English Premiership

Klopp set for Anfield bow

2015-10-21 08:53
Jurgen Klopp (Getty Images)

Paris - Jurgen Klopp will make his Anfield bow as Liverpool manager on Thursday when the Reds host Rubin Kazan in the pick of the Europa League fixtures.

Klopp takes charge at Anfield for the first time on Thursday when the three-time UEFA Cup winners host Russian outfit Rubin Kazan.

A disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Sion on matchday two left the Reds with just two points from their first two Group B fixtures, but the Anfield faithful will hope the arrival of Klopp can spark an upturn in fortunes.

"There are good players here. I saw many good things in my team," Klopp told Liverpool's club website after making his bow in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Tottenham Hotspur.

"We don't have to sprinkle magic dust on them 'and now you can play football'. They know how to play," added the German, insisting that his squad simply needed time to click into gear.

Rubin, bottom of the group on one point, have also changed their coach since the group stage draw was made as Valeri Chaly took over as caretaker boss from Rinat Bilyaletdinov in September after the Kazan-based side lost six of their first seven league games.

Tottenham Hotspur will travel to Belgium to take on Anderlecht. 

The two teams are set to roll back the years when the two sides meet at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium in a rematch of the 1984 UEFA Cup final, won by Spurs 4-3 on penalties after a pair of 1-1 draws.

The north Londoners have four Belgian players on their books but will be without Nacer Chadli for six weeks after he damaged ankle ligaments in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Liverpool.

Spurs are unbeaten in the Premier League since the opening weekend of the season and lead Group J with four points, three ahead of an Anderlecht side without a win in five European matches.

With two home matches to come Mauricio Pochettino's men know victory in Belgium would leave them well positioned to reach the knockout stages.


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