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Is Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow on TV? Plus betting odds, team news, referee details and more

What time is kick off?

It’s a standard Champions League kick off time, 7.45pm at Anfield. Be there or be square.

Is it on TV?

It is. You can catch it live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 4K UHD. Coverage starts at 7pm.

Highlights are available on ITV from 10.45pm. Look out for Roy Keane’s, ahem, colourful views on all things Red.

Who is the referee?

It’s an all-Polish line-up this evening, with Szymon Marciniak refereeing, Paweł Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz are his sideline assistants, with Paweł Raczkowski and Tomasz Musiał behind the goals. The fourth official is Radosław Siejka.

Marciniak has already refereed both Manchester City and Tottenham in this season’s competition, and is encouragingly yet to issue a red card in 18 games this term.

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Any team news?

Liverpool have both Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan available for selection – neither started at Brighton on Saturday.

Adam Lallana is out with a muscle problem, while Joel Matip’s thigh keeps him out.

Spartak are without left back Dmitri Kombarov who is out after breaking a rib, while Jano Ananidze, Artem Timofeev and Georgi Tigiyev are also sidelined.

However, Georgi Dzhikiya will return from suspension to feature.

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Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow

Who should I look out for in the Spartak team?

Quincy Promes is their dangerman, and a player linked with Liverpool in the past.

The Dutch forward missed the match against the Reds in September through injury, and was rested for Spartak’s 1-0 win at the weekend over Arsenal Tula.

He has eight goals in 16 games this season, so must be watched. Strike partner Luiz Adriano is a Champions League veteran, while fellow Brazilian Fernando scored the free kick in the sides’ last meeting.

Spartak Moscow's Quincy Promes vies for the ball with Maribor's Martin Milec
Spartak Moscow’s Quincy Promes vies for the ball with Maribor’s Martin Milec
(Image: JURE MAKOVEC/AFP/Getty Images)

Who is their manager?

Massimo Carrera is his name. The Italian was a Champions League winner with Juventus during his playing days (1995-96) and guided Spartak to the Russian league title in his first full season in charge.

A former assistant to Antonio Conte at Juve, the 53-year-old took over from Dimitri Alenichev at Spartak in August 2016. His win ratio since stands at 57%.

What happened the last time the sides met?

It was a 1-1 draw. Fernando gave Spartak the lead, against the run of play, with a first-half free kick, only for Philippe Coutinho to smash in a superbly-worked equaliser.

Liverpool dominated the second half, but missed a host of chances to grab all three points.

Had they taken one of them, this game would be a dead rubber.


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Any interesting statistics?

Jurgen Klopp has lost just two of his 20 European games while in charge at Anfield.

Liverpool have scored 22 goals in seven Champions League games under Klopp.

The Reds are unbeaten in the last 13 European group games, winning four with nine draws.

The Reds netted 11 away goals in this season’s group stage – more than they have ever achieved before.

The Reds have not lost any…

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