UEFA Champions League 2017/18 - Maribor vs Liverpool Preview

Taylor Byrd
October 17, 2017

Joe Gomez is available as the right-back returns from suspension, but he is likely to be left on the bench - having played against Manchester United on Saturday - with Jurgen Klopp set to use Trent Alexander-Arnold as he continues to rotate his young full-backs. On the flip side, it also meant that they kept their first clean sheet of the season, but with the match there to take, it's not exactly a cause for celebration.

News of Lallana's injury in pre-season came as a blow ahead of the start of 2017-18, but Klopp insists as is the case with any fitness issues his squad may have, it's something Liverpool have to accept.

Maribor have lost just one of their last 11 home UEFA Champions League matches (includes qualifying).

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.

The injury-prone England worldwide has looked a shadow of the player who scored 24 goals in 33 games in his first season at Anfield and would be fortunate to lead the line against Maribor, although Klopp may be tempted to drop Roberto Firmino to the bench ahead of another grueling schedule.

Maribor midfielder Aleks Pihler has claimed that he and his teammates will use their positive home record against English teams to boost them for Tuesday's Champions League group match against Liverpool.

"Maribor is a top team in Slovenia so they usually have to make the game, attack, do a lot of offensive things".

Maribor are making their third appearance in the Champions League after 1999/00 and 2014/15 but have never reached the knockout stages. We know that's where Liverpool have issues.

"I would say there has been no consistency until now. We need to be fearless and we need to be concentrated". I think this will be another tough night for Liverpool. This is the last place to do those things.

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