Liverpool can shrug off striker crisis to get the better of Russian visitors
Liverpool have drawn both games in the Europa League so far. A point in Bordeaux probably wasn’t a bad result but failure to beat Sion at Anfield was unforgivable and probably went a long way towards Brendan Rodgers losing his job.
Rodgers didn’t take the Europa League very seriously but maybe he forgot the proud history Liverpool have in Europe. Fans expect their team to compete on all fronts and it does seem a shame to waste 38 matches of toil the previous season to qualify for competitions like the Europa League to simply thrown in the reserves when matches come around – Jurgen Klopp may have different ideas.
Liverpool’s injury curse hasn’t been lifted by the German’s arrival, however. Jo Gomez and Danny Ings have both picked up serious injuries and could miss the rest of the campaign.
The Reds’ lack of firepower at White Hart lane was apparent but it did extend their unbeaten run to seven, though six of those matches ended all-square. Origi is likely to play at the point of a front three against the Russians with Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho on either side. Lallana has scored in both of his team’s Europa League matches so far this season and the England international is 13/2 to be First Goalscorer against Rubin Kazan.
The visitors are also searching for their first win in the group having lost their opener against Sion in Switzerland and only managing a 0-0 draw with Bordeaux in their first home fixture. They did win in the Russian Premier League at the weekend but had lost four of their previous six matches in all competitions so it looks a good opportunity for Liverpool to record a first victory under their new manager at 40/85 in our Full Time Result betting.
Liverpool to score first and win is 1/2 in our Matchflow market, though it may not be a game which features a lot of goals. Two in our Total Goals betting is 51/20.
The match kicks off at 8.05pm on Thursday, October 22nd at Anfield
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