Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Red-hot Liverpool hit seven to ignite Champions League campaign

Red-hot Liverpool hit seven to ignite Champions League campaign

A report in the Liverpool Echo newspaper last week suggested the club have spent around £23m every summer since Fenway Sports Group took the club over seven years ago and it simply isn't anywhere near enough to compete at the top of the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool have been breathtaking and infuriating in equal measure this season, but it all came together on Tuesday as they displayed their devastating attacking prowess in a 7-0 victory against Maribor. SNL title as they now sit second in the table, two points behind Olimpija Ljubljana. Maribor is unbeaten and with just four draws, and just two points separates Maribor from first place.

Sadio Mane is another major absentee.

In Group E, the Reds are now placed second, level on points with Spartak Moscow, but two points behind Sevilla after two draws in as many games.

Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with his first Liverpool goal, and Trent Alexander-Arnold completed the rout in the closing stages as the visitors registered their biggest win under manager Juergen Klopp.

Darko Milanic does not have a lot of injury concerns to deal with ahead of the visit of Liverpool, but the Maribor boss will be without centre-backs Marko Suler, Denis Sme and young striker Luka Zahovic for Tuesday's home encounter. And back-to-back matches against Slovenian champions Maribor present the Merseysiders with an ideal opportunity to strengthen their claim for progression to the knockout phase, before ending their campaign with a hard trip to Sevilla and home clash with Spartak Moscow.

Maribor have faced an English opposition eight times previously, managing to win just one of those fixtures (D2 L5) - a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic in the 2013-14 Europa League group stage. Sporting Lisbon only picked up a point away in Slovenia's second biggest city, while Schalke clinched a narrow 1-0 win.

All we would ask is for Liverpool's transfer decision makers to sign the two players that could turn a very promising team into trophy contenders and the events of the first couple of months of this season highlight the two positions in need of strengthening.

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