Liverpool v/s Spartak Moscow: Champions League schedule, teams, live stream and where to watch on TV – Here is all you need to know about the Champions League match between Liverpool and Spartak Moscow.
Sadio Mane returns for Liverpool. (AFP)
Liverpool v/s Spartak Moscow
Kick-Off Time: 12:15 am IST (Wednesday)
Place: Otkrytiye Arena
TV: Sony TEN 1 and Sony TEN 1 HD
Liverpool XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Can, Salah, Coutinho, Mane, Firmino
Spartak Moscow XI: Rebrov, Yeshchenko, Tasci, Bocchetti, Kombarov, Pasalic, Samedov, Ananidze, Popov, Bakaev, Adriano
Liverpool will take heart from their victory on Saturday against Leicester after a poor run of form as they look to pick up a crucial victory against Spartak Moscow in their Champions League group stage clash.
The 3-2 away win wasn’t perfect by any means, but the team showed lots of heart at a very tough ground to visit. It was a first victory in five matches for Jurgen Klopp’s side and it will hopefully act as a momentum-booster moving forward.
Liverpool have arrived in Russia knowing that a win would enhance their chances of progressing to the knockout stages greatly.
Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Sevilla in their first Group E match.
Sadio Mane is available after serving his three-game ban. The Senegalese forward will come into the attack alongside Coutinho, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
The quartet are yet to start a competitive match together for Liverpool, and unless Klopp decides to give Salah or Firmino the night off, we will finally witness it on Tuesday night.
Loris Karius will start in goal, as Klopp has promised in the Champions League this season, while Trent Alexander-Arnold will come in for the suspended Joe Gomez.
Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana are both still out.
The hosts could be without key man and former Liverpool transfer target Quincy Promes. Roman Zobnin, Artem Timofeev and Georgi Tigiev are also unavailable.
It has been 15 years since the two sides faced each other, and it was Liverpool who had the better of both group stage matches in 2002/03.
The most recent meeting saw Gerard Houllier’s Reds prevail 3-1 away from home, thanks to a Michael Owen hat-trick. Alexander Danishevskiy had given the hosts the lead, though.
Prior to that, Liverpool thrashed their opponents 5-0 in the return fixture at Anfield.