Liverpool Match Day Updates – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned them to stay alert and be as ruthless as they can against Maribor, the side they beat 7:0 in their Champions League match.
Liverpool recorded the biggest away win in their European history against the Slovenian champions two weeks ago – indeed the biggest by any English team away in the European Cup – but Klopp claims he will be content with a 1-0 victory in the return. He cited West Germany’s 3-2 win over Hungary in the 1954 World Cup final as a reason why. Germany secured their first World Cup not only after trailing 2-0 in Bern but having lost 8-3 to the Mighty Magyars in the first round of the tournament. Klopp will use a 63-year-old history lesson to guard against complacency at Anfield.
The Liverpool manager believes a more recent event – Saturday’s 3-0 defeat of a defensive Huddersfield Town – should serve as ideal preparation for facing Maribor, who had to train late at Anfield on Tuesday due to a delayed flight. Darko Milanic’s team conceded seven goals in 86 minutes to Liverpool having conceded only four times in 10 domestic home matches all season. And Klopp claims their domestic form – unbeaten after 14 games and joint-top of the league with Olimpija Ljubljana – is a more accurate reflection of their quality than the chaotic, careless display served up in the first encounter with Liverpool.