December 16 2017

Spartak Moscow vs Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp WRONG to defend Loris Karius

December 16 2017, 04:49 | Frederick Owens

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Spartak Moscow vs Liverpool live score: Latest updates from the Champions League Group E clash

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that his side need to revert to simpler methods if they're to keep their Champions League ambitions alive.

Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was particularly poor in Liverpool's goal despite saving a second-half penalty.

Liverpool's high-profile defensive problems were on display again in Saturday's win at the King Power Stadium, which Carragher believes should have been wrapped up more easily.

Spartak were the better side in this one, but their conversion rate of just 15% let them down massively.

Overall, some 1,145 United Kingdom fans are expected to come to Moscow to watch Champions league matches.

The game kicks off at 2:45 p.m. Klopp is still without Adam Lallana (thigh) and defender Nathaniel Clyne (hamstring). Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also get a rare start out wide.

The presence in Moscow of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane is another reason to be cheerful. The last time the two teams played each other was in 2002 in the Champions League.

As already mentioned, Liverpool still look relatively weak at the back, particularly when compared to most of their top six rivals.

Liverpool's return to Champions Leagude football has been far from a joyous one after their first two group stage clashes back in the competition.

"The greatest teams in Liverpool's history, in the early 1980s, they could be pragmatic week-in, week-out". Without the attacking creativity of Promes, it is not clear who will be able to step up and produce a piece of magic if Liverpool can remain focused in defence.

As for Spartak Moscow, Massimo Carrera's side are now second in Group E with one point from their opening game, having drawn to Maribor.

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

"It is good to have them all, it is cool everyone is in the game, but that doesn't mean anything". The pressure will be firmly on them on Tuesday night, as a loss to Liverpool would make qualification hard for them to achieve.

Jamie Carragher thinks Liverpool are "not streetwise enough" and gives them "no chance" of winning the title if they continue to concede goals at the same rate.

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