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Liverpool picked up an important victory on the road in the Europa League on Thursday night as Jurgen Klopp’s side managed to collect a 1-0 win over Rubin Kazan. Jordon Ibe made his second start under the new manager count as he netted for the Reds after 52 minutes.
It was a game where Liverpool bossed chances and possession but they couldn’t quite convert all of their efforts in front of goal. Things got off to a good start for the Reds after James Milner watched a shot smash off the crossbar. They had started with real intent and shortly afterwards a lovely cross from Clyne was heading for Benteke but Kverkvelia blocked successfully.
Late in the first half it was the Russian keeper Ryzhikov who had kept his side in the game after a wonderful reaction save which prevented an own goal. I’m not sure how much he knew of the first ricochet from the double stop but it was a brilliant piece of goalkeeping.
Kazan made a substitution immediately for the start of the second half but the fresh legs didn’t have much of an effect on the home side’s performance. A large crowd was backing Valeriy Chaly’s side but they just didn’t seem to have that spark they put on display at Anfield.
In the second half Liverpool’s first proper chance fell to Moreno who saw an effort hit the side netting early on. Jordon Ibe however just five minutes into the second 45 had put Liverpool into the lead. A great run from Ibe saw him break through a defence failing to apply convincing pressure but the youngster held his nerve and finished well low to the left of goal.
I really like Jordon Ibe, I think he’s got bags of potential and it was nice to see him score. Jurgen Klopp looked delighted and you have to feel Ibe is very much involved in his future plans for the club.
Shortly after the goal James Milner was unlucky once again to watch a stinging shot fly just over the bar as the Reds looked to seal their victory. A few more chances from the likes of Lovren followed along with a penalty shout after Emre Can was tackled in the box.
Liverpool didn’t need the assistance of a spot kick though and walked away with those vital points to put them second in the group.
Next up for the Reds is Crystal Palace at home.
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Source: The Liver Bird