Michael Owen praises Liverpool performance against Maribor: It was lovely to see

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. The side is in second place with 28 points through 12 games.

Roberto Firmino handed them the flawless start inside four minutes on Slovenian soil.

The Champions League match between Maribor and Liverpool will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Plus.

Liverpool went in with a comfortable 4-0 lead at the break in what was a much simpler first half than their previous two group games.

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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.

It was only the seventh time an English club had scored four first half goals in the Champions League. Sadio Mane remains a long-term absentee.

With Maribor's resistance well and truly broken, Liverpool were able to relax knowing that a first three-point haul of the season in Champions League competition was on the way.

Liverpool's profligacy sparked criticism of Klopp's failure to buy a top-class striker and, irritated by questions about his trophyless two-year reign, he sarcastically labelled himself a "charismatic, amusing loser" earlier this week. They have also never kept a clean sheet in those eight games.

It was Liverpool's first win in the group this season, and although they weren't made to work hard for the result, Klopp will be pleased with the ruthlessness his side showed, along with a welcome clean sheet.

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