Liverpool 3, Maribor 0
Liverpool cruised to a second three-goal win at Anfield in the space of five days as they took another step towards the Champions League knockout stage.
The Reds found Maribor more stubborn opponents than in last month’s 7-0 romp in Slovenia but broke the deadlock just after half-time when forward Mohamed Salah flicked in his 10th goal of the season.
James Milner saw a penalty expertly saved by veteran Maribor goalkeeper Jasmin Handanovic, 39, but the midfielder set up Emre Can to net the hosts’ second goal.
Striker Daniel Sturridge climbed off the bench to score in consecutive matches for the first time in 10 months as Liverpool retained top spot in Group E.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will guarantee their progress to the last 16 of Europe’s top club competition for the first time in nine seasons if they win their next match at Sevilla, who beat Spartak Moscow 2-1.