Liverpool v Zenit St Petersburg: Europa League Match Preview
Martin Skrtel has called on the Kop to roar Liverpool to a famous European win over Zenit St Petersburg. He said; “The atmosphere at Anfield in European games is always special and the game on Thursday will be even more because we lost the first game and the crowd feel we need their help.”
Skrtel went on to say: “It's not going to be easy, but if we can get an early goal that will help us a lot. Then just try to play our game, create chances and take them. We believe we can beat them at home.”
Liverpool were on the end of a 2-0 loss in the first leg of their Europa League knockout match against Zenit St. Petersburg. It took a terrific effort from Hulk to break the dead-lock, before Sergei Semak put the game beyond any doubt with the Russian side's second.
Liverpool have been in incredible form at home lately, scoring plenty of goals whilst conceding very few. Unfortunately, Fabio Borini was injured on Sunday, whilst Daniel Sturridge and Phillipe Coutinho are both cup tied for tonight's game. The weight of expectation will once again fall of Luis Suarez's shoulders, as the Merseyside outfit look to overcome a 2-0deficit.
Fresh from Sunday’s 5-0 battering of Premier League rivals Swansea City, Spanish defender Jose Enrique hopes Brendan Rodgers’ side can replicate that performance on Thursday.
“It was a good reaction from the team,” he said.
“It was a really hard game against Zenit so it is good for us to have this result because now our confidence is there for the next game, which it is really important we win.
Predicted Line Up: Liverpool
Reina; Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Enrique; Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson; Suso, Downing; Suarez.
Predicted Line Up: Zenit St Petersburg
Malafeev; Anyukov, Alves, Hubocan, Lombaerts; Witsel, Denisov, Shirokov; Hulk, Kerzhakov, Danny
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