Champions League - Group E
Spartak Moscow1Liverpool1

Spartak Moscow 1-1 Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring against Spartak Moscow
Philippe Coutinho scored the first Champions League goal of his career

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side need to be more "clinical" after the Reds were held to a frustrating Champions League draw despite dominating Spartak Moscow in Russia.

Spartak went ahead against the run of play when Loris Karius was easily beaten by Fernando's free-kick after Philippe Coutinho's foul just outside the area.

Klopp fielded forwards Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Coutinho in the same game for the first time, and the latter two combined for Coutinho to equalise with his first Champions League goal.

Firmino, Mane and substitute Daniel Sturridge spurned good chances as Liverpool were forced to settle for a second successive draw in Group E.

"We have to be more clinical - 100%," said Klopp, whose side are two points behind group leaders Sevilla, who beat Maribor 3-0 in Spain.

"To create all those chances and only score one goal feels average. It was a crazy game.

"What can I say? We created, created and created. Where is the real point for criticism? We tried with all we had. The effort was great."

Reds not ruthless enough despite 'Fab Four'

Liverpool were the better side throughout and peppered the Spartak goal with 16 shots, yet they remain without an away victory in Europe's most prestigious competition since 2009.

For once, their failure to win a game had nothing to do with the defence.

With Mane back from a three-match suspension, Klopp opted to start with his four most potent attacking players and this will surely feel like two points dropped for the manager.

As exciting as the Reds were going forward, they were guilty of spurning chance after chance.

Graphic showing how Spartak Moscow touched the ball just once inside the Liverpool penalty area in the first half, while the Reds were pretty much camped inside the hosts' half
Spartak Moscow (left) touched the ball just once inside the Liverpool penalty area in the first half, while the Reds were pretty much camped inside the Russian team's half

By the time Sturridge volleyed over from close range in the 90th minute, unmarked Firmino had headed a good chance at Artem Rebrov, while Mane fired another chance straight at the Spartak goalkeeper.

The equaliser was well worked, Coutinho sweeping powerfully home from an angle after Mane had returned his pass to split the Russian defence and silence the home crowd.

Yet even after Sturridge's miss, Salah was denied by a brilliant, one-handed save by substitute keeper Aleksandr Selikhove in the 96th minute after Rebrov had earlier been injured saving from the Egypt international.

Is Klopp right to change keepers?

Liverpool named their third different goalkeeper in as many matches - yet they still only have two clean sheets in 11 games this season.

After Danny Ward played in the Carabao Cup defeat at Leicester last week, Klopp recalled Karius in Moscow despite Simon Mignolet saving a penalty in Liverpool's Premier League win over the Foxes on Saturday.

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Spartak rarely threatened but Karius could have done better for the goal which put the hosts ahead with their first serious chance.

Emre Can was caught in possession inside his own half, forcing Coutinho to concede a free-kick outside the area, and Fernando curled the set-piece over the wall and beyond Karius - though the effort did not find the corner.

The German did beat away Andrey Yeshchenko's fierce strike after the interval but the debate will continue over whether Klopp is right to rotate his keepers.

Karius has conceded 19 goals in his 19 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions.

Man of the match - Philippe Coutinho

Phlippe Coutinho celebrates scoring against Spartak Moscow
Where would Liverpool be without Coutinho? Eighteen-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold had another impressive night at right-back for the Reds, but Coutinho did what his team-mates couldn't - find the net

Champions League draw specialists - the stats

  • Liverpool have drawn four consecutive Champions League games for the first time since March 2002.
  • The Reds extended their longest winless run in the Champions League to seven games - losing three - having last won in September 2014 against Ludogorets.
  • Coutinho has now scored nine goals in his past 14 appearances for Liverpool.
  • Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet in the Champions League since November 2009 against Debrecen, conceding in their past nine games.

What's next?

Liverpool have two big Premier League games before their next Champions League game against Maribor in Slovenia on 17 October (19:45 BST) - Newcastle away on Sunday (16:30) and Manchester United at Anfield on 14 October (12:30).

Spartak's next Champions League game is at home to Sevilla on 17 October (19:45).

Line-ups

Spartak Moscow

  • 32RebrovSubstituted forSelikhovat 68'minutes
  • 38Eshchenko
  • 29Kutepov
  • 5Tasci
  • 16BocchettiBooked at 46mins
  • 14Jikia
  • 19SamedovSubstituted forRocha Nevesat 90+3'minutes
  • 11Lucas Martins
  • 50Pasalic
  • 71PopovSubstituted forMelgarejoat 85'minutes
  • 12De Souza da Silva

Substitutes

  • 3Petkovic
  • 18Bakaev
  • 21Samsonov
  • 25Melgarejo
  • 57Selikhov
  • 69Davydov
  • 99Rocha Neves

Liverpool

  • 1Karius
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 32Matip
  • 6Lovren
  • 18Moreno
  • 23CanBooked at 7minsSubstituted forWijnaldumat 73'minutes
  • 14Henderson
  • 10Coutinho
  • 11Salah
  • 9Roberto FirminoBooked at 75mins
  • 19ManéSubstituted forSturridgeat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 7Milner
  • 15Sturridge
  • 17Klavan
  • 21Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 22Mignolet
  • 38Flanagan
Referee:
Clément Turpin
Attendance:
43,376

Match Stats

Home TeamSpartak MoscowAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home4
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Spartak Moscow 1, Liverpool 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Spartak Moscow 1, Liverpool 1.

Attempt missed. Mario Pasalic (Spartak Moscow) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Serdar Tasci.

Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) with an attempt from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Spartak Moscow. Pedro Rocha replaces Aleksandr Samedov because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Aleksandr Samedov (Spartak Moscow) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jordan Henderson with a through ball.

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge.

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Roberto Firmino with a headed pass.

Offside, Liverpool. Roberto Firmino tries a through ball, but Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Spartak Moscow. Lorenzo Melgarejo replaces Ivelin Popov because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ivelin Popov (Spartak Moscow) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Alberto Moreno.

Booking

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

Andrey Eshchenko (Spartak Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Georginio Wijnaldum replaces Emre Can.

Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Salvatore Bocchetti (Spartak Moscow).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge replaces Sadio Mané.

Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

Andrey Eshchenko (Spartak Moscow) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Spartak Moscow. Alexander Selikhov replaces Artyom Rebrov because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Artyom Rebrov (Spartak Moscow) because of an injury.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Aleksandr Samedov.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Artyom Rebrov (Spartak Moscow) because of an injury.

Corner, Spartak Moscow. Conceded by Loris Karius.

Attempt saved. Andrey Eshchenko (Spartak Moscow) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Luiz Adriano.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Andrey Eshchenko.

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Fernando (Spartak Moscow).

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

Ivelin Popov (Spartak Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Serdar Tasci (Spartak Moscow).

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 26th September 2017

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd11003033
2CSKA Moscow11002113
3Benfica100112-10
4FC Basel100103-30

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG11005053
2Bayern Munich11003033
3Anderlecht100103-30
4Celtic100105-50

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea11006063
2Atl Madrid10100001
3Roma10100001
4FK Qarabag100106-60

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona11003033
2Sporting11003213
3Olympiakos100123-10
4Juventus100103-30

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla21105234
2Liverpool20203302
3Spartak Moscow20202202
4NK Maribor201114-31

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City22006066
2Shakhtar Donetsk210123-13
3Napoli21014313
4Feyenoord200217-60

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Besiktas22005146
2FC Porto21014313
3Monaco201114-31
4RB Leipzig201113-21

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid22006156
2Tottenham22006156
3B Dortmund200226-40
4Apoel Nicosia200206-60
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