Liverpool – Maribor
Liverpool faces Maribor in a match from Group E of the UEFA Champions League. This game will be played at the Anfield Stadium on Wednesday night.
Liverpool are leading the group with just 5 points won so far, having a better goal difference compared to Spartak Moscow. The Reds’ record so far is one win and two draws, which is not their most convincing performance ever, but so far it’s enough to be first in the group.
Two weeks ago Liverpool travelled to Slovenia to meet Maribor and the match ended with a magnificent 7-0 win for the English side. It was a total domination by Jurgen Klopp’s team, who won its first game in the competition for this season. Before that Liverpool made two consecutive draws against Sevilla and Spartak Moscow.
Maribor on the other hand remain with the one point won against Spartak Moscow in the first round of the group stage. Even before the start of the group stage we know that they are the underdogs here and so far there’s nothing surprising regarding their performance.
In the English Premier League Liverpool are struggling. Jurgen Klopp’s team is 6th in the standings, being on 12 points behind the leader Manchester City. Which is hardly acceptable for them. In the last five matches in the Premier League Liverpool won just twice, including against Huddersfield Town in the last round.
There’s some serious pressure on Klopp’s shoulders right now. Many of Liverpool’s fans are getting unsatisfied with the team’s performance under the German manager’s guidance. The Champions League is a good way for him to make his life at the club a little bit easier.
As for Maribor, they are currently 2nd in the Slovenian 1. SNL. Maribor have the same amount of points as the leader Olimpija, but the champions are second based on goal difference.