All is equal in Group E of the Champions League, with both games on matchday one ending level.
Liverpool, who drew 2-2 with Sevilla in their opening game, face a trip to Spartak Moscow on matchday two, looking for their first win in Europe’s elite competition since September 2014, when they overcame Ludogorets Razgrad of Bulgaria before exiting at the end of the group stage.
Star man Quincy Promes, who Liverpool were heavily linked with in January and who was Moscow’s top scorer last season, is out injured for the hosts, who are the current title holders of the Russian Premier League.
That will be a big loss for Spartak, in a game that Liverpool need to win to take control of the group, with the Russian side struggling for form at the moment anyway.
As much as Liverpool had had a tumultuous period themselves until the victory at Leicester City on Saturday, Spartak Moscow only won three of their first eleven games of the season, in a poor start to a campaign where they were defending their title.
This match was under consideration for being played behind closed doors following an incident on matchday one where Spartak fans aimed a firework at the referee in the game in Slovenia at Maribor, but UEFA have allowed fans into the game, with travel, tickets and transport of Liverpool fans already booked.
Any sanction imposed on Moscow would have meant around 800 travelling Liverpool fans losing money on accommodation and flights booked well in advance.
UEFA have instead banned Spartak fans from attending their next match, away at Sevilla, and gave the club a fine of around €60,000.
The atmosphere is certain to be intimidating, and Liverpool will do well to keep possession early on and take the sting out of the game. Such an atmosphere will not be something Liverpool’s players are used to, but they will need to come out on top.
Making a good, solid start will be crucial: overcome the intensity from the stands, and the Reds should have enough quality to win the game.
Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne are making progress in their recovery from injury, but will not be back until at least next month, whilst Joe Gomez is suspended following his two yellow cards against Sevilla.
Sadio Mané is likely to start having missed the double-header with Leicester City through a domestic suspension having been sent off against Manchester City, meaning the fearsome quartet of him, Mo Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino will all be on the pitch at the same time for the first time this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s press conference to preview the game will take place on Monday evening at around 5pm UK time.
WHEN DOES THE GAME KICK OFF?
The match starts at 19:45 BST and is live on BT Sport in the UK.
WHO IS THE REFEREE?
Clement Turpin – one of the most experienced referees in the European game, the Frenchman has refereed Liverpool only once before.
That came against Augsburg at Anfield in the Europa League back in February 2016 with the Reds winning 1-0 thanks to a James Milner penalty.
Liverpool faced Spartak Moscow in the Champions League group stage in 2002/03, winning 3-1 in Russia and 5-0 at Anfield.
Liverpool: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Matip, Moreno; Henderson, Coutinho, Can; Salah, Firmino, Mané
Spartak Moscow: Rebrov; Bocchetti, Kutepov, Dzhikiya; Eshchenko, Pasalic, Fernando, Samedov, Kombarov; Adriano, Popov
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