In football there are no grounds for complacency – but do you think tonight’s result will be record breaking?

Carl Clemente has delved into the archives to find out what would be needed of Klopp’s team to break history – against Maribor at Anfield tonight.

Little over two weeks ago Liverpool rewrote their own record books by beating the Slovenians 7-0 away from home. Never before had the Reds scored more than six goals away from Anfield in European Competitions, never mind seven – since their European debut against Icelandic Champions KR Reykjavik in 1964.

JS133884418Jurgen Klopp celebrates at the end of the match in Maribor (Image: AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

The record they had to surpass that night was 5-0 – a scoreline the Reds had only achieved on three occasions on their travels against : KR Reykjavik, Crusaders and FC Haka.

However, tonight the targets are a lot higher if Liverpool are to repeat such a feat at home. The Reds biggest win on home soil came in the first round of the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1974 beating Norwigen side Strømsgodset 11-0.

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The Matchday programme from LFC’s record win in 125 years of history. (Image: LFChistory.net)

In all honesty, beating Maribor 12-0 would be practically impossible, however, it’s needless to say – the Anfield faithful will be expecting their team to win comfortably tonight and hopefully when the full-time whistle is blown – I can rewrite the list below:

Liverpool FC’s 15 biggest home wins in Europe.

1. Liverpool 11 – 0 Strømsgodset (1974)
2. Liverpool 10 – 0 Dundalk (1969)
3. Liverpool 10 – 1 Oulu Palloseura (1980)
4. Liverpool 8 – 0  TSV Munich (1967)
5. Liverpool 8 – 0 Besiktas (2007)
6. Liverpool 7 – 0 Oulu Palloseura (1981)
7. Liverpool 6 – 0 Real Sociedad (1975)
8. Liverpool 6 – 0 Hamburg (1977)
9. Liverpool 6 – 1 KR Reykjavik (1964)
10. Liverpool 6 – 1 Kuusysi Lahti (1991)
11. Liverpool 6 – 1 Apollon Limassol (1992)
12. Liverpool 5 – 0 HJK Helsinki (1982)
13. Liverpool 5 – 0 Odense Boldklub (1983)
14. Liverpool 5 – 0 Kosice (1998)
15. Liverpool 5 – 0 Spartak Moscow (2002)

IMG_20171101_133827The Anfield scoreboard after LFC’s 5th biggest win in Europe at home.

Nonetheless, in football there are never grounds for complacency and I’m sure Klopp and his staff will be drilling into his players to forget what happened a fortnight ago in Slovenia and to go about their business as per usual.

Football doesn’t stop producing surprises and their is certainly no room for any slip-ups tonight, if Liverpool are going to progress out of the group stages of this season’s Champions League.