TalkSPORT 2 Champions League commentary on October 17, 2017

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19 October, 2017

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.

Salah praised his team-mates after the game, saying that bad luck was the reason behind their recent bad form in the Premier League.

Despite being considered favourites heading into the group, the Reds had managed just two points from their opening two matches, draws versus Sevilla and Spartak Moscow.

Nathaniel Clyne meanwhile remains a long-term absentee with a back problem that saw him omitted for the club's Champions League squad list.

Maribor and Liverpool will play the reverse fixture on November 1, the next game of the group stage, at Anfield. They have never scored a few times in those 14 games.

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Liverpool thrashed Maribor 7-0 in Slovenia to earn their biggest European away victory.

Joe Gomez is available as the right-back returns from suspension, but he is likely to be left on the bench - having played against Manchester United on Saturday - with Jurgen Klopp set to use Trent Alexander-Arnold as he continues to rotate his young full-backs.

Liverpool will hold a training session at Maribor's Stadion Ljudski vrt on Monday evening. Yes we will make maybe one or two changes but the first job is not to think the same thing as a lot of you think already and under-estimate the opponent.

The Slovenian outfit have only ever won one match against a team from these shores - a 2-1 victory over Wigan in the 2013-14 Europa League - and they have only one victory in Europe's premier competition to their name (D2 L5), and that came all the way back in 1999. They have also never kept a clean sheet in those eight games.

Liverpool have faced off against Slovenian opposition just twice previously W1 D1), in the first round of the 2003-04 UEFA Cup against Olimpija Ljubljana. They drew 1-1 away against Olimpija Ljubljana before a 3-0 win at Anfield.


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