Preview: Spartak Moscow v Liverpool

Liverpool are looking to take the lead in Champions League Group E when they take on Spartak Moscow at the Otkrytie Arena on Tuesday.

Champions League
26 September 2017
Kick-off 20:45 UK time

Head-to-head summary:

TEAM            MATCHES  WIN   DRAW   LOSS
Spartak Moscow      2     0     0     2
Liverpool           2     2     0     0

Players to watch:
Now that Coutinho is back and seemingly moved on from his failed transfer to Barcelona, the Brazilian has slotted seamlessly into the team and impressed against the Foxes.

Much like the Reds, Spartak also have a Brazilian as their danger man, with Luiz Adriano bringing some samba skills to the Russian capital. The 30-year-old may no longer be the player that scared European defences during his time with Shakhtar Donetsk, but the former Milan player could definitely still pose a threat.

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Team form and manager quotes:
The Reds drew 2-2 with Sevilla on matchday one while the Russians were held to a 1-1 draw with Slovenian side Maribor, leaving everyone in the group with one point each.

Liverpool returned to winning ways in the Premier League at the weekend with a topsy-turvy five-goal thriller against Leicester City, winning 3-2 in the league after losing to the Foxes in the League Cup earlier in the week. It ends a run of four matches without a win that started with their 5-0 walloping at the hands of Manchester City.

Spartak, meanwhile, are undefeated in their last four matches in the Russian Premier League, placing them seventh in the standings. They have, however, only won once in their last six league games, and were humbled in their only previous meetings with the Merseyside giants: a 1-3 loss at home and a 5-0 loss at Anfield in the 2002 edition of this competition.

Reds playmaker Philippe Coutinho returned to the team after a turbulent offseason for the match against Sevilla, and now looks back to his best after scoring a fantastic free kick in their recent win over the Foxes, with manager Jurgen Klopp saying he is "finding the rhythm and all that stuff".

"I said it of the first few training days [that] he was really outstanding," Klopp told his club's official website. "Now he’s really back and that helps us a lot.

"I loved how we fought for it [against Leicester]. It could have been clearer but after a few games with no results, or not the right results, you have to fight back. That’s what we did and now we can build on this."

Team news:
In team news, Liverpool will be without Adam Lallana (thigh strain), Nathaniel Clyne (back injury), and goalkeeper Adam Bogdan (knee injury). Joe Gomez is suspended following his red card against Sevilla.

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