Klopp takes Liverpool stars to Russia

Date published: Wednesday 4th November 2015 12:02

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has travelled to Russia with a full-strength squad for the Europa League tie against Rubin Kazan.

Striker Christian Benteke, a goalscoring substitute in the 3-1 win at Chelsea on Saturday, is in the party along with all the others who were involved in the victory at Stamford Bridge.

Youngsters Pedro Chirivella, Cameron Brannagan and back-up goalkeeper Ryan Fulton are included but midfielder Joao Teixeira is ineligible and defender Connor Randall, who made his debut against Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup last week, has not travelled.

Klopp’s policy is different to those of predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who on the club’s only other European trip this season left six senior players at home when they flew to Bordeaux in September.

He named a strong side for his first European game at home to the Russians and looks set to do the same in the return fixture.

As the German has had no pre-season to work with the squad he needs to use every opportunity to find out as much as he can about his players as he approaches a month in charge.

Liverpool, who have had three successive 1-1 draws in Europe this season, at the very least have to avoid defeat in Kazan if they are to avoid a tricky conclusion to their Group B campaign.

They currently trail leaders Sion by four points and are ahead of Kazan by only a point with Bordeaux to follow in their final home game ahead a trip to Switzerland in December.

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