Liverpool travel to Russia in a bid to take on Rubin Kazan in a group stage fixture in the Europa League on Thursday, 5 November. Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he will pick a strong squad for the fixture in a bid to win the game and strengthen their chances of moving into the knockout stages.
Where to Watch Live
Kick-off is set for 6pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be on BT Sport Europe and BT Sport Europe HD.
Rubin are currently bottom of the group with only two points from their first three games, but they will be encouraged by the industry they showed against the Reds at Anfield in the previous fixture. The Russians managed to claim a point from the home of the five-time European Champions and will be confident that a similar display can reap rich dividends at home.
Marco Devic took the lead in the first half and managed to hold on despite conceding an equaliser, which was coming especially after they were down to 10 men after Oleg Kuzmin was sent off for a second bookable offence. They come into the game yet to be beaten on home turf and are currently only two points behind leaders Sion.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will have their tails up after two consecutive victories in all competitions, first against Bournemouth in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup and the second in a special victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where they thumped the Blues 3-1. Jurgen Klopp is unbeaten since taking over at Anfield, extending the Reds' undefeated streak to nine games, despite most of them being draws.
They are currently placed second in the group with three points and need a win here to all but confirm their place in the knockout stages. Klopp has refused to treat this tournament like another distraction to their chances of finishing in the top four as winning the Europa League would give them direct qualification into Europe's biggest club competition next season, a much straight forward concept than indulging in a fistfight in the league, with a barrage of teams in contention.
What Managers Say
Jurgen Klopp: "It is always important to be successful and we feel confident in the moment. London [the win against Chelsea] was important for us. It was not the perfect match but there were very important signs from the team and a perfect row of situations: got the goal, stay in the game, strike back, it was really cool. Now we want to take this feeling and use it here."
- Rubin Kazan Win: 33/10
- Draw: 5/2
- Liverpool Win: 9/10
Possible XI: Ryzhikov; Cotugno, Kverkvelia, Kambolov, Nabiullin; Carlos Eduardo, Ozdoev, Gokdeniz Karadeniz, Georgiev; Devic, Kanunnikov
Possible XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno; Allen, Can, Milner; Firmino, Coutinho; Benteke