only Maribor. It was a game Liverpool could not fail to win as the hosts generously gifted possession at will. There was nothing truly impressive to see here.  That would be a harsh appraisal considering Liverpool’s results heading into this fixture and Maribor’s previously excellent home record, including  notable results against Premier League opponents. Klopp’s side had one victory in their last eight games before rampantly rediscovering their goal  touch.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal They needed to learn to learn to win again, although typically with this side their were no half measures. Eking out away wins in tough European venues will not do, so they sought and located a team to thrash.  Lest we forget, Liverpool’s Champions League run was horrendous going into the match, winning only three of their last 14 games in the group stage of the tournament. Their last away success prior this in 2009. A triumph here is to be cherished, and the manner of it served only to  confirm Klopp’s theory that a chance conversion rate was all that separated his team from glowing references. He has felt all along someone was due a hiding and from the early stages Maribor looked helpless against Liverpool’s nifty front three.  Klopp knew how important this was, saying he would not change much in his  side, but he could not resist some tweaks. Mohamed Salah celebrates making it 3-0 Jordan Henderson was left out, James Milner taking both his place and the captain’s armband. Milner was superb in an advanced midfield role, foraging in areas that made it seem mystifying he has not started more often.  Oxlade-Chamberlain still could not get a start despite the manager’s encouraging pre-match observations. Andy Robertson still cannot get a place on the bench.  But at least one summer signing is making an impression, Salah’s importance growing in the injured Sadio Mane’s absence. The African was the  tormentor-in-chief, teeing up Firmino for the first on four minutes following Mitja Viler’s error. UEFA had more joy stopping Firmino than Maribor’s defenders, the Brazilian initially blocked from entering the stadium on arrival by a zealous official because of he had left his identity card on the team bus.  Salah and Firmino combined with Milner to create the second for Coutinho. Milner’s cross was weighted perfectly, as was the volley past the beleaguered Maribor keeper Jasmin Handanovic.  With that, Coutinho became the first Liverpool player since Steven Gerrard (in 2014) to score in four successive away games.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Salah’s first was courtesy of a Firmino assist, and he tapped in Liverpool’s fourth shortly before half-time, winning the sprint to the goalline with his Brazilian team mate.  Still Liverpool came, the second half starting with the same momentum. Given his side’s dominance Klopp seemed curiously agitated on the touchline, chastising every wayward pass or encouragement offered the opponent. You sensed having waited for this for weeks he was intolerant of  any easing up. If anything, the pace quickened after the interval and Firmino glanced Coutinho’s free-kick for the fifth on 54 minutes. That was the signal Klopp needed to rest Salah for later exertions, with Oxlade-Chamberlain introduced.  The former Arsenal man was denied his first Liverpool goal on 76 minutes,  Handonovic saving with his legs, but he added the sixth ten minutes later. Daniel Sturridge, who featured for the last 23 minutes, was the provider.  Sturridge replaced Firmino. Klopp is often called a romantic, but he saw no reason to enable his stars chase the first hat-trick away in the  Champions League since Michael Owen in Moscow, 2002.  Dominic Solanke also replaced Georginio Wijnaldum. Generally the  substitutions upset the flow, Liverpool knowing the job was done, but  Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexander-Arnold made it even more satisfying for the visitors.  With Spartak Moscow relegating Sevilla into third spot, Liverpool know a win in the return fixture in two weeks time will keep Klopp’s side in control of the group.  9:32PM Full-time - Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 That's your lot. Liverpool have recorded their biggest ever European away win, and go top of Group E. Poor, poor Maribor - that must have been absolutely horrible.  9:31PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 7 (Alexander-Arnold 90') It's SEVEN nil to Liverpool! Alexander-Arnold takes aim from about 25 yards out and his shot takes a wicked deflection to completely wrong-foot Handanovic. The shot may actually have been going wide so it be given as an OG.  Maribor 0 - 7 Liverpool (Trent Alexander-Arnold, 90 min) 9:29PM 89 min Hotic is booked for clumsily leaping into Can as they competed to win a header.  9:27PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 6 (Oxlade-Chamberlain 86') And he has scored the irrelevant sixth goal as I predicted he would! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Liverpool account with a simple, stroked finish from about 10 yards out after strolling onto Sturridge's well-weighted through ball.  Maribor 0 - 6 Liverpool (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 86 min) 9:24PM 84 min Oxlade-Chamberlain produces another one of those horribly misdirected passes that will no doubt soon be Gif-ed up by gleeful Arsenal fans.  9:21PM 81 min Spartak Moscow lead Sevilla 4-1 now, so Liverpool will definitely be top of Group E by the end of the night.  9:19PM 79 min Milner does brilliantly down the right, twisting and turning his way to the byline before digging out an excellent cross that Coutinho meets but can't direct goalwards.  James Milner breaks clear 9:17PM 78 min So nearly a first Liverpool goal for Oxlade-Chamberlain. The winger collects Handanovic's dreadful clearance, skips past his Viler, and fires in a low shot from around the penalty spot that the Maribor keeper blocks with his legs.  9:16PM 76 min Final Liverpool change - Solanke on for Wijnaldum.  9:15PM 75 min Liverpool look like they've declared here, and aren't going to push too much for the sixth. Do they not know there's a European club away record at stake?!  9:11PM 71 min Incidentally in tonight's other Group E match Spartak lead Sevilla 2-1 in Moscow, which would leave Liverpool top after three matches played.  Everything's coming up Millhouse! Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (R) tries to break clear for Liverpool  9:08PM 68 min Liverpool change - Firmino, scorer of two of Liverpool's goals, is replaced by Sturridge.  9:07PM 66 min Maribor venture into the Liverpool box for the first time pretty much all match, but Matip gets across to clear Bohar's cross from the left.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 9:05PM 65 min Not much happening but it's all set up for Oxlade-Chamberlain to open his Liverpool account with an irrelevant sixth goal.  9:04PM 64 min Liverpool chilling at the moment, passing it around with no real urgency. Their thoughts might understandably be turning now to Sunday's trip to Wembley to face Spurs.  9:01PM 61 min We've just had a few minutes without a gilt-edged Liverpool chance - the longest such period in about half an hour.   Firmino flicks in Liverpool's fifth 8:58PM 58 min Oxlade-Chamberlain has a decent chance straight away, but he volleys over from Moreno's cross.  Maribor respond with a double change - Hotic for Kramaric and Philer for Ahmedi.  8:57PM 57 min Liverpool make their first change of the night, as Salah is replaced by Oxlade-Chamberlain.  Two goals and a very tidy display from Salah tonight.  8:55PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 5 (Firmino 54') Those near misses turn out to be a temporary reprieve for Maribor, as Firmino beautifully flicks a back header into the bottom corner from Coutinho's whipped free-kick from the left.  Maribor 0 - 5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 54 min) 8:54PM 53 min Wijnaldum nearly makes it 5-0, but he's stretching to meet Firmino's cut-back, and he can't get a proper connection on his shot from about 12 yards out. Coutinho then has a free-kick from about 25 yards out saved by Handanovic.  8:52PM 52 min Surely that's a penalty for Liverpool? Lovren goes to meet a header at the far post but he's beaten to the ball by the extremely high foot  of the Maribor defender. Referee Viktor Kassai waves away the appeal.  Roberto Firmino has a shot for Liverpool 8:50PM 50 min Liverpool force another corner, and Maribor so nearly gift their opponents a fifth with some more comedy defending. Eventually they get away with it as Lovren loops a volley into Handanovic's arms.  8:47PM 47 min Liverpool at it straight away at the start of the half, as Firmino's low cross is only just cleared away by Suler. From the resulting corner, Moreno smashes a daisy cutter a few feet wide from the edge of the box.  8:45PM 46 min We're back under way in Slovenia. Liverpool's biggest European away win is 5-0. That record could well be beaten tonight.  8:39PM Who's played well? Milner has been very impressive in what is only his third start of the season. Coutinho, Firmino and Salah have all been impressive and scored but could have had more.  You suspect the likes of Sturridge, Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will be desperate to get on the pitch and try and grab a goal or two.  8:35PM Liverpool well on top The numbers from that first half make for pretty grim reading for Maribor.  Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal Average touch positions (half time) 8:30PM 45 min The half-time whistle goes. It's been an absolute shellacking so far.  Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 to Liverpool 8:30PM 44 min Firmino has a chance to make it five, but he drags his effort just wide. Coutinho then has a shot well saved by Handanovic from about 12 yards out.  Milec picks up the first booking of the night for grabbing Coutinho's shirt.  This is ridiculously one-sided.  8:28PM 41 min That fourth goal was another lovely Liverpool move, with Moreno galloping forward nicely from left-back.  Maribor though almost get one back, as Ahmedi's floated free-kick is headed wide from about six yards out by an unmarked Suler.  8:26PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 4 (Salah 40') They're queuing up to score for Liverpool, and it looks like it's Salah who just beats Firmino to tap home Moreno's low cross.  Maribor 0 - 4 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 39 min) 8:24PM 39 min Kabha has a shot from about 30 yards for Maribor that can only be described as a pea-roller. The sort of shot to which the only resonse is to call out 'wheeeey'.  8:23PM 38 min Milner's been excellent so far, popping up all over the pitch, and always looking to be positive when he gets the ball. His cross from the right is blocked, before Coutinho works a yard for a shot in the area that's deflected safely into Handanovic's grasp.  8:20PM 35 min Firmino latches onto Salah's cross from the right, but the Brazilian is dispossessed and the chance goes. I suspect another one will present itself soon enough.  8:17PM 32 min More patient passing from Liverpool eventually ends with a volley from Salah from the edge of the box that's straight at Handanovic. Maribor vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:14PM 29 min Maribor have their first shot on target, as Viler cuts inside from the left and tries to squeeze in a shot at the near post that is easily held by Karius.  Mohamed Salah in action against Maribor 8:12PM 27 min Poor Maribor, they just can't keep hold of the ball for any length of time. Liverpool meanwhile are purring, and Salah has a go from the edge of the box that's comfortably saved by Handanovic.  Salah then has the ball in the back of the net, but he's adjudged to have been just offside. That was extremely tight.  8:10PM 24 min What cross that is from Alexander-Arnold! The young full-back whips a ball in from the right that is begging to be tapped in, but somehow evades the Liverpool forwards in the box.  8:06PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 3 (Salah 19') Firmino plays a dead straight through ball, and Salah gallops onto it, before passing the ball into the bottom corner with his left foot from the inside right channel.  This really could end up being anything, Liverpool are absolutely battering Maribor here.  Maribor 0 - 3 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 19 min) 8:04PM 19 min Liverpool appeal for a penalty, as Salah's pass flicks onto Kabha's hand, but there's nothing really in that.   Liverpool players celebrate Firmino's opener  8:01PM 16 min It should be 3-0! Again Salah slips in Milner, whose pinpoint cross from the right is flicked wide by Firmino at the near post. Moreno then slashes an effort wide down the left from about 15 yards out, as Liverpool cut through their shellshocked opponents at will.  7:59PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 2 (Coutinho 13') Well you felt this could be a spanking, and Liverpool certainly look in the mood. Salah feeds Milner down the right, and the midfielder's hugely intelligent chipped pull-back is half-volleyed home from about 12 yards by Coutinho.  Liverpool cruising and well on their way to a first Champions League win in more than three years.  Maribor 0 - 2 Liverpool (Philippe Coutinho, 13 min) 7:57PM 11 min Liverpool very happy to patiently pass the ball around, as Maribor remain very deep despite conceding that early goal.  7:54PM 8 min Maribor have their first foray forward, but Vrhovec's shot is well off target from about 25 yards out.  Miss: Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Blaz Vrhovec, 8 min) 7:52PM 8 min Milner very nearly doubles Liverpool's lead, but his left-footed shot from the edge of the box is well saved and held onto by Handanovic.  7:52PM 7 min Liverpool are all over their opponents now, and there should be plenty of chances tonight for them to finally start clocking up the goals that have eluded them in so many matches this season.   7:50PM GOAL! Maribor 0 Liverpool 1 (Firmino 4') Perfect start for Liverpool, as Firmino gives them the lead after just four minutes. Salah is gifted the ball by Suler high up the pitch in the inside right channel, and the Egyptian canters through before squaring for Firmino to tap in from a few yards.  Maribor 0 - 1 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino, 4 min) 7:48PM 3 min Maribor are sitting back and letting Liverpool stroke the ball around. It looks like Emre Can is playing in the deep-lying central midfield role normally occupied by Jordan Henderson.  7:45PM Kick-off The teams come out to the very intimate Ljudski vrt (translated as the beautiful person's garden), which has a capacity for European matches of just 8,000. Liverpool get us under way, and a reminder of the teams for this one.  Maribor starting XI: Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke 7:40PM Teams are in the tunnel Liverpool need to be far more clinical tonight -  in their first two matches in the competition this season they have had 29 more shots than their opponents (17 v Sevilla, 12 v Spartak).  7:27PM This is great Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino was not allowed into the stadium after forgetting his pass. Good to see he took the rejection in good spirits.  Also...those teeth. They're even more glowing than usual in that light.  No ID? No entry ⛔ Even if you are Roberto Firmino... pic.twitter.com/Z4dJJrOx80— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2017 7:23PM Case for the defence Michael Owen really has improved a huge amount as a pundit. He's just explained very eloquently that Liverpool's defensive issues are not just a back-five problem, but a consequence of the mindset of the team and the way both full-backs bomb on despite the absence of a screening midfielder.  It will be interesting tonight to see which of Can, Milner or Wijnaldum - if any - is tasked with sitting in front of the defence and offering some protection.  Georginio Wijnaldum (L) goes through his pre-match warm ups  7:15PM Out of form Liverpool's recent Champions League record really is terrible. They've failed to win their last seven games (D4 L3) stretching across two seasons, which is their longest ever winless run in the competition. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine Champions League games. Maribor meanwhile have never won a home match in the Champions League (D3 L4). 7:03PM Klopp on his team selection The Liverpool manager has made just three changes tonight, and explained on Monday why he is going with a strong side against the supposed weakest team in the group: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.” What would Twitter medical troll and Klopp's bete noire Raymond Verheijen make of it?  6:52PM Preamble Evening all, Welcome to tonight's coverage of Maribor vs Liverpool, as Jurgen Klopp's side look to get their first Champions League win of the season. In fact their last victory in the competition was back in September 2014 when club legends Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli scored in a 2-1 win over Ludogorets.  Liverpool's last Champions League away win incidentally (excluding qualifiers) was a 1-0 success against Hungarian side Debrecen in November 2009, when Rafael Benitez was manager and David N'Gog was leading the line. Anyway, we digress. Liverpool are coming into this match on the back of a poor run that has seen them pick up just win from their last eight matches, including Saturday's dismal 0-0 draw with Manchester United.  The tension of the poor run appears to have been getting to Klopp, who turned on reporters after his side's 1-1 draw at Newcastle a couple of weeks ago, and then channelled his inner Joe Pesci at yesterday's press conference.  Philippe Coutinho will look to get on the scoresheet again tonight  Responding to journalist suggesting that Klopp had charisma “which fans love”, but unlike Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho he “fails to win big titles”, Klopp said: “I'll make a summary, yeah? It sounds like I am a charismatic, funny loser.”  Klopp and Liverpool desperately need a win tonight to lighten the mood at Anfield and to put them in a strong position to qualify for the second phase - hence the strong side that they are putting out this evening. After drawing their first two matches, Liverpool sit in second place, ahead of Spartak Moscow on goals scored and a point ahead of tonight's opponents Maribor. Sevilla are top with four points.  Maribor's solitary point came on the opening matchday in a home draw against Spartak Moscow, before they took a 3-0 beating away at Sevilla a couple of weeks later.  The Slovenian side are currently second in their domestic league having not lost any of their first 12 matches.  Their dangerman is striker Damjan Bohar, who will look to unsettle the Liverpool back four with his pace and trickery, and should the visitors fall behind it will be interesting to see how they respond given their recent difficulties.  My prediction for what it's worth: Liverpool to claim a 3-1 win.  6:46PM And for Maribor... Maribor starting XI:Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Bohar, Ahmedi, Kramaric, Tavares Maribor subs: Obradovic, Billong, Palcic, Pihler, Hotic, Vrsic, Mesanovic 6:44PM Team news The Liverpool team is in, and Klopp has made three changes from the side that drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday.  Karius (as expected), Alexander-Arnold and Milner come in for Mignolet, Gomez and Henderson.  Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is on the bench again for Liverpool 6:41PM Preview What is it? This is a Champions League group stage match between Slovenian champions Maribor and Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's side have drawn their opening two games in the competition What time is kick-off? As ever with Champions League matches, it will kick off at 7.45pm UK time. What TV channel is it on? BT Sport ESPN. If you don't have BT Sport, you can follow all the action with live updates on this page. Jurgen Klopp is keen to avoid complacency in Slovenia Credit: afp What is the team news, who is injured and suspended? Maribor:  Maribor have few injury problems. Marko Suler and Denis Sme are sidelined for the hosts, but Luka Zahovic and Dare Vrsic, who both missed out against Sevilla, are fit and available for selection. Liverpool: Klopp has confirmed that Loris Karius will return as goalkeeper in place of Simon Mignolet, who kept a clean sheet in Saturday's Premier League draw with Manchester United. Sadio Mane has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a hamstring problem, but there are no new injury concerns. Adam Lallana, Adam Bogdan and Nathaniel Clyne are the only other first-teamers who are unavailable. Joe Gomez is back after missing the trip to Spartak Moscow due to suspension. Loris Karius will start in goal for Liverpool Credit: epa What are potential line-ups? Maribor (4-2-3-1): Handanovic, Milec, Rajcevic, Suler, Viler, Kabha, Vrhovec, Pihler, Ahmedi, Bohar, Tavares Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Gomez, Lovren, Matip, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Salah Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pushing for a starting spot Credit: getty images What are the odds? Maribor win: 16/1 Draw: 6/1 Liverpool win: 1/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers

'Older, better' Dzeko feeling good on return to England

Former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko believes he has improved as a player as he prepares to face Chelsea with Roma on Wednesday.

AS Roma Press Conference

Soccer Football - AS Roma Press Conference - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - October 17, 2017 AS Roma's Edin Dzeko during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

AS Roma Press Conference

Soccer Football - AS Roma Press Conference - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - October 17, 2017 AS Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

AS Roma Press Conference

Soccer Football - AS Roma Press Conference - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - October 17, 2017 AS Roma's Edin Dzeko during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

AS Roma Press Conference

Soccer Football - AS Roma Press Conference - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - October 17, 2017 AS Roma's Edin Dzeko during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

AS Roma Press Conference

Soccer Football - AS Roma Press Conference - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - October 17, 2017 AS Roma's Edin Dzeko during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

AS Roma Press Conference

Soccer Football - AS Roma Press Conference - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - October 17, 2017 AS Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

AS Roma Press Conference

Soccer Football - AS Roma Press Conference - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - October 17, 2017 AS Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco and Edin Dzeko during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

AS Roma Press Conference

Soccer Football - AS Roma Press Conference - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - October 17, 2017 AS Roma's Edin Dzeko during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/John Sibley

Morata ready for return against Roma - Alonso

Marcos Alonso believes Alvaro Morata can replicate his early season form if he's picked for Chelsea's Champions League match against Roma.

Morata ready for return against Roma - Alonso

Marcos Alonso believes Alvaro Morata can replicate his early season form if he's picked for Chelsea's Champions League match against Roma.

Morata ready for return against Roma - Alonso

Marcos Alonso believes Alvaro Morata can replicate his early season form if he's picked for Chelsea's Champions League match against Roma.

UCL LIVE: Liverpool Routs Maribor; Man City Leads Napoli; Madrid, Spurs Level

The Champions League group stage hits its halfway point for half of the teams in the field on Tuesday, with Matchday 3 kicking off with a few scintillating matchups.

Real Madrid hosts Tottenham in a clash of Group H leaders, while Manchester City welcomes Napoli to the Etihad, where two of Europe's most prolific attacks will go head-to-head.

Elsewhere, Besiktas will look to continue its impressive run in the competition at Monaco, while Christian Pulisic aims to rebound from the USA's World Cup qualifying disappointment in Borussia Dortmund's match in Cyprus, where the Bundesliga power seeks its first points in the group at APOEL.

Here is the full slate for today's matches (all begin at 2:45 p.m. ET):

Spartak Moscow vs. Sevilla

Maribor vs. Liverpool

Manchester City vs. Napoli

Feyenoord vs. Shakhtar Donetsk

Monaco vs. Besiktas

RB Leipzig vs. Porto

Real Madrid vs. Tottenham

APOEL vs. Borussia Dortmund

Stay tuned here for live updates and highlights of goals and key plays (refresh for most recent updates).

LIVERPOOL SUPPLIES THE EXCLAMATION POINT

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold put the finishing touches on Liverpool's thrashing of Maribor, scoring the Reds' sixth and seventh of the day to make it 7-0 in Slovenia. The result, coupled with Spartak Moscow's result vs. Sevilla, will shoot Liverpool to the top of the group.

NAPOLI PULLS ONE BACK

Given the gift of a second penalty, Napoli happily took advantage, with Amadou Diawara beating Ederson from the spot to make it 2-1 at the Etihad in the 73rd minute.

APOEL STUNS DORTMUND–FOR A MOMENT

Dortmund figured it'd get back on track in the Champions League at lowly APOEL, but the Cypriot side has other ideas. Mickael Pote's goal just after the hour mark put Dortmund stunningly behind 1-0 and in need of a change in fortune–and fast. That came from its captain, as Sokratis Papastathopoulos finished off a pass from Mario Gotze five minutes later to make it 1-1.

SPARTAK PULLS AWAY

Spartak Moscow took another lead on Sevilla after conceding the equalizer, with Lorenzo Melgarejo scoring the go-ahead goal off Quincy Promes's assist in the 58th minute. It extended that lead to 3-1 soon after, with Denis Glushakov doing the honors and coming up with the vital insurance goal.

Luiz Adriano netted the fourth in the 74th minute, making it 4-1 and adding to the Russian champions' statement, which comes on the heels of drawing Liverpool on Matchday 2.

LLORIS ROBS BENZEMA

?Real Madrid looked like it would take a 2-1 lead in the second half, with Karim Benzema having a point-blank chance, but Hugo Lloris came to the rescue, with a full-extension kick save on the goal line. Just tremendous.

BESIKTAS TAKES ITS FIRST LEAD

Cenk Tosun scored his second of the day, giving Besiktas a 2-1 lead in the 54th minute at Monaco and putting the Turkish club in line for its third win in as many matches.

BERNARD SENDS SHAKHTAR AHEAD

?Bernard scored for a second time in response to Feyenoord's opener, giving Shakhtar Donetsk its first lead of the day, a 2-1 advantage.

FIRMINO MAKES IT HIGH FIVE FOR LIVERPOOL

Three points are going Liverpool's way. Roberto Firmino struck for his second of the day with a glancing header, making it 5-0 at Maribor.

RONALDO PK BRINGS REAL MADRID LEVEL

Serge Aurier gifted Real Madrid an opportunity to equalize after fouling Toni Kroos with a rash challenge, and Cristiano Ronaldo obliged, beating Hugo Lloris from the spot just minutes before halftime to make it 1-1 in Madrid.

SALAH MAKES IT FOUR

Mohamed Salah, fresh off becoming Egypt's hero in World Cup qualifying, boosted his own stock with his second goal of the day, as both he and Roberto Firmino converged on a cross at the far post before the former tapped home to give Liverpool a 4-0 lead over Maribor.

EDERSON SAVES MERTENS'S PK

Ederson bailed out his teammate, Kyle Walker, saving a penalty kick from Dries Mertens after the England fullback committed the foul. The save preserved Man City's 2-0 lead.

GOALS GALORE IN LEIPZIG

RB Leipzig scored twice in quick succession to seemingly pull away from Porto, but Ivan Marcano pulled one back just before halftime, and the two sides went into the locker room with the hosts leading 3-2. The match also featured this sensational show of skill from Jean-Kevin Augustin.

MONACO, BESIKTAS GO BLOW FOR BLOW

Monaco is looking to give Besiktas its first setback of the competition, and was on its way after Radamel Falcao's opener at the half-hour mark. But the in-form Cenk Tosun answered four minutes later on a wonderful header, making it 1-1.

VARANE OWN GOAL GIVES SPURS LEAD

All eyes were on Harry Kane at the Bernabeu, where it's speculated that Real Madrid will make a massive offer for the Tottenham star, and he made an impact in the 28th minute. Serge Aurier crossed for Kane, whose run prompted Raphael Varane to inadvertently direct the ball into his own goal to give Spurs a 1-0 lead in the Spanish capital.

Real Madrid had wasted an earlier chance, after Cristiano Ronaldo's header clanged off the post and Karim Benzema pulled the rebound wide of an empty net.

SEVILLA RECOVERS AFTER EARLY CONCESSION

It's never easy going on the road, but Sevilla, which entered the day atop Group E, expected a simpler match at Spartak Moscow. It went down early as Quincy Promes scored in the 18th minute, but Simon Kjaer responded in the 30th off the corner kick to make it 1-1.

SALAH MAKES IT THREE

It certainly appears to be Liverpool's day. After setting up Roberto Firmino for the opener, Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 for Liverpool–with Firmino returning the favor–within 20 minutes at Maribor.

RB LEIPZIG, PORTO EXCHANGE EARLY GOALS

Willi Orban scored in the eighth minute for host RB Leipzig, but Vincent Aboubakar answered 10 minutes later off a throw-in sequence, bringing Porto level at 1-1 in their anticipated Group G clash.

MAN CITY CAN'T BE STOPPED

Gabriel Jesus made it 2-0, finishing off a sensational ball from Kevin De Bruyne to double the Manchester City advantage over Napoli at the 13-minute mark.

COUTINHO DOUBLES THE LIVERPOOL LEAD

It's been all Liverpool in Slovenia, where Philippe Coutinho doubled the advantage for Jurgen Klopp's side, scoring for a fourth straight game.

STERLING SCORES FIRST VS. NAPOLI

Manchester City's sizzling form continued early vs. Napoli at the Etihad, where Raheem Sterling pounced on a blocked shot to score the opener for the Premier League side.

FEYENOORD HOLDS RARE ADVANTAGE, GIVES IT UP

?Dutch champion Feyenoord has had a brutal start to the competition, losing its first two games to Man City and Napoli, but it got off to a good start against Shakhtar Donetsk, with Steven Berghuis scoring in the seventh minute. That didn't last all that long, though, with Bernard equalizing in the 24th minute.

FIRMINO GIVES LIVERPOOL EARLY LEAD

Roberto Firmino wasted no time, finishing off an early cross from Mohamed Salah on the counterattack to give Liverpool a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute.

Here are the lineups for today's games:

Spartak Moscow vs. Sevilla

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Maribor vs. Liverpool

Manchester City vs. Napoli

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Feyenoord vs. Shakhtar Donetsk

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Monaco vs. Besiktas

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RB Leipzig vs. Porto

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Real Madrid vs. Tottenham

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APOEL vs. Borussia Dortmund

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Matchday 3 concludes on Wednesday, with Chelsea-Roma highlighting the slate. PSG is also in action, at Anderlecht, while Jose Mourinho returns to Portugal as Manchester United meets Benfica.

UCL: Liverpool Routs Maribor; Man City Edges Napoli; Real Madrid, Tottenham Draw

The Champions League group stage hit its halfway point for half of the teams in the field on Tuesday, with Matchday 3 featuring some scintillating matchups and some eye-opening results.

Tottenham went to Real Madrid and earned a 1-1 draw, with Hugo Lloris coming up big in goal. Spurs' Premier League mates Liverpool and Manchester City were big winners Tuesday, with the former rolling to a 7-0 thrashing vs. Maribor, while the latter held off high-powered Napoli. The big surprise of the day happened in Cyprus, where Borussia Dortmund had to fight for a mere draw vs. APOEL, and though it didn't lose ground on Group H-leading Real Madrid and Tottenham, it missed a golden opportunity to make up some.

Elsewhere, Besiktas stayed perfect, coming from behind to win at Monaco, while in the other game in that group, RB Leipzig held off Porto in a five-goal thriller.

Here are the results for the day:

Spartak Moscow 5, Sevilla 1

Maribor 0, Liverpool 7

Manchester City 2 Napoli 1

Feyenoord 1, Shakhtar Donetsk 2

Monaco 1, Besiktas 2

RB Leipzig 3, Porto 2

Real Madrid 1, Tottenham 1

APOEL 1, Borussia Dortmund 1

And here's how the day played out across the competition.

LIVERPOOL SUPPLIES THE EXCLAMATION POINT

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold put the finishing touches on Liverpool's thrashing of Maribor, scoring the Reds' sixth and seventh of the day to make it 7-0 in Slovenia. The result, coupled with Spartak Moscow's result vs. Sevilla, will shoot Liverpool to the top of the group.

NAPOLI PULLS ONE BACK

Given the gift of a second penalty, Napoli happily took advantage, with Amadou Diawara beating Ederson from the spot to make it 2-1 at the Etihad in the 73rd minute.

APOEL STUNS DORTMUND–FOR A MOMENT

Dortmund figured it'd get back on track in the Champions League at lowly APOEL, but the Cypriot side has other ideas. Mickael Pote's goal just after the hour mark put Dortmund stunningly behind 1-0 and in need of a change in fortune–and fast. That came from its captain, as Sokratis Papastathopoulos finished off a pass from Mario Gotze five minutes later to make it 1-1.

SPARTAK PULLS AWAY

Spartak Moscow took another lead on Sevilla after conceding the equalizer, with Lorenzo Melgarejo scoring the go-ahead goal off Quincy Promes's assist in the 58th minute. It extended that lead to 3-1 soon after, with Denis Glushakov doing the honors and coming up with the vital insurance goal.

Luiz Adriano netted the fourth in the 74th minute, making it 4-1 and adding to the Russian champions' statement, which comes on the heels of drawing Liverpool on Matchday 2.

LLORIS ROBS BENZEMA

?Real Madrid looked like it would take a 2-1 lead in the second half, with Karim Benzema having a point-blank chance, but Hugo Lloris came to the rescue, with a full-extension kick save on the goal line. Just tremendous.

BESIKTAS TAKES ITS FIRST LEAD

Cenk Tosun scored his second of the day, giving Besiktas a 2-1 lead in the 54th minute at Monaco and putting the Turkish club in line for its third win in as many matches.

BERNARD SENDS SHAKHTAR AHEAD

?Bernard scored for a second time in response to Feyenoord's opener, giving Shakhtar Donetsk its first lead of the day, a 2-1 advantage.

FIRMINO MAKES IT HIGH FIVE FOR LIVERPOOL

Three points are going Liverpool's way. Roberto Firmino struck for his second of the day with a glancing header, making it 5-0 at Maribor.

RONALDO PK BRINGS REAL MADRID LEVEL

Serge Aurier gifted Real Madrid an opportunity to equalize after fouling Toni Kroos with a rash challenge, and Cristiano Ronaldo obliged, beating Hugo Lloris from the spot just minutes before halftime to make it 1-1 in Madrid.

SALAH MAKES IT FOUR

Mohamed Salah, fresh off becoming Egypt's hero in World Cup qualifying, boosted his own stock with his second goal of the day, as both he and Roberto Firmino converged on a cross at the far post before the former tapped home to give Liverpool a 4-0 lead over Maribor.

EDERSON SAVES MERTENS'S PK

Ederson bailed out his teammate, Kyle Walker, saving a penalty kick from Dries Mertens after the England fullback committed the foul. The save preserved Man City's 2-0 lead.

GOALS GALORE IN LEIPZIG

RB Leipzig scored twice in quick succession to seemingly pull away from Porto, but Ivan Marcano pulled one back just before halftime, and the two sides went into the locker room with the hosts leading 3-2. The match also featured this sensational show of skill from Jean-Kevin Augustin.

MONACO, BESIKTAS GO BLOW FOR BLOW

Monaco is looking to give Besiktas its first setback of the competition, and was on its way after Radamel Falcao's opener at the half-hour mark. But the in-form Cenk Tosun answered four minutes later on a wonderful header, making it 1-1.

VARANE OWN GOAL GIVES SPURS LEAD

All eyes were on Harry Kane at the Bernabeu, where it's speculated that Real Madrid will make a massive offer for the Tottenham star, and he made an impact in the 28th minute. Serge Aurier crossed for Kane, whose run prompted Raphael Varane to inadvertently direct the ball into his own goal to give Spurs a 1-0 lead in the Spanish capital.

Real Madrid had wasted an earlier chance, after Cristiano Ronaldo's header clanged off the post and Karim Benzema pulled the rebound wide of an empty net.

SEVILLA RECOVERS AFTER EARLY CONCESSION

It's never easy going on the road, but Sevilla, which entered the day atop Group E, expected a simpler match at Spartak Moscow. It went down early as Quincy Promes scored in the 18th minute, but Simon Kjaer responded in the 30th off the corner kick to make it 1-1.

SALAH MAKES IT THREE

It certainly appears to be Liverpool's day. After setting up Roberto Firmino for the opener, Mohamed Salah makes it 3-0 for Liverpool–with Firmino returning the favor–within 20 minutes at Maribor.

RB LEIPZIG, PORTO EXCHANGE EARLY GOALS

Willi Orban scored in the eighth minute for host RB Leipzig, but Vincent Aboubakar answered 10 minutes later off a throw-in sequence, bringing Porto level at 1-1 in their anticipated Group G clash.

MAN CITY CAN'T BE STOPPED

Gabriel Jesus made it 2-0, finishing off a sensational ball from Kevin De Bruyne to double the Manchester City advantage over Napoli at the 13-minute mark.

COUTINHO DOUBLES THE LIVERPOOL LEAD

It's been all Liverpool in Slovenia, where Philippe Coutinho doubled the advantage for Jurgen Klopp's side, scoring for a fourth straight game.

STERLING SCORES FIRST VS. NAPOLI

Manchester City's sizzling form continued early vs. Napoli at the Etihad, where Raheem Sterling pounced on a blocked shot to score the opener for the Premier League side.

FEYENOORD HOLDS RARE ADVANTAGE, GIVES IT UP

?Dutch champion Feyenoord has had a brutal start to the competition, losing its first two games to Man City and Napoli, but it got off to a good start against Shakhtar Donetsk, with Steven Berghuis scoring in the seventh minute. That didn't last all that long, though, with Bernard equalizing in the 24th minute.

FIRMINO GIVES LIVERPOOL EARLY LEAD

Roberto Firmino wasted no time, finishing off an early cross from Mohamed Salah on the counterattack to give Liverpool a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute.

Here are the lineups for today's games:

Spartak Moscow vs. Sevilla

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Maribor vs. Liverpool

Manchester City vs. Napoli

?

Feyenoord vs. Shakhtar Donetsk

?

Monaco vs. Besiktas

?

RB Leipzig vs. Porto

?

Real Madrid vs. Tottenham

?

APOEL vs. Borussia Dortmund

?

Matchday 3 concludes on Wednesday, with Chelsea-Roma highlighting the slate. PSG is also in action, at Anderlecht, while Jose Mourinho returns to Portugal as Manchester United meets Benfica.

Antonio Conte rues Chelsea’s ‘thin’ squad and ponders Álvaro Morata recall

Antonio Conte overseas training before Chelsea’s Champions League match with Roma. ‘We have players in our team who are not used to playing three games in a week,’ said the manager.

Antonio Conte bemoans injury-hit Chelsea's 'difficult situation' as former target Radja Nainggolan comes to town

There was a sense of symmetry in the fact Antonio Conte was asked about Chelsea’s failed pursuit of Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan in between complaining that his squad is too “thin” to cope with injuries. Conte is once again making no secret of his frustration over Chelsea’s failure to add more players to the squad that won last season’s Premier League title, as the Blues attempt to bounce back from two successive defeats when they face Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Alvaro Morata will return to lead Chelsea’s attack, but Conte is without N’Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater, and may well deploy David Luiz as an extra midfielder to try to help negate the effect of the spate of injuries. But the realisation for Conte that this is a very different Chelsea from the one he perhaps hoped he might be taking charge of actually arrived last summer, when a meeting with Nainggolan proved to be a wasted dinner bill. Prior to formally starting work as Chelsea head coach and the European Championship finals, which was his swansong as Italy’s national coach, Conte met Nainggolan at the Grand Hotel in Rome with the express intention of making the midfielder his first signing. Conte met Nainggolan just before Euro 2016 Credit: Getty images “In the past, yes, we tried to buy him,” confirmed Conte. “But now Nainggolan is Roma's player and I have great respect for him and for Roma, and also for my players. He's a really good player. For me, one of the best midfielders. But he's an opponent.” Conte hoped that signing Nainggolan would be relatively straightforward, given Roma have to sell one of their best players each season and the money he believed was available at Chelsea. But Conte had not been prepared for the fact Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia likes to drive a hard bargain and the Blues failed with two bids of £23million and £25m. Any hope that Nainggolan would push for the move himself was tempered by the fact that Chelsea were surprised to discover the £100,000-a-week wages they were offering were not significantly more that the Belgian was already earning at Roma. Chelsea lost at struggling Crystal Palace at the weekend Credit: Getty images Nainggolan was happy at a club where his cigarette smoking and busy nightlife is tolerated and that again proved to be the case when Manchester United failed with their own bid to sign the 29-year-old this summer. Having allowed potential moves to Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford pass him by, Nainggolan will line up for Roma against Chelsea as a reminder to Conte of his first transfer target who got away. Conte firmly believes that, despite the fact Chelsea have made a number of successful signings since his arrival, all the misses have left him short as he attempts to combine Premier League and Champions League campaigns. “The situation is difficult,” said Conte. “We have to play every three days and it's not simple. Also, because, in this moment, we are thin and we have to play always the same players. Honestly, there is this type of risk to have other injuries. I hope not.” Chelsea remain without N'Golo Kante Credit: Getty images Morata, who is now available again, Kante and Moses have all suffered hamstring injuries in recent weeks, and Conte added: “The problem is we are playing always the same players. And also we have players in our team who are not used to playing three games in a week. Kante, it's the first time. For Moses, the first time. For Morata, it's the first time to play regularly for his team. For Marcos Alonso it's the same. “When you have a lot of games, you need to rotate players. If this is not possible, I have to take risks. Then, for example, against Manchester City Morata was injured after 20 minutes. But if I hadn't put Morata in the starting XI, you'd have told me I'm crazy. Sometimes the players need to rest instead.” Conte, though, insists he is not taking any chances over Morata by starting him on Wednesday night, having resisted the urge to rush him back for the Crystal Palace game that Chelsea lost. Having started their Champions League return with victories over Qarabag and Atletico Madrid, Chelsea are top of Group C – two points ahead of Roma. “I could have taken risks on Saturday and forced him (Morata) to play against Crystal Palace, but I'm not so stupid,” said Conte. “The situation is very difficult. You have to make the best decision and, for sure, I'm not taking a risk if I decide Morata can play on Wednesday night. For sure.”

Antonio Conte bemoans injury-hit Chelsea's 'difficult situation' as former target Radja Nainggolan comes to town

There was a sense of symmetry in the fact Antonio Conte was asked about Chelsea’s failed pursuit of Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan in between complaining that his squad is too “thin” to cope with injuries. Conte is once again making no secret of his frustration over Chelsea’s failure to add more players to the squad that won last season’s Premier League title, as the Blues attempt to bounce back from two successive defeats when they face Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Alvaro Morata will return to lead Chelsea’s attack, but Conte is without N’Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater, and may well deploy David Luiz as an extra midfielder to try to help negate the effect of the spate of injuries. But the realisation for Conte that this is a very different Chelsea from the one he perhaps hoped he might be taking charge of actually arrived last summer, when a meeting with Nainggolan proved to be a wasted dinner bill. Prior to formally starting work as Chelsea head coach and the European Championship finals, which was his swansong as Italy’s national coach, Conte met Nainggolan at the Grand Hotel in Rome with the express intention of making the midfielder his first signing. Conte met Nainggolan just before Euro 2016 Credit: Getty images “In the past, yes, we tried to buy him,” confirmed Conte. “But now Nainggolan is Roma's player and I have great respect for him and for Roma, and also for my players. He's a really good player. For me, one of the best midfielders. But he's an opponent.” Conte hoped that signing Nainggolan would be relatively straightforward, given Roma have to sell one of their best players each season and the money he believed was available at Chelsea. But Conte had not been prepared for the fact Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia likes to drive a hard bargain and the Blues failed with two bids of £23million and £25m. Any hope that Nainggolan would push for the move himself was tempered by the fact that Chelsea were surprised to discover the £100,000-a-week wages they were offering were not significantly more that the Belgian was already earning at Roma. Chelsea lost at struggling Crystal Palace at the weekend Credit: Getty images Nainggolan was happy at a club where his cigarette smoking and busy nightlife is tolerated and that again proved to be the case when Manchester United failed with their own bid to sign the 29-year-old this summer. Having allowed potential moves to Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford pass him by, Nainggolan will line up for Roma against Chelsea as a reminder to Conte of his first transfer target who got away. Conte firmly believes that, despite the fact Chelsea have made a number of successful signings since his arrival, all the misses have left him short as he attempts to combine Premier League and Champions League campaigns. “The situation is difficult,” said Conte. “We have to play every three days and it's not simple. Also, because, in this moment, we are thin and we have to play always the same players. Honestly, there is this type of risk to have other injuries. I hope not.” Chelsea remain without N'Golo Kante Credit: Getty images Morata, who is now available again, Kante and Moses have all suffered hamstring injuries in recent weeks, and Conte added: “The problem is we are playing always the same players. And also we have players in our team who are not used to playing three games in a week. Kante, it's the first time. For Moses, the first time. For Morata, it's the first time to play regularly for his team. For Marcos Alonso it's the same. “When you have a lot of games, you need to rotate players. If this is not possible, I have to take risks. Then, for example, against Manchester City Morata was injured after 20 minutes. But if I hadn't put Morata in the starting XI, you'd have told me I'm crazy. Sometimes the players need to rest instead.” Conte, though, insists he is not taking any chances over Morata by starting him on Wednesday night, having resisted the urge to rush him back for the Crystal Palace game that Chelsea lost. Having started their Champions League return with victories over Qarabag and Atletico Madrid, Chelsea are top of Group C – two points ahead of Roma. “I could have taken risks on Saturday and forced him (Morata) to play against Crystal Palace, but I'm not so stupid,” said Conte. “The situation is very difficult. You have to make the best decision and, for sure, I'm not taking a risk if I decide Morata can play on Wednesday night. For sure.”

Antonio Conte bemoans injury-hit Chelsea's 'difficult situation' as former target Radja Nainggolan comes to town

There was a sense of symmetry in the fact Antonio Conte was asked about Chelsea’s failed pursuit of Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan in between complaining that his squad is too “thin” to cope with injuries. Conte is once again making no secret of his frustration over Chelsea’s failure to add more players to the squad that won last season’s Premier League title, as the Blues attempt to bounce back from two successive defeats when they face Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Alvaro Morata will return to lead Chelsea’s attack, but Conte is without N’Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater, and may well deploy David Luiz as an extra midfielder to try to help negate the effect of the spate of injuries. But the realisation for Conte that this is a very different Chelsea from the one he perhaps hoped he might be taking charge of actually arrived last summer, when a meeting with Nainggolan proved to be a wasted dinner bill. Prior to formally starting work as Chelsea head coach and the European Championship finals, which was his swansong as Italy’s national coach, Conte met Nainggolan at the Grand Hotel in Rome with the express intention of making the midfielder his first signing. Conte met Nainggolan just before Euro 2016 Credit: Getty images “In the past, yes, we tried to buy him,” confirmed Conte. “But now Nainggolan is Roma's player and I have great respect for him and for Roma, and also for my players. He's a really good player. For me, one of the best midfielders. But he's an opponent.” Conte hoped that signing Nainggolan would be relatively straightforward, given Roma have to sell one of their best players each season and the money he believed was available at Chelsea. But Conte had not been prepared for the fact Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia likes to drive a hard bargain and the Blues failed with two bids of £23million and £25m. Any hope that Nainggolan would push for the move himself was tempered by the fact that Chelsea were surprised to discover the £100,000-a-week wages they were offering were not significantly more that the Belgian was already earning at Roma. Chelsea lost at struggling Crystal Palace at the weekend Credit: Getty images Nainggolan was happy at a club where his cigarette smoking and busy nightlife is tolerated and that again proved to be the case when Manchester United failed with their own bid to sign the 29-year-old this summer. Having allowed potential moves to Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford pass him by, Nainggolan will line up for Roma against Chelsea as a reminder to Conte of his first transfer target who got away. Conte firmly believes that, despite the fact Chelsea have made a number of successful signings since his arrival, all the misses have left him short as he attempts to combine Premier League and Champions League campaigns. “The situation is difficult,” said Conte. “We have to play every three days and it's not simple. Also, because, in this moment, we are thin and we have to play always the same players. Honestly, there is this type of risk to have other injuries. I hope not.” Chelsea remain without N'Golo Kante Credit: Getty images Morata, who is now available again, Kante and Moses have all suffered hamstring injuries in recent weeks, and Conte added: “The problem is we are playing always the same players. And also we have players in our team who are not used to playing three games in a week. Kante, it's the first time. For Moses, the first time. For Morata, it's the first time to play regularly for his team. For Marcos Alonso it's the same. “When you have a lot of games, you need to rotate players. If this is not possible, I have to take risks. Then, for example, against Manchester City Morata was injured after 20 minutes. But if I hadn't put Morata in the starting XI, you'd have told me I'm crazy. Sometimes the players need to rest instead.” Conte, though, insists he is not taking any chances over Morata by starting him on Wednesday night, having resisted the urge to rush him back for the Crystal Palace game that Chelsea lost. Having started their Champions League return with victories over Qarabag and Atletico Madrid, Chelsea are top of Group C – two points ahead of Roma. “I could have taken risks on Saturday and forced him (Morata) to play against Crystal Palace, but I'm not so stupid,” said Conte. “The situation is very difficult. You have to make the best decision and, for sure, I'm not taking a risk if I decide Morata can play on Wednesday night. For sure.”

Antonio Conte bemoans injury-hit Chelsea's 'difficult situation' as former target Radja Nainggolan comes to town

There was a sense of symmetry in the fact Antonio Conte was asked about Chelsea’s failed pursuit of Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan in between complaining that his squad is too “thin” to cope with injuries. Conte is once again making no secret of his frustration over Chelsea’s failure to add more players to the squad that won last season’s Premier League title, as the Blues attempt to bounce back from two successive defeats when they face Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Alvaro Morata will return to lead Chelsea’s attack, but Conte is without N’Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater, and may well deploy David Luiz as an extra midfielder to try to help negate the effect of the spate of injuries. But the realisation for Conte that this is a very different Chelsea from the one he perhaps hoped he might be taking charge of actually arrived last summer, when a meeting with Nainggolan proved to be a wasted dinner bill. Prior to formally starting work as Chelsea head coach and the European Championship finals, which was his swansong as Italy’s national coach, Conte met Nainggolan at the Grand Hotel in Rome with the express intention of making the midfielder his first signing. Conte met Nainggolan just before Euro 2016 Credit: Getty images “In the past, yes, we tried to buy him,” confirmed Conte. “But now Nainggolan is Roma's player and I have great respect for him and for Roma, and also for my players. He's a really good player. For me, one of the best midfielders. But he's an opponent.” Conte hoped that signing Nainggolan would be relatively straightforward, given Roma have to sell one of their best players each season and the money he believed was available at Chelsea. But Conte had not been prepared for the fact Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia likes to drive a hard bargain and the Blues failed with two bids of £23million and £25m. Any hope that Nainggolan would push for the move himself was tempered by the fact that Chelsea were surprised to discover the £100,000-a-week wages they were offering were not significantly more that the Belgian was already earning at Roma. Chelsea lost at struggling Crystal Palace at the weekend Credit: Getty images Nainggolan was happy at a club where his cigarette smoking and busy nightlife is tolerated and that again proved to be the case when Manchester United failed with their own bid to sign the 29-year-old this summer. Having allowed potential moves to Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford pass him by, Nainggolan will line up for Roma against Chelsea as a reminder to Conte of his first transfer target who got away. Conte firmly believes that, despite the fact Chelsea have made a number of successful signings since his arrival, all the misses have left him short as he attempts to combine Premier League and Champions League campaigns. “The situation is difficult,” said Conte. “We have to play every three days and it's not simple. Also, because, in this moment, we are thin and we have to play always the same players. Honestly, there is this type of risk to have other injuries. I hope not.” Chelsea remain without N'Golo Kante Credit: Getty images Morata, who is now available again, Kante and Moses have all suffered hamstring injuries in recent weeks, and Conte added: “The problem is we are playing always the same players. And also we have players in our team who are not used to playing three games in a week. Kante, it's the first time. For Moses, the first time. For Morata, it's the first time to play regularly for his team. For Marcos Alonso it's the same. “When you have a lot of games, you need to rotate players. If this is not possible, I have to take risks. Then, for example, against Manchester City Morata was injured after 20 minutes. But if I hadn't put Morata in the starting XI, you'd have told me I'm crazy. Sometimes the players need to rest instead.” Conte, though, insists he is not taking any chances over Morata by starting him on Wednesday night, having resisted the urge to rush him back for the Crystal Palace game that Chelsea lost. Having started their Champions League return with victories over Qarabag and Atletico Madrid, Chelsea are top of Group C – two points ahead of Roma. “I could have taken risks on Saturday and forced him (Morata) to play against Crystal Palace, but I'm not so stupid,” said Conte. “The situation is very difficult. You have to make the best decision and, for sure, I'm not taking a risk if I decide Morata can play on Wednesday night. For sure.”

Nainggolan was a target, now he's an opponent - Conte

Chelea manager Antonio Conte admits his side tried to sign Roma's Radja Nainggolan as the London side prepare to face them in the UEFA Champions League

Nainggolan was a target, now he's an opponent - Conte

Chelea manager Antonio Conte admits his side tried to sign Roma's Radja Nainggolan as the London side prepare to face them in the UEFA Champions League

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