UEFA Champions League 2017/18 - Maribor vs Liverpool Preview

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Ideally, Klopp would be in a position to rest a couple of key players ahead of another important Premier League clash next weekend - they travel to Wembley to face Tottenham on Sunday - but Liverpool can not afford to drop any more points and must be wary of Maribor, who are unbeaten in their domestic league.

"I cannot say now, but maybe after the next worldwide break he could be back". No chance. It is the last place I would do things like this.

Liverpool only managed to accrue two points from their opening group stage fixtures against Sevilla and Spartak Moscow respectively and now lie second in their group having scored more goals than the Russian outfit, who have also drawn both of their group games.

He added: "We know we play Maribor twice and we wasted points already".

Klopp also spoke of the home side's "fluent play, different build-up formations" and their attempts to "find the two No.6s, playing through balls" and "stuff like this".

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Martin Keown believes Jurgen Klopp must be growing infuriated with his team's inability to defend despite Kenny Dalglish endorsing Liverpool's exciting style of football.

Liverpool have failed to win any of their last seven UEFA Champions League group stage matches.

However, the former Borussia Dortmund boss says they have no reason to be low on confidence following the standard of their recent performances. "I can not now mention it if I need it and then when I don't need it then I say it's not important", continued the boss. The one time Leeds United manager will take a tip from United counter-part Jose Mourinho and look to concede possession to their visitors, flood the passing lanes with bodies and hope that Brazilian forward Marcos Tavares or Bosnian attacker Jasmin Mesanovic can sneak one on the break or get on the end of a set-piece.

There's agitation and annoyance in Liverpool, not just with Jurgen Klopp, who must be sick to death of saying "we were the better team again". They usually have to attack, they are the top team in Slovenia. We can be really focused on this one.