Zenit - Liverpool Preview: Reds head to Russia hoping to bounce back from West Brom defeat
Brendan Rodgers' side face a tricky away trip as they continue their Europa League campaign but will need to recover from Monday night's damaging home loss
By Alex Hess
ZENIT ST PETERSBURG
Anyukov, Alves, Hubocan, Lombaerts
Witsel, Danny, Denisov
Hulk, Zyryanov, Alves
Wisdom, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique
Shelvey, Allen, Henderson
Borini, Suarez, Sterling
Brendan Rodgers travels to Russia with new signing Daniel Sturridge unavailable for the second consecutive fixture, this time due to being cup-tied.
Raheem Sterling (illness) should be fully recovered in time for the game, although full back Martin Kelly (knee) remains a long-term absentee.
Zenit boss Luciano Spalletti is likely to have a fully fit first-team squad to choose from, following the Russian winter break.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Zenit St Petersburg have never lost to an English side on home soil.
- Between them, these two clubs reached three European finals in four seasons between 2005 and 2008.
- Liverpool centre back Martin Skrtel (pictured right) helped Zenit to the 2007 Russian league title before leaving for Merseyside the following year.
- Liverpool's only away defeat in the Europa League this term came in Russia, against Anzhi Makhachkala.
- Thursday's clash will be the first time the two clubs have met in their history.
- Liverpool have won as many matches as they have lost (two) away on Russian turf.
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Top 3 Predictions
Zenit 1-2 Liverpool
- 15.81 %
Zenit 0-2 Liverpool
- 14.36 %
Zenit 1-3 Liverpool
- 9.51 %
|UEFA Europa League (EL)||Feb 22, 2013||Liverpool 3 - Zenit 1|
|UEFA Europa League (EL)||Feb 15, 2013||Zenit 2 - Liverpool 0|
|Dec 7, 2013||Zenit 2 - Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast 1||RUS1|
|Dec 1, 2013||Terek Grozny 1 - Zenit 1||RUS1|
|Nov 27, 2013||Zenit 1 - Atletico Madrid 1||UCL|
|Nov 22, 2013||Zenit 0 - Rostov 2||RUS1|
|Nov 10, 2013||Spartak Moscow 4 - Zenit 2||RUS1|
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