Published: Tue, October 17, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Klopp To Make 3 Changes: Predicted Liverpool XI vs Maribor

Klopp To Make 3 Changes: Predicted Liverpool XI vs Maribor

Klopp's side have played two Champions League group matches in that period and, as both ended in a draw, the pressure is on Liverpool to secure three points at Maribor and stamp their authority on a favourable group.

The Reds have drawn their first two games in Group E - 2-2 at home to Sevilla and then 1-1 in Russian Federation against Spartak Moscow - and now sit second in the table. "There is space for us to improve, of course, but the shape in general is good", added the German manager, sounding humble but confident.

But the former Borussia Dortmund boss was quick to defend his team after a run of just one win from their last eight matches ahead of Tuesday's clash with Maribor, claiming his side can not be blamed for the defeat to City that sparked their poor period of results.

Maribor have not conceded more than one goal in a single match during their last 19 home UEFA Champions League matches (includes qualifying). "Why should we lose confidence?"

He was criticised for not reacting quickly enough to the free-kick which allowed Spartak to take an early lead in Moscow last time out which put his side under pressure.

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"Loris will start. If nothing happens from here on the way to Maribor, then Loris will start", said Klopp as Liverpool's 21-man squad flew to Slovenia.

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 are the only team yet to pick up a card in this season's Champions League.

"Now, we face a decisive moment in the group stage".

"Now we have twice Maribor and know we know what we have to do - we have to get the points".

"I saw that they're an offensive-minded team, offensive players really strong, in style, keeping and protecting the ball, fluent play, different buildup formations, trying to find the two No. 6s, playing through balls-stuff like this. We need to be ready for this battle".

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