Game two of the Champions League group stage and Liverpool travel all the way to Mother Russia where they will play Spartak Moscow. Cold weather, a key factor for the Russian squad and a bit of getting use to for the Reds.
All to play for after the entire group ended with odds even in their first set of matches. Liverpool’s Group E is wide open with only one point a piece between all four teams. Sevilla entertain NK Maribor in the other match. They stand a good chance to take all three points therefore, Liverpool has to turn on the pressure and keep up the chase. Settling for a draw is not an option when looking at the other tie.
Klopp and the boys can make up for their opening game misfire and maybe take all three points over a struggling Moscow side. Liverpool was the only English team not to take their chances in their home fixture and will be looking to run riot while boasting a full strength attack.
After an all-important win on the bounce back over the weekend, the team goes into this tie with some needed confidence. There are many positives to take before going into this one. Spartak themselves has seen a difficult time and conceded many goals this season. What type of match can we expect from two clubs unable to make a clean sheet a regular occurrence?
Liverpool’s Russian Opponents:
Liverpool has come up against a Russian side eleven times during their European life. From the eleven played the Reds have managed six wins, lost four times, and drew one game. Not a bad record for the English club but nothing to write home about, considering Liverpool won their first game in the last four across all competitions.
Head-to-head these two have no draws between them and share the honours two wins and losses, over the four times they’ve met. No strangers to each other, tomorrow night promises to be great encounter and probably will give us a handful of goals. All the pressure is on the home side to deliver.
Spartak Moscow has been much like Liverpool with the way they’ve leaked in goals at the back. After eleven games the Moscow team has allowed 17 goals and only managed three wins for the season. They’ve been expensive at the back and come into the match with many first players missing. Liverpool should be all over the lack of the players missing for the home side.
Liverpool really go into tomorrow night’s fixture with options up front and brag a healthy side with only Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana missing through injury and Joe Gomez, who saw a red card in the opening fixtures of the UCL.
All the options up front consist of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, who looks to be getting back to he’s best. Also showing a lot of passion in his celebration when scoring his first goal since returning. Having both Coutinho and Mane back in the side playing together, offers better creativity and the desire the African player brings to the game is welcomed all day.
Predicted XI to face Spartak Moscow:
The team predicted to march on the pitch over at the Otkrytiye Arena would be:
Goalkeeper: Loris Karius
Defenders: RB – Trent Alexander-Arnold; CB – Joel Matip; CB – Dejan Lovren; LB – Alberto Moreno
Midfielders: CM – Jordan Henderson[C]; CM – Emre Can; CM – Philippe Coutinho
Wingers: RW – Mohamed Salah; LW – Sadio Mane
Striker: ST — Roberto Firmino