Loris Karius makes the case for Liverpool's defence

Philippe Coutinho

Attack: Sadio Mane is back in contention after serving a three-match domestic suspension so he should resume his position on the wing with Mohamed Salah keeping his place on the opposite flank.

A 3-2 victory over Leicester on Saturday ended a four-match winless run but it hardly quietened the critics who have been lambasting manager Jurgen Klopp over his leaky backline.

Liverpool's manager arrived at Sheraton Hotel close to Shermetyevo Airport ahead of his meeting with the media, which was due to start at 7pm local time.

'It will be intense, hard - how Champions League football is, ' he said. Manchester City was hard, that was the only one.

Karius was unable to repeat that shut-out against the Spaniards a fortnight later as the La Liga side battled to a 2-2 draw against Klopp's boys.

Given Spartak's spluttering start to the season, and the lack of pace in their defence, I can see why Liverpool are favourites. We need to do that better and that's what we are working at all the time'.

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There had been confusion involving the translator throughout proceedings, spiking when Klopp eventually answered: "I love Harry, too".

Liverpool's next league game is at Newcastle United on Sunday. Considering the dwindling reputation of Russian fans in general since last year's European Championship it seems unlikely they will tone down their actions for the visit of one of Europe's most decorated clubs.

I'm quite happy to back Over 2.5 Goals at [1.77].

'Defence how I understand it is a team work thing.

I suggested on this site before the season kicked off that Mohamed Salah would be a ideal fit for Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool, and that's proving to be the case.

On the Spartak side of things, keep an eye on Promes' fitness, because he's definitely worth a look at [2.87].

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