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UEFA Europa League

  • 8 November 2012
  • • 17:00
  • • Stadion Lokomotiv, Moskva
  • Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
  • • Attendance: 15000

Anzhi Makhachkala - Liverpool Preview: Visitors looking for second group win over Russians

Anzhi Makhachkala - Liverpool Preview: Visitors looking for second group win over Russians

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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



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


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

Guus Hiddink has plenty of star talent at his disposal, with ex-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, whilst 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.

  • Anzhi Mackhachkala were 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 are currently second in the Russian Premier League, but they have 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 honour belongs to Ivory Coast frontman Lacina Traore.
  • Liverpool are one of the three most successful clubs in the history of this competition. They have 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.

Players to watch

C. Samba

Position: Defender

Games: 0

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While Samuel Eto'o's pedigree and paycheque might earn him all the headlines, it is the former Blackburn Rovers defender who does the hard work for the Russian side. The Congolese stopper was a defensive rock during his time in the Premier League and few would bet against a shut-out with the former Hertha Berlin man marshalling things at the back for Anzhi.

J. Shelvey

Position: Midfielder

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There are plenty of young Liverpool players who will be out to impress on Thursday night but the former Charlton man will be particularly key for Brendan Rodgers' side. Shelvey's goalscoring form has been good in Europe so far this season and he will hope to continue that here.

Editor's Prediction

Anzhi are flying high in the Russian league, and will be bound to put out a strong side as they look to secure their passage into the knockout stages of the competiton. Liverpool, meanwhile, will go into the game with several fringe and youth players, and that lack of first-team cohesion may stand against them.

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