Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool were the biggest winners of Tuesday’s encounters in the Champions. The Reds siders totally outclassed their hosts as they breezed to their first win in Group E.
Liverpool were not only the better side, they actually went ahead to record one of the biggest wins in the competition by putting seven goals past hapless Maribor.
From the kick-off, it became obvious that the Slovenia side were no match for Jurgen Klopp’s men as the Premier League visitors were three goals to the good within 19 minutes.
Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah all struck within the opening 20 minutes, while the latter added his second of the evening six minutes before the interval.
Liverpool lethal Brazilians were in the mood as Coutinho set up Firmino to head home the fifth shortly after the break. As at that time, the Slovenians have only managed one shot – off target and hadn’t troubled Loris Karius in goal at all.
There was enough time left for former Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to score his first goal for Liverpool, and Trent Alexander Arnold to net a heavily deflected seventh at the death.
Jurgen Klopp would have been greatly satisfied to see the fluency of his attack yielding the desired fruit.
Liverpool is now top of the group with five points with superior goal difference over Spartak Moscow who also destroyed Sevilla in the most surprising result of the night.
The battle for top spot in Group E is likely to go down to the wire with home performance being key to qualification to the next round.
Wednesday, October 18 Fixtures
Qarabag FK vs. Atletico Madrid: (0-2)
Chelsea vs. AS Roma: (2-1)
Barcelona vs. Olympiakos: (4-1)
Juventus vs. Sporting CP: (3-1)
Bayern Munich vs. Celtic: (3-0)
Anderlecht vs. Paris Saint-Germain: (1-3)
Benfica vs. Manchester United: (0-2)
CSKA Moscow vs. FC Basel: (2-1)