Liverpool boss Klopp confirms Karius to start Maribor clash

Mark Lawrenson says Liverpool will hold Manchester United to a draw

Klopp bemoaned the negative tactics deployed by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in last Saturday's 0-0 draw at Anfield and was quick to suggest such defensive tactics would not be acceptable if they were being used by a Liverpool manager.

When asked about Karius, Klopp said: "Yes, Loris will start. It's the last place I would do things like this", he added.

Liverpool are second in their Champions League group, having drawn their opening two games.

Klopp's side have played two Champions League group matches in that period and, as both ended in a draw, the pressure is on Liverpool to secure three points at Maribor and stamp their authority on a favourable group.

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.

"We have to be confident".

"So far it has been okay but not what we know he is able to do".




Speaking at his pre-match press conference, he warned of the dangers of underestimating a team such as Maribor.

I have to say when I was looking at this that I felt there was a big opportunity for a bet on Maribor at 20/1. "We need to be fearless and we need to be concentrated".

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.

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".

"In the moment, actually, yes it is the key game because it is the only one we can play now".

The injury-prone England global has looked a shadow of the player who scored 24 goals in 33 games in his first season at Anfield and would be fortunate to lead the line against Maribor, although Klopp may be tempted to drop Roberto Firmino to the bench ahead of another grueling schedule.

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

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