Liverpool Thrash Maribor Again To Move Closer To Knockout Stage

Liverpool moved closer towards the Champions League knockout stages for the first time since 2008-09 with a hard-fought victory over Maribor.

It was a difficult first half for Jurgen Klopp’s men as they found it difficult to score a single goal in a match that needed to win with high margin, even though they had 83% ball possession.

However, Mohamed Salah broke the deadlock in the second half with a clever, flicked finish but James Milner had a penalty brilliantly saved by 39-year-old goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic.

Midfielder Emre Can exchanged passes with Milner to curl in the second from the edge of the box and Daniel Sturridge drilled in a third late on.

Maribor’s best chance fell to Martin Milec, but his low drive was collected by Loris Karius, the only save he made in the match.

Jurgen Klopp’s side remain top and unbeaten in Group E with eight points from four games. They face Sevilla away and Spartak Moscow at home in their remaining games.

In the group’s other game, Sevilla moved up to second by beating Spartak 2-1.

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