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Liverpool's manager Juergen Klopp.

Ideally, Klopp would be in a position to rest a couple of key players ahead of another important Premier League clash next weekend - they travel to Wembley to face Tottenham on Sunday - but Liverpool can not afford to drop any more points and must be wary of Maribor, who are unbeaten in their domestic league.

"It sounds like I am the charismatic, funning loser", said a somewhat bemused Klopp.

Two points from their opening two group matches is not what boss Jurgen Klopp would have expected, especially after surrendering a winning position late on at home to Sevilla in their opening game.

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.

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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.

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. It was disappointment after the game and that is because we deserved more. Maribor have won only one of their eight games against English opposition in all competitions (D2 L5), a 2-1 win against Wigan Athletic in the 2013/14 Europa League group stages.

"They are a good footballing team".

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

There hasn't been a match with more than two goals scored during Maribor's last 15 home UEFA Champions League matches (includes qualifying). They usually have to attack, they are the top team in Slovenia. "We need to fight, help each other, adapt".

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