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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.


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Available Squads
-Vladimir GabulovGoalkeeper
22Christopher SambaDefender
-Joao Carlos Pinto ChavesDefender
13Rasim TagirbekovDefender
-Arseniy LogashovDefender
6Mbark BoussoufaMidfielder
18Yuri ZhirkovMidfielder
9Odil AkhmedovMidfielder
9Samuel Eto'oStriker
9Lacina TraoreStriker
43Evgeny PomazanGoalkeeper
3Ali GadzhibekovDefender
7Kamil AgalarovMidfielder
11M. CarcelaMidfielder
10Shamil LakhiyalovStriker
-Fedor SmolovStriker
44Nikita BurmistrovStriker
1Bradley JonesGoalkeeper
16Sebastián CoatesDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
38Jon FlanaganDefender
47Andre Wisdom Defender
35Conor CoadyDefender
10Joe ColeMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
8Jonjo ShelveyMidfielder
-Adam MorganStriker
42Peter GulacsiGoalkeeper
22Danny WilsonDefender
49Jack RobinsonDefender
95Stephen Sama Defender
12Dani PachecoStriker
24Oussama AssaidiStriker
Players to Watch
Christopher Samba
Christopher Samba
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
5 2 0 0
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.
Jonjo Shelvey
Jonjo Shelvey
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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.
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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