Europa League - Group B
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Rubin Kazan 0-1 Liverpool

Jordon Ibe
Jordon Ibe signed for Liverpool from Wycombe in 2012

Liverpool gave themselves the chance to qualify for the last 32 of the Europa League with a game to spare with victory over Rubin Kazan.

James Milner shot against the crossbar early on for a dominant Liverpool after Roberto Firmino's through ball.

The deserved opener came after the break when the impressive Jordon Ibe struck home his first goal for the club from 20 yards.

Milner and Ibe had shots saved before the visitors held off late pressure.

Second-placed Liverpool now trail Group B leaders Sion by two points but are three ahead of Bordeaux, who visit Anfield on 26 November.

The Reds will qualify for the knockout stages if they win that match, with their last game a trip to Switzerland to face Sion.

Europa League Group B

So far, so good for Klopp?

Jurgen Klopp's appointment as Liverpool boss was greeted with almost universal excitement by Reds fans after a disappointing start to the season under Brendan Rodgers.

Thursday's win - their first in this season's Europa League - was their third in succession and supporters will have seen nothing to suggest their belief in Klopp is misplaced.

A new high-tempo, direct pressing style left Rubin Kazan with just 32% possession and seven shots - none on target - compared to Liverpool's 23.

The result means Klopp is unbeaten in his opening six matches, a positive start to his tenure.

New era still a work in progress

With Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings still injured and Christian Benteke only just back, Liverpool looked a little toothless in the final third.

Their approach play and continual pressing of their hosts resulted in total domination, but just six shots on target from 23 attempts.

The hosts looked disinterested offensively for large periods but Liverpool's failure to kill them off almost cost them dear as the Russians pressed late on.

A new approach in Europe?

Rodgers made a host of changes for Liverpool's opening two Europa League matches of the season

But Klopp named a strong side for the second successive match, despite leaving Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho on the substitutes' bench.

Securing Champions League qualification has to be the main aim, but not even a 4,000-mile round trip persuaded Klopp to leave some of his stars in Liverpool.

Man of the match: Jordon Ibe

Jordon Ibe
Liverpool's 19-year-old winger was a threat throughout and his performance was rewarded with his first goal for the club. He was also given a post-match hug by Klopp, who ran onto the pitch shouting "Ibeeeeeeee" before embracing him

Manager reaction

Klopp told the Liverpool Echo:"Jordon is a skilful player and a big talent - fast, strong, good at dribbling

"He has to learn so much but has a real good base. He feels good. You could see it in this match.

"Like everyone, he has a long way to go. If he's prepared to listen then he will be very good."

Stats you need to know

  • Rubin Kazan changed their official name to FC Rubin last month
  • They had only lost once previously in the Kazan Arena, a stadium that will be used in the 2018 World Cup
  • Liverpool are the first English team to win in Kazan, with the Russians having beaten Wigan, Chelsea and Tottenham by one-goal margins
  • Liverpool have not lost an away European game they have scored in since April 2010, a run of 10 matches

What next?

Liverpool will attempt to make it four straight wins in all competitions when they host Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday.

Line-ups

Rubin Kazan

  • 1Ryzhikov
  • 21CotugnoSubstituted forUstinovat 81'minutes
  • 5Kverkvelia
  • 88Kambolov
  • 3Nabiullin
  • 77Georgiev
  • 15KislyakSubstituted forAkhmetovat 70'minutes
  • 99Kanunnikov
  • 10MarquesSubstituted forOzdoevat 45'minutes
  • 61Karadeniz
  • 11Devic

Substitutes

  • 4Lemos
  • 13Haghighi
  • 14Bilyaletdinov
  • 22Dyadyun
  • 27Ozdoev
  • 49Ustinov
  • 85Akhmetov

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Clyne
  • 6LovrenBooked at 76mins
  • 17Sakho
  • 18Moreno
  • 23CanSubstituted forSkrtelat 90+3'minutes
  • 24Allen
  • 33Ibe
  • 11Roberto FirminoSubstituted forLeivaat 81'minutes
  • 7MilnerSubstituted forLallanaat 61'minutes
  • 9Benteke

Substitutes

  • 10Coutinho
  • 20Lallana
  • 21Leiva
  • 27Origi
  • 32Brannagan
  • 34Bogdan
  • 37Skrtel
Referee:
Kevin Blom
Attendance:
41,585

Match Stats

Home TeamRubin KazanAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home32%
Away68%
Shots
Home7
Away23
Shots on Target
Home0
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Rubin Kazan 0, Liverpool 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Rubin Kazan 0, Liverpool 1.

Christian Benteke (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Vitaly Ustinov (Rubin Kazan).

Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Gökdeniz Karadeniz (Rubin Kazan).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Martin Skrtel replaces Emre Can.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Saba Kverkvelia.

Offside, Liverpool. Adam Lallana tries a through ball, but Jordon Ibe is caught offside.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Liverpool).

Ilzat Akhmetov (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Lallana (Liverpool).

Blagoy Georgiev (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lucas Leiva.

Foul by Joe Allen (Liverpool).

Maksim Kanunnikov (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Marko Devic (Rubin Kazan) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Vitaly Ustinov with a cross.

Foul by Alberto Moreno (Liverpool).

Vitaly Ustinov (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

Gökdeniz Karadeniz (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Lucas Leiva replaces Roberto Firmino.

Substitution

Substitution, Rubin Kazan. Vitaly Ustinov replaces Guillermo Cotugno.

Attempt missed. Ruslan Kambolov (Rubin Kazan) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right. Assisted by Blagoy Georgiev.

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordon Ibe with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Maksim Kanunnikov (Rubin Kazan) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Guillermo Cotugno.

Foul by Adam Lallana (Liverpool).

Guillermo Cotugno (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ruslan Kambolov (Rubin Kazan) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Dejan Lovren (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Liverpool).

Marko Devic (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

Blagoy Georgiev (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Rubin Kazan. Ilzat Akhmetov replaces Sergei Kislyak.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Liverpool).

Ruslan Kambolov (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Sergei Ryzhikov.

Attempt saved. Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

Attempt blocked. Magomed Ozdoev (Rubin Kazan) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 5th November 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Molde431094510
2Fenerbahçe412145-15
3Ajax403134-13
4Celtic402269-32

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Sion42205328
2Liverpool41304316
3Bordeaux403123-13
4Rubin Kazan402224-22

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund4310103710
2FK Krasnodar42115417
3PAOK Salonika403123-13
4FK Qabala401329-71

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli44001611512
2FC Midtjylland4202510-56
3Club Brugge411239-64
4Legia Warsaw401315-41

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rapid Vienna440084412
2Villarreal43018359
3Viktoria Plzen410356-13
4Dinamo Minsk400419-80

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga43015329
2Slovan Liberec42113217
3Marseille42026426
4FC Groningen401316-51

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio431094510
2Saint-Étienne42118537
3Dnipropetrovsk411225-34
4Rosenborg401338-51

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow42207348
2Besiktas41304316
3Sporting411278-14
4Skenderbeu410348-43

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel43017349
2Fiorentina42028446
3Lech Poznan411225-34
4Belenenses411227-54

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Tottenham42117527
2Monaco41304316
3FK Qarabag411235-24
4Anderlecht411245-14

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke422010378
2Sparta Prague41306426
3Asteras Tripolis411247-34
4Apoel Nicosia410328-63

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao430111479
2Partizan Belgrade4202710-36
3Augsburg42027706
4AZ Alkmaar410359-43
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