Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given a clear indication that he takes the Europa League seriously after naming a strong squad to travel to Russia to face Rubin Kazan on Thursday (5 November). Unlike his predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who left out a number of first-team players for their first two clashes in the competition against FC Sion and Bordeaux, the German is set to take his best team to the Kazan Arena as they look for their first win in the group stages.
The Reds are currently in second place in Group B despite not winning a single game, but are four points behind FC Sion, who are leading the group and one point ahead of Kazan and Bordeaux. According to the Liverpool Echo, the former Borussia Dortmund manager will not leave behind any first-team player who is fit at their Melwood training base, as the team fly out from Liverpool on Wednesday.
The Reds have to take at least a point from the Russian club to have a chance of progressing to the knockout stages, and the manager is making sure he has all the experienced stars at his disposal. The report claims that Joe Allen, Dejan Lovren, Divock Origi and Jordan Ibe are in line for a first-team return, while Christian Benteke could make his first start under the German, following two scoring substitute appearances against Southampton and Chelsea.
Liverpool's injury list remains unchanged, with Kolo Toure being the latest entrant with a hamstring injury he suffered during their League Cup win over Bournemouth on 29 October. Daniel Sturridge continues his rehabilitation after suffering a knock to his knee during training ahead of Klopp's first game in charge against Tottenham Hotspur. Jordan Henderson, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez and Jon Flanagan also remain sidelined with injury.