Maribor v Liverpool preview: Reds hunt first Champions League win of season

Posted October 17, 2017

"I need to think about this and not about giving anyone Champions League experience or whatever", Klopp said in response to a suggestion he might have included Ben Woodburn - again in Steven Gerrard's under-19s squad - in the senior squad for the first time.

The Reds at least head to Central Europe having kept a clean sheet against United, although it was secured predominantly due to Mourinho's lack of ambition rather than any sign of tactical improvement.

"Loris will start. If nothing happens from here on the way to Maribor, then Loris will start", said Klopp as Liverpool's 21-man squad flew to Slovenia.

He added: "We know we play Maribor twice and we wasted points already".

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Klopp may be tempted to hand Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a start as he attempts to adjust to his new surroundings at Anfield after leaving Arsenal in the summer, but the 24-year-old has done little to justify such an opportunity.

Meanwhile, Liverpool's only previous encounter with a Slovenian club came in the first round of the 2003/04 UEFA Cup.

He declared that from the games he has watched it is clear that Maribor are "an offensive-minded team" with "offensive players really strong, in style, keeping and protecting the ball".

And he could get his chance tonight when Liverpool take on Maribor tonight in their Champions League Group E clash, even though Klopp refused to give any secrets away about his team selection.

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Maribor are making their third appearance in the Champions League after 1999/00 and 2014/15 but have never reached the knockout stages.

There hasn't been a match with more than two goals scored during Maribor's last 15 home UEFA Champions League matches (includes qualifying).

"I would say there has been no consistency until now".

"We have a good record against English teams, in European competition, with one home win and two draws", The Mirror quotes Pihler as saying. This is the last place to do those things.

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