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November 8, 2012 12:00 PM EST
Stadion Lokomotiv — Moskva
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎
Attendance:‬ 15000‎
 
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Europa League Preview: Anzhi Makhachkala - Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers' side posted a 1-0 victory over the Dagestan outfit at Anfield and will hope to take control of Europa League Group A with more success on Thursday.

By Rhys Turrell

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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ANZHI MAKHACHKALA

Gabulov
Logashov, Carlos, Samba, Tagirbekov
Boussoufa, Akhmedov, Jucilei, Zhirkov
Traore, Eto'o

LIVERPOOL

Jones
Wisdom, Carragher, Coates, Robinson
Henderson, Shelvey
Suso
Downing, Pacheco, Assaidi


Guus Hiddink has plenty of star talent at his disposal, with former Barcelona and Inter striker Samuel Eto'o and former Premier League stars Chris Samba and Yuri Zhirkhov all expected to start this game.

Brendan Rodgers looks likely to rest most of his regular starters ahead of the Merseysiders' trip to south-west Russia, with the Northern Irishman bound to have half an eye on his side's Premier League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Captain Steven Gerrard and star striker Luis Suarez are almost certain to be left out, while other first-choice players such as Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Joe Allen could be rested.

Fabio Borini (broken foot), Martin Kelly (knee) and Lucas (thigh) are all definitely out, whilst Pepe Reina and Glen Johnson (both hamstring) are unlikely to be rushed back for this game.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Anzhi Mackhachkala was only formed in 1991, and bounced between the top two divisions in Russia until billionaire Suleyman Kerimov purchased the club in 2011.
  • The Dagestan-based club is currently second in the Russian Premier League, but has never won the title.
  • Despite being one of the highest paid players in the world, Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o (right) is not Anzhi's leading goalscorer this season. That honor belongs to Ivory Coast front man Lacina Traore.
  • Liverpool is one of the three most successful clubs in the history of this competition. The team has won the tournament three times, along with Italian pair Juventus and Inter.
  • Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has played a role in 10 of Liverpool's 13 goals this season.
  • Reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey jointly leads the goalscoring charts in this season's Europa League. He has three goals to his name.


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22Christopher SambaDefender
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