After an eventful 3-2 win over Leicester in the league on Saturday, Liverpool travel to Russia on Tuesday evening as they prepare to face Spartak Moscow in the Champions League.
Despite winning the league last year Spartak haven’t started in great fashion with just one win from their last seven matches in all competitions.
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Liverpool don’t have any fresh injury woes for this fixture and for the first time ever, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino are all available at the same time. Their Russian counterparts are without Luiz Adriano. The manager may also have to rethink his starting XI if captain Denis Glushakov remains out.
The last time the two sides met was in October 2002. Again in the Champions League, the Reds got the better of the Russians over two legs winning 3-1 away and 5-0 at home.
Michael Owen scored a hat-trick in Russia while Heskey (x2), Cheyrou (remember him!), Hyypia and Diao scored at Anfield.
The Reds may be struggling defensively at the moment but Spartak have several problems at the back of their own. Including the fact that they have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 11 fixtures within this competition.
It’s always a difficult task making a long trip in the Champions League and it will be a daunting atmosphere in Moscow however with a win behind them, the Reds should be on the ascendancy and can hopefully pick up all three points on Tuesday night.
It is probably a given that Sevilla will collect three against Maribor so for me, while a draw in this fixture wouldn’t exactly be a bad result, it’s important to try and get the win. Klopp may have several of his attacking stars at his disposal but I think it might be a more experimental starting XI from Klopp on Tuesday. Mane I imagine will definitely feature but I’m not sure all of the remaining three mentioned previously will start.
Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!
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Source: The Liver Bird