Spartak Moscow 1-1 Liverpool — Four Findings

Philippe Coutinho

"They will be kicking themselves in that dressing room, with 68 per cent possession away from home". "Stay cool, carry on, work hard and you will succeed in the end".

Spartak started badly this season, in the first 8 games having suffered three defeats with three draws and two victories, and this is the champion of Russia.

- Spartak Moscow and Liverpool's only previous Champions League encounter was in the 2002/03 first group stage. I thought we defended well for the majority of the game, but we have to finish the game off and be more ruthless. The free-kick was not a foul, the ball was won cleanly, although it was a brilliant free-kick.

If Liverpool had got the results their play deserved and won games against Sevilla and Spartak Moscow, they'd be all but certain already to advance from their Champions League group.

Klopp did answer the question but it was all very weird and awkward.

But even that array of talent could not make the difference in Moscow.

"It's just the goals that are missing at the moment but with time they'll come and we'll get better and better".

'We have to be more clinical 100 per cent for sure.

"We have to keep on working, that's how it is", said Klopp.

The debate about Liverpool's shaky defence and their choice of goalkeeper has obscured the failure of their forwards to put to bed two matches they have dominated.

Spartak have had an awful start to the Russian Premier League season.

Following the match, Klopp refused to criticise Karius.

"We played a great game against a very good team". It is exciting. It is a bit like international football, an adventure - you land, it's dark, never been in Moscow before, you see all the policemen and all that stuff. He then smiled and said, "Actually I love Harry (Kane) too".

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