Spartak Moscow 1-1 LIVERPOOL

Liverpool continue in their Champions League Group Stage and claimed yet another point in Group E against Russian side Spartak Moscow.

Liverpool’s last Champions League fixture saw Jurgen Klopp pick almost the same starting 11 as the one that travelled to Moscow, with two differences. 1- Gomez got himself suspended (two yellow cards in the same game) and has had to be replaced with Alexander Arnold for now. 2 – Coutinho is back and Wijnaldum moved to the substitute bench to make a little space for the Brazilian attacker.

Liverpool dominated this game, from start to finish. That’s what seems so frustrating about the final result. We held possession of the ball, we moved around the pitch and attacked frequently. We scored, so it wasn’t like we were just drying up completely on goals. The chances missed were crucial in the turnout of how the game would finally end. I always have mixed feeling about draws, often saying “we should have won” and feeling slightly positive about the 1 point gained though at the same time, feeling that we could and should have taken all 3 points.

Liverpool travelled to the Otkrytie Arena in Moscow, Russia for this Champions League fixture

In an open and entertaining first half, Artyom Rebrov was forced to make frequent saves to keep denying Liverpool. Salah’s angled effort and then Roberto Firmino’s free header were stopped, before Spartak Moscow opened up the scoring.

Spartak Moscow’s midfielder from Brazil Fernando celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal from a free kick

In the 23rd minute, Salah had attempted to win the ball from Pasalic but did so a little too roughly for the match officials. The referee would award a free kick which Fernando would take and score.

Spartak Moscow 1-0 Liverpool.

But their lead wouldn’t last for very long as Liverpool were level eight minutes later through Coutinho, who received the ball back from a clever one-two with Sadio Mane outside the box, then Brazilian would beautifully curl the ball around the goalkeeper and into the roof of the net from 12 yards. The build up to the goal was just as amazing as the final shot that made the score Spartak Moscow 1-1 Liverpool.

This would be the score at half time and the score at full time, even. It wasn’t like we hadn’t been trying but the opportunities which had not been converted really mattered in way this game would end up by the final whistle.

Mané , Firmino and Salah showed great strength in attack often supporting what Coutinho was doing and attempting to provide as much assistance as they could for him. With varying attempts to score even from substitutes like Daniel Sturridge it seemed a shame that Liverpool could only manage 1 goal in the entire 90 minutes. If you get one in the first 45 minutes, you should be able to do the same in the second 45 minutes, right? Well, that’s logical but football doesn’t always work out that way unfortunately.

Nobody in Group E has “ran away with it” yet, though Sevilla have finally made their way up to the top of the table as they were defeating Maribor 3-0 while Liverpool were claiming their 1-1 draw and a point against Spartak Moscow.

Man Of the Match

Coutinho gave his best and was part of the important reason why even after Spartak Moscow took a lead, we weren’t left with nothing as he’d play some magic football and score the only goal of the game for Liverpool. Without his contribution we’d surely have been defeated 1-0 and claimed no points at all. Every point we can get counts as we try to qualify to the knockout stages of the Champions League and only two of four teams can do that from Group E.

What’s next? 

Liverpool will travel to Newcastle to face Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United. Rafa doesn’t return to Anfield with his team until 2018 but the travelling Liverpool fans will surely be happy to see their former manager again even in an away fixture. I hope you’ll enjoy seeing Rafa once more.

Walk on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.

I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.

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