Liverpool boss Klopp confirms Karius to start Maribor clash

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Liverpool only managed to accrue two points from their opening group stage fixtures against Sevilla and Spartak Moscow respectively and now lie second in their group having scored more goals than the Russian outfit, who have also drawn both of their group games.

Liverpool have failed to win their last seven Champions League games (D4 L3), their longest-ever run without a victory in the competition. This is the last place to do those things.

Coming up against the proverbial bus, a combination of poor finishing and outstanding goalkeeping from Red Devils shot-stopper David de Gea meant that Jurgen Klopp's drew another blank against their bitter rivals.

Klopp will likely mix up his side after the weekend's match against Manchester United, with the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke pushing for starts in Mane's absence.

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"Yes, Loris will start".

"Loris will start. If nothing happens from here on the way to Maribor, then Loris will start", he said.

"Ox is a big signing for us, an English global and stuff like this, but coming in and doesn't play regularly - I understand all the things, but everyone needs time, even Ox". I don't think it is necessary, but maybe one, two, three or four changes [will be made].

"We have a couple of players more here, but it's the same squad [as for United] plus a few more players here".

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Tottenham on Sunday will certainly be too soon for that, but it's possible Lallana will see his first action of the 2017-18 season before November's worldwide break, with Huddersfield and West Ham in the league and a second game against Maribor possibilities.

He told Liverpool's official site: "It's absolutely good news".

Klopp insists he'll resist the temptation to field a weakened side as this is a must-win game so I expect Philippe Coutinho to keep his place in the starting eleven. "It would be fantastic for us, of course. It's just good that he's back in a few weeks".

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