Maribor 0 Liverpool 7: Firmino, Coutinho and Salah on target in Champions League rout
LIVERPOOL rewrote the record books and breathed new life into their Champions League campaign last night.
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Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both scored twice and Philippe Coutinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Trent Alexander-Arnold all netted as the Reds recorded their best away win in Europe.
The visitors’ bright orange kit may be hard on the eye but the football they played in it certainly was not.
Suddenly the future looks bright for Jurgen Klopp’s men in Europe after a display of ruthless efficiency.
The Klopp boss said before this Group E game in Slovenia that Liverpool had wasted time and points in their opening two Champions League games after they were held by both Sevilla and Spartak Moscow.
But they made up for lost time here and were in front after just four minutes when Salah pounced on a sloppy pass from Mitja Viler before crossing for Firmino to tap in.
The second followed nine minutes later with Salah involved again as this time he pushed a ball out to James Milner.
The midfielder’s cross was met perfectly on the volley by Coutinho who scored for the third successive away game.
Milner was impressing in the middle of the park after getting a surprise start as skipper Jordan Henderson was rested and Oxlade-Chamberlain was left on the bench.
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The game was almost out of reach for the home side in the 19th minute as Firmino turned provider for Salah with a through ball and the Egyptian ace made no mistake.
A fourth arrived before the break as Alberto Moreno slid the ball in for Salah to net.
The Reds had nine shots on target in the opening 45 minutes and converted four of them as they proved they had found the route back to goal.
It was 5-0 just nine minutes after the restart and it was two of the three musketeers in attack who combined.
Coutinho’s free-kick was met by Firmino with a glancing header that sailed past Jasmin Handanovic.
Oxlade-Chamberlain came on in the 57th minute and made it six with a close-range finish four minutes from time before Alexander-Arnold’s deflected shot sealed the rout.