Liverpool v Maribor: Live matchday blog
Liverpool retained their position at the top of Champions League Group E with a 3-0 success over Maribor at Anfied. Mohamed Salah, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge were on target for the Reds, with all of the goals coming in the second half.
There was much to come out of the manager's post-match press conference, including a couple of injury updates.
- For the latest on Gini Wijnaldum's injury, click here
- For an update on Philippe Coutinho, click here
- And for his general take on a good night's work for Liverpool, click here
Elsewhere in Group E...
Sevilla's 2-1 win over Spartak Moscow in Spain leaves the table looking like this after tonight.
The La Liga side are next up for Liverpool on November 21.
Stats all, folks...
The story of the night in Opta widgets...
Liverpool edge towards the knockout phase of the Champions League with a 3-0 win over Maribor that ensures they consolodate their position at the top of Group E.
After a goalless - and largely frustrating - first half, Mohamed Salah opened the scoring just after the interval when he nudged in a 10th of the campaign so far.
Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge added gloss to the scoreline and the Reds are a point ahead of Sevilla in the standings.
GOAL! DANIEL STURRIDGE!
Sturridge makes his mark on the contest by netting a third for the Reds at the death.
A corner makes its way to the striker at the back post; he controls on his thigh and lashes it into the net from six yards out.
Liverpool's last change sees Firmino make way for Grujic.
Mo's work is done. Daniel Sturridge is on to replace him.
Alexander-Arnold wins the ball back high up the pitch and moves forward before shooting low and hard towards the bottom near corner; however, it's just wide.
First shot on goal for Maribor as Milec meets a cleared corner with as sweetly a struck half-volley as you're likely to see, but it's too close to Karius to trouble our goalkeeper.
GOAL! EMRE CAN!
Liverpool finally further their lead - and it comes via a well-worked effort from Emre Can.
The German moves into space outside the box and plays a slick one-two with Milner to slice open the Maribor defence before curling into the bottom corner first time.
Alexander-Arnold whacks a free-kick towards the top corner from 25 yards... just over.
Another good opportunity goes begging for Liverpool as Salah heads a quite sublime centre from Moreno over the crossbar unmarked from six yards out.
Firmino does well to drag the ball down in the area from a corner, but his drive is brilliantly thwarted by the sprawling dive of Handanovic.
Milner assumes responsibilities and strikes low towards the goalkeeper's left... but Handanovic pushes it onto the post and Maribor clear.
Penalty to Liverpool!
Firmino is hauled down after some outrageous skill inside the box and the Reds have a spot kick.
GOAL! MOHAMED SALAH!
And there's the breakthrough! And it comes via our top scorer, Mohamed Salah.
The No.11 notches his tenth of the season so far as he meets Alexander-Arnold's cross at the near post and nudges it beyond Handanovic from eight yards out.
Latest match odds
Here is how BetVictor see it at the interval...
Liverpool - 2/13
Draw - 5/1
Maribor - 25/1
Click here for more details.
And we're off again...
Liverpool re-start at Anfield.
The first half in numbers...
And it's goalless at the break
No breakthrough for Liverpool in the opening half here at Anfield, despite over 80 per cent of the ball. Maribor return to the dressing room with the scoreline at 0-0.
Moreno's swirling cross finds Matip at the back post, but he miscues his header.
Firmino rises to meet Milner's corner with his head, but directs it into the ground and well wide.
84 per cent possession for Liverpool so far... but no breakthroug yet.
Sublime cross from Oxlade-Chamberlain finds Can unmarked in the middle...but he gets under the ball and bounces a header high over the bar.
The closest Liverpool have come so far as Firmino stoops to head Oxlade-Chamberlain's cross towards goal.
It looks destined for the top corner...until Handanovic springs into the air to palm it onto the bar and behind.
Alexander-Arnold's whipped cross finds Salah unmarked at the back post, but he can't get it under control.
Henderson scuffs a left-foot shot wide of the post from distance after Milner's cross from a free-kick was headed away.
Milec goes into the book for a pull on Salah.
Liverpool finally open up Maribor, but Ox's shot from Firmino's brilliant cross is blocked quite spectacularly by Billong and goes behind for a corner.
Salah attempts to pull down a long ball into the area, but it bounces away from him and into the 'keepers hands.
Here is that change - Gini cannot continue. Henderson is on.
Liverpool are going to be forced into an early change here - Wijnaldum has a knock and is struggling. Jordan Henderson is being readied.
Firmino meets Alexander-Arnold's cross with a glancing near-post header, but it's way off target and skims wide of the far post.
First half chance of the game as Milner pulls Can's pass back into the path of Oxlade-Chamberlain, but he's thwarted by Rajcevic before he can strike at goal.
Liverpool force an early corner, but Maribor scramble it to safety.
Our guests look like their happy to sit deep here in the early stages.
And we're off...
Maribor kick us off at Anfield. Come on you Mighty Reds!
Klopp on LFC's line-up
Jürgen has been explaining the thinking behind his team selection for tonight's game, which includes four changes and a start for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
He said: "The only really new player is Ox, who is in. He deserved it 100 per cent and can help us tonight hopefully. That’s all.”
Click here to read what he had to say in full.
~~~~~WEATHER LATEST FROM ANFIELD~~~~~
It's currently a 10 degrees at Anfield, with clear skies above.
Unseasonably mild, you might say.
Either way, it's a nice night for it.
Why not take a look inside the dressing room...
...go on, you know you want to.
The Reds arriving at Anfield...
Anfield under the lights is always impressive.
Here’s the Liverpool line-up in full…
Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Klavan, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Mignolet, Gomez, Robertson, Henderson, Grujic, Sturridge, Solanke.
The teamsheet is in and confirms four changes for the Reds from Saturday’s victory over Huddersfield Town.
Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Emre Can and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain come into the starting XI for the clash with Maribor.
Set to start?
Team news will be confirmed in around half an hour at Anfield. We know Loris Karius is set to start in goal for Liverpool, but who else will Klopp select to face the Slovenian champions? Stay right here to find out.
Ready to go...
On this day...
...back in 2005, Liverpool were in Champions League action at Anfield.
Anderlecht were the opponents, and they were brushed aside 3-0 by the European Cup holders.
Fernando Morientes, Luis Garcia and Djibril Cisse were the scorers for the Reds as they edged towards progression for the last-16 stage.
This Is Anfield
If you're planning on grabbing a match programme at Anfield this evening, this is what you're looking out for.
Read all about it
Our on-the-whistle match report from the U19s' 3-0 win over Maribor in the UEFA Youth League is now available.
Shouting the odds
Here's what BETVICTOR think about tonight's match-up.
NK Maribor 50/1
Fans attending tonight's game are reminded that large bags cannot be brought into the stadium.
Stats all, folks
Five of the six goals scored by the Reds in Europe at Anfield this season have come within the opening 37 minutes.
"We, the team, have come in for criticism this season and it’s come because we haven’t been consistent enough with our results. Anyone who’s watched us since we started at Watford knows we’ve been playing well enough and the performance level has been, by and large, pretty consistent. But the results haven’t and at Liverpool you need the results."
Interesting stuff from the skipper in his programme notes - read them here.
The U19s go ahead after just four minutes as Curtis Jones sees a low effort deflected in before that lead is doubled by a Ben Woodburn penalty.
Go on, lads!
The Rt Rev James Jones' Hillsborough report has been released by the Home Office. https://t.co/zGwz3vUaBF https://t.co/8vEqGo1FoD— LFC (Liverpool FC) 1st Nov 12:12
The #LFCU19s team to face NK Maribor in the UEFA Youth League. Updates here from 12.30pm GMT. https://t.co/mwOcnBeVEz— LFC (Liverpool FC) 1st Nov 11:18
The U19s take on their Maribor counterparts in the UEFA Youth League at 12.30pm GMT and you can follow live coverage on Twitter @LFC.
“We don’t think for a second about the first result. We want to win this game and that’s all we’re looking for. The last game is only important for us for the analysis. What do we have to do again? What can we do better? That’s pretty much all.”
The boss isn't expecting a straightforward game tonight - read more from him here.
Matchday. 🆚 @nkmaribor 🏆 @ChampionsLeague ⌚ 7.45pm BST 🏟 Anfield 🖼 @FerryLFC https://t.co/g9Bonsz8pH— LFC (Liverpool FC) 1st Nov 08:08
And we're off
Welcome to our live matchday blog for tonight's Champions League meeting with Maribor at Anfield.
The Reds ran out 7-0 winners in their last meeting with the Slovenian champions but will be taking nothing for granted as they aim to keep themselves in in charge of Group E with another victory this evening.
Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, live match updates and more!