The result was emphatic, the scoreline lopsided. Liverpool, having stumbled for six weeks, dropping points and misfiring in front of goal, took out their goalscoring frustrations on hapless Maribor in the Champions League to the tune of a 7-0 victory.
Now, though, they need to show it wasn’t a blip. That it was a change in form and fortune rather than just a good result against a poor opponent. The goals were nice to see, but now that the game is done the attention turns to Tottenham on Sunday.
“It’s been a while since we picked up a good win,” a relieved Philippe Coutinho shared with UEFA.com following the match. “We’ve been creating scoring chances without managing to turn them into goals. But in the game things went right for us.
“The team were very focused, right from the first minute. We did a good job. We need to keep working hard and training hard in order to keep this going. We have another game against them at home, a difficult game, where we hope to play another good match.”
Tuesday’s victory put Liverpool on top of Group E in the Champions League, where meany had expected them to be and where their struggles to turn good play into results in the first two group games had kept them away from until last night.
Now, in the league, they need a win against Tottenham—a win that would bring them to within a point of the current third-place side, almost entirely making up the advantage Spurs have earned while Liverpool have sunk to eighth over the past six weeks.
Maribor, the result and the goals, was a positive result, but it can’t be the lone good result in a poor run for Liverpool. It needs to be the start. And that means another good performance—and the goals to go with it—is needed on Sunday.