Spartak Moscow v Liverpool talking points

Posted September 26, 2017

"We're expecting a hard game", said goalkeeper Loris Karius, set for his second European start in a row after manager Jürgen Klopp confirmed the young German will retain the starting job in Europe while veteran Belgian shot stopper Simon Mignolet continues to be the first choice in league action.

Both Liverpool and Spartak drew their opening game in Group E and face each other in Moscow on Tuesday, but Klopp was left bemused as reporters in Russian Federation repeatedly failed to discuss the game.

Klopp said: "I am not sure if I have to make a decision like this [the club's "Champions League goalkeeper"].

It always affects performances, but we will not win because one player is out or Spartak will not win because one player is in".

Mauricio Pochettino recently declared his love for Harry Kane after the Spurs striker bagged two goals to seal an away win at West Ham, so for some reason this was mentioned at a Liverpool press conference, and it did not go down too well. "That's the question? A waste of time". "I don't think it's just down to the defence", he said.

Jurgen Klopp insists Quincy Promes is a "very good player" but refused to be drawn into Liverpool's reported interest in the Spartak Moscow star.

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"Sadio is back and it's really good".

'Phil is still a young player so I hope he can still develop.

"That shouldn't be taken as me saying, "You are not performing, you're out of the goal"".

Answer: 'I'm really impressed that we are in a Champions League press conference and talk about things like this. "Taking a few risks in defence works well for us in most games, but some goals we've had a few words about as a team-we learn from it, we look at things, we know where we can do better".

"But I am happy to play in this competition, it is something you dream of as a footballer".

The head of the Russian Football Union's security committee, Vladimir Markin, suggested English fans will face extended prison sentences in "conditions they will not like" if problems arise when United and Liverpool face CSKA and Spartak Moscow, respectively.