Euro giants hope to convince Liverpool to sell global star in January

Ross Houston
December 6, 2017

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has no plans to play for a draw when his side host Spartak Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday. However, if Aubameyang does end up moving to Anfield then he should be the one to lead the line as the Gabon worldwide is better finisher than the Brazilian.

Spartak can qualify with a win with the groups decided on head-to-head records rather than goal difference, meaning victory by any score-line would put them into the next round and likely condemn Liverpool to the Europa League. Sat fourth in their domestic league, eight points behind league leaders Lokomotiv Moscow, Spartak do have three players inside the top six scorers in the Russian Premier League.

Joël Matip will play no part for Liverpool with a thigh injury, although his problem is not as serious as first feared - with suggestions he could be ruled out until the New Year.

Liverpool's season is now focused around a top four finish, progress in the Champions League with the squad Klopp now has, he should be playing strong teams in every round of the FA Cup, which is something he has not done in the past. Kombarov joins Jano Ananidze, Artem Timofeev and Georgi Tigiyev on the list of players who are also sidelined.

Liverpool are unbeaten against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League (W2 D1), with their last encounter at Anfield ending in a 5-0 win for the Reds in October 2002.

Spartak have only kept one clean sheet in their last 15 games in this competition.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson were given license to bomb forward in the full-back roles and Brighton could not deal with Liverpool's pace and power.

Spartak have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League only once in their 11 previous appearances - in 1995-96.

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