Liverpool 3 Maribor 0: Reds brush past stubborn Slovenian resistance

Jurgen Klopp's Reds are in control of Group E after a battling 3-0 home win against Maribor in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Mohamed Salah celebrates his strike against Maribor.   -  Getty Images

Liverpool took a step towards the Champions League knockout stages with a hard-fought 3-0 win at home to Maribor on Wednesday that sent it top of Group E with two games to play.

The Reds had beaten Maribor 7-0 in the reverse game a fortnight ago but Jurgen Klopp's men found the Slovenian champion much harder to open up at Anfield.

Liverpool had taken just four minutes to break the deadlock in Slovenia but it was made to wait until the second half after a frustrating first 45 minutes that saw no clear-cut chances at either end.

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Mohamed Salah's delightful flick from a whipped right-wing Trent Alexander-Arnold cross eased the tension, although Jasmin Handanovic soon stopped James Milner from extending the lead by saving the midfielder's penalty after Roberto Firmino was brought down.

Milner somewhat made amends with a lovely assist for the second goal after 64 minutes, though, Emre Can bending in a fantastic first-time strike that gave Handanovic no chance.

Sevilla's victory over Spartak Moscow leaves Liverpool - which wrapped up the win through Daniel Sturridge - top with eight points ahead of its matchday five meeting against the LaLiga side, while bottom side Maribor can mathematically still qualify, but is four points adrift.

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