Anzhi Makhachkala (1) Liverpool (0): Try to Act Surprised

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A bit of skill from Lacina Traoré in the first half injury time was enough to put big spending Anzhi Makhachkala top of Europa League Group A after the Liverpool youngsters failed to impress in Russia. Brendan Rodgers rested a number of key players ahead of this weekend’s trip to Stamford Bridge and this youthful side — conservatively spiced with the bit part players — weren’t sent out with the expectation of taking full points.

Though the boss might argue otherwise, there weren’t too many of us that expected more than what we got. A half-decent run out for Adam Morgan and Conor Coady gave us a glimpse of what the future might offer, but it was dire from the onset. Passes and possession without penetration brought nothing in the way of passion; surprisingly, that wasn’t all our fault. Brendan Rodgers put a side out there that was looking for a draw, but Guus Hiddink had his A-Team on display — though you’d never know it. Still, they did what they set out to do; it may have been a bit tiresome for all involved, but a win is three points and that’s more than we got out of Russia with.

Roll on Chelsea? Quite right.

Steven McMillan

Can’t find up from down or tell black from white, but doesn't care cause it’s all Red to him. When he's not pissing and moaning about all things Liverpool, he’s chatting nonsense with his multiple personalities — or his “entourage” as he likes to call them.