Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will not underestimate Maribor, despite thrashing them 7-0 on their own turf.
The Reds crushed their opponents two weeks ago and are expected to complete another routine victory over the Slovenians in the return fixture at Anfield tonight. However, Klopp referred to a lesson learned from German football history as reason why Liverpool cannot afford any complacency as they try to take a decisive step towards qualification from Group E.
It may not quite be on the same level but the Reds boss highlighted to the 1954 World Cup final, a famous moment in his country’s sporting past, as an important reference point.
“I am from Germany so I know in 1954 we lost against Hungary in the group stage really clear then won the World Cup final,” he said. “Nobody would have expected that. That’s football. That is how I learned it pretty early in my life. It’s always possible. It’s all about our performance.
“We have to use the little advantage of being the home team, using the crowd, being spot on again. We did so well in Maribor at the end it looked like a big difference but it was only because of our start. We have to do that again.”