Liverpool blow Maribor away in ruthless first half display

Ruthless Liverpool

Liverpool have struggled in front of goal in recent weeks but couldn’t stop finding the back of the net in the first half of their Champions League clash against Maribor on Tuesday evening.

The Slovenian side were easy prey for the Reds’ collection of slick attackers.

It took less than four minutes for Liverpool to open the scoring. Their speedy pocket rocket Mohamed Salah left his marker for dead before whipping in an easy cross for Roberto Firmino to tuck away.

Already playing catch-up, Maribor were a little bit shaken by the dismal start.

Worse was to follow when Liverpool doubled their advantage ten minutes later through Philippe Coutinho. James Milner, making a rare start this season, crossed to the Brazilian to score with a first-time effort.

Five minutes later, it was 3-0. Or 0-3 if you want to be pedantic. And accurate.

Roberto Firmino played a slick pass through the defence for Salah to run on to. The defence seemed dazed and maybe even hopeful that an offside flag might help them out. It wasn’t to be as Salah slotted home with ease.

Salah would add to his tally shortly before half-time, or at least that’s how it appeared. The closest marker to him was Firmino, who was also after a second goal. The Egyptian gets the plaudits.

As things stand

Liverpool are heading for the top of their Champions League group. Having drawn their other two games, this inevitable win will be a huge relief for Jurgen Klopp. Sevilla are currently tied 1-1 at Spartak Moscow.

If they Spanish side manages to get three points in Russia, they’ll move two points clear of Liverpool.

Maribor had done well to hold Spartak when they visited Slovenia but couldn’t hold their shape half as well against Liverpool. The only other home fixture they have to look forward to is against Sevilla.