UEFA Champions League 2017/18 - Maribor vs Liverpool Preview

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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.

The England global is yet to start a league fixture and Klopp said before the United clash that he still needed time to adapt to Liverpool's style of football. I think it could even be a late goal for them to get the win, with captain Jordan Henderson coming to the rescue with an overdue goal.

A quick turnaround from the meeting with Manchester United on Saturday has Liverpool en-route to central Europe today where they'll look to give their Champions League campaign a kick-start when they square off with Slovenian champions NK Maribor tomorrow night.

Liverpool only managed to accrue two points from their opening group stage fixtures against Sevilla and Spartak Moscow respectively and now lie second in their group having scored more goals than the Russian outfit, who have also drawn both of their group games.

Critics have already been claiming the £35m summer signing from Arsenal could be a flop, pointing to only one start since he arrived and some indifferent displays.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com on board the team flight to Maribor, Klopp said: "It's absolutely good news".

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

"I would say there has been no consistency until now. We showed we can do it but now must do that against every team".

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.

"We have wasted points and the performances have been good".

"The two games we saw against Moscow and Sevilla obviously were a little bit different", Klopp told a press conference.

The German manager noted that Maribor "is a top team in Maribor" and so "usually have to make the game, attack, do a lot of offensive things".

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