Liverpool are on cloud nine following their 5-1 Premier League victory against Brighton & Hove Albion at AMEX Stadium despite injury concerns and Jurgen Klopp’s successful squad rotation will keep the Reds fresh ahead of two crucial home outings against Champions League counterparts Spartak Moscow and Merseyside rivals Everton.
However, the outing against the Russian champions is certainly the more important one in order to qualify for the Round of 16 of this elite European competition and their shambolic surrender despite leading 3-0 at Sevilla in previous outing has made this fixture even more relevant in qualification’s context. It’s a must win game for Spartak Moscow, whereas anything but a defeat will seal a knockout berth for the Merseysiders.
Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow Injuries And Suspension:
Joel Matip’s injury will be a major blow for the Reds as they lack enough defensive cover and were forced to play with midfield duo Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum as central defenders. Joe Gomez, meanwhile, is expected to be fit for the clash and return after recovering from his illness. Nathaniel Clyne is out until February following his back surgery and has not been included in Liverpool’s squad for Champions League group stage fixtures.
Spartak Moscow too will have a few injury absentees. Artem Timofeev and George Tigiev are ruled out due to ACL rupture. Jano Ananidze is also unavailable with ankle injury whereas Dimitri Kombarov is set to miss the clash with a fractured rib. Quincy Promes, their star attacker, missed out the Arsenal Tula game with a knock but expected to return prior to the Anfield clash.
Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow Probable Lineups:
Subs: Simon Mignolet, Jordan Henderson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner.
Subs: Artem Rebrov, Qunicy Promes, Aleksander Samedov, Salvatore Bocchetti, Andrei Eschenko, Pedro Rocha, Lorenzo Melgarejo.
Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow Last Meeting:
Their first leg encounter ended in a 1-1 draw at Otkrytiye Arena. Fernando earned the home side an early lead from a free-kick but it didn’t last long and was cancelled out by Philippe Coutinho a few minutes later.
Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow Key Players:
Liverpool will be relying on their ‘Fab Four’ – Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and the Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino. They all are among goals and Klopp will be relying on them to bag a few more.
Spartak missed out a few of their stars in first leg encounter. The likes of Quincy Promes, Ze Luis, Denis Glushakov and Luiz Adriano are in fine form and expected to test the Reds defensive resilience on Wednesday night.
Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow Current Form ( In All Competitions):
Spartak Moscow: W-W-D-W-W-L
Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow Head-To-Head:
Liverpool Win: 2
Spartak Moscow Win: 2
Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow Betting Odds (subject To Change):
Spartak Moscow: 10
Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow Live Streaming:
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