Klopp may be tempted to hand Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a start as he attempts to adjust to his new surroundings at Anfield after leaving Arsenal in the summer, but the 24-year-old has done little to justify such an opportunity. Sadio Mane remains a long-term absentee. 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.
The Reds at least head to Central Europe having kept a clean sheet against United, although it was secured predominantly due to Mourinho's lack of ambition rather than any sign of tactical improvement.
Due to Klopp's rotation policy Karius has not played since then but needs to put in a dominant, confident display in order to prevent more questions about his suitability for such high-profile games.
Klopp noted that Maribor have played "nine Champions League games so far" this season and joked that they "chose the hard way" by going through all three of the necessary qualification rounds, hailing their "quality" and "mentality" to reach the groups.More news: Cavs confirm Richard Jefferson, Kay Felder trade to Atlanta
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Maribor have failed to score in only one of their last 11 home UEFA Champions League matches (includes qualifying).
"Maribor is a top team in Slovenia so they usually have to make the game, attack, do a lot of offensive things".
Liverpool's last away win in the Champions League came against Debrecen in November 2009. We know that's where Liverpool have issues. "I can not now mention it if I need it and then when I don't need it then I say it's not important", continued the boss.
"We need to be confident, fearless and concentrated against a good football playing team". I think this will be another tough night for Liverpool. No chance. It is the last place I would do things like this.