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Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah lead Liverpool rout of Maribor

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Liverpool breezed to their first Champions League Group E win of the season as they blasted past Maribor 7-0.
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Liverpool breezed to their first Champions League Group E win of the season as they blasted past Maribor 7-0.

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's Firmino, Coutinho, Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain & Alexander-Arnold scored against Maribor - LFCGO.COM
Liverpool’s Firmino, Coutinho, Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain & Alexander-Arnold scored against Maribor.

Klopp’s Brazilian duo were not finished there though, as Coutinho set up Firmino to head home the fifth shortly after the break.

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.

How the goals went in
Liverpool opened the scoring on four minutes when Firmino finished from close range after Salah broke free down the right.

Coutinho made it 2-0 with a half-volley from James Milner’s pull-back before Salah scored twice, finishing off passes from Firmino then Alberto Moreno as the Reds led 4-0 at half-time.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp applauds the fans at the end of the match. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp applauds the fans at the end of the match. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters

Firmino added a fifth with a flicked header from Coutinho’s free-kick as the Reds claimed their biggest Champions League victory since an 8-0 home victory over Turkish side Besiktas on 6 November 2007.

Daniel Sturridge linked up with fellow substitute Oxlade-Chamberlain for the latter to score his first goal for the club to make it 6-0, and Alexander-Arnold sealed the rout with a deflected 30-yard strike.


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