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  • Date:25 Oct 2012
  • Kick-off:20:05
  • Venue:Anfield
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    93mins

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    93mins

    It's all over...

    92mins

    But they took it short to Eto'o, who wasted the ball despite having a box packed full of team-mates.

    92mins

    Anzhi free-kick now and they're all piling forward.

    91mins

    Suarez gets a free-kick but wastes it by firing it straight to a yellow shirt.

    90mins

    Carcela cuts in and fizzes one beyond the left-hand post. Decent effort.

    90mins

    Assaidi releases Sterling. He dribbles through but instead of passing it to Suarez goes solo and gets dispossessed.

    89mins

    Carcela takes on Downing, who eases his opponent off the ball.

    88mins

    Sterling again forcing a corner, he's been making Zhirkov work very hard since coming on.

    88mins

    Eto'o slips in Carcela, who shoots straight down Jones' throat. Easy enough for the Liverpool keeper.

    87mins

    Downing keeps trying Hollywood balls from left-back. A little worrying.

    87mins

    Gerrard tries his luck from 25 yards but it's always rising and ends up over the bar.

    86mins

    Carcela jinks but Gerrard wins it back. Downing then gives the ball away, before then winning it back. Lots of to-ing and fro-ing.

    85mins

    Stats: Yuri Zhirkov lost the 2005 UEFA Super Cup to Liverpool when he was playing for CSKA Moscow.

    84mins

    The match has really burst into life in the past ten minutes.

    84mins

    Anzhi back on the attack. Lakhiyalov crossed for Traore but he couldn't quite turn it goalwards as it was a little behind him. Goal-kick.

    83mins

    But they're out now with Sterling, who slices an attempted shot wide.

    82mins

    Carcela fizzed one across goal but Skrtel did well to divert it out of harms way. Anzhi camped in the Liverpool half.

    81mins

    Poor decision from the ref. The goalkeeper was just about to kick it out but Agger came from behind and headed it out of his hand before finishing brilliantly. Despite Gabulov only having one hand on the ball, Agger's been penalised.

    80mins

    Agger

    80mins

    Allen on for Shelvey.

    79mins

    Sterling does tremendously well to earn a corner under the attention of two yellow shirts.

    79mins

    Udinese have got themselves a goal back in Switzerland against Young Boys. 2-1 to the hosts at present.

    78mins

    The break looked to be on for Suarez and Liverpool but a poor, overly-ambitious pass lets him down.

    78mins

    Shatov straight into Brad Jones' hands.

    77mins

    Sahin heads the corner out. Wisdom heads the subsequent corner out. It's another corner now.

    76mins

    Lakhiyalov on for Boussoufa

    76mins

    Boussoufa's shot deflected out for an Anzhi corner.

    75mins

    An angered Suarez then produced a foul of his own, before being booked for dissent.

    74mins

    Gerrard finds Assaidi, who produces a sublime turn to escape into space. He's pushed over in the box - Logashov nudges him down. But the ref shakes his head.

    73mins

    Suarez finally wins a free-kick, much to the delight of the Liverpool fans - who sarcastically applaud the ref.

    72mins

    Suarez again unlucky not to have a free-kick called in his favour as Joao Carlos was a bit heavy in the challenge.

    70mins

    Young Boys are now 2-0 up against Udinese, which would put Liverpool top of Group A as things stand.

    69mins

    Liverpool nearly caught out as Downing plays a schoolboy pass straight across his own goal. The ball lands at Eto'o's feet but his shot is straight at Brad Jones. Downing a lucky fella.

    69mins

    Anzhi free-kick now, but it's headed away by Gerrard.

    68mins

    Eto'o dropping much deeper at the moment to try to influence play a little more.

    67mins

    I'm stunned to see Samuel Eto'o as the man who tracks all the way back in his half to stop Sterling in full flight with an excellent tackle.

    67mins

    Eto'o's shot deflected out for a throw-in, deep in Liverpool territory.

    66mins

    First challenge for Skrtel as the aerial ball comes in, but the Slovakian does well to win the battle.

    65mins

    His first contribution is a foul throw that allows Liverpool to regain some control.

    65mins

    The Ivory Coast international's introduction will bring a different dynamic to the Anzhi attack - though apparently despite his 6ft 8in he's not really known for his heading ability. Shocking I know!

    64mins

    Traore on for Smolov.

    64mins

    Shatov, Smolov and Zhirkov combine but Anzhi are thwarted by Wisdom.

    63mins

    Gerrard's delivery headed out by Zhirkov at the near post.

    62mins

    Suarez with a pacy break and he fed in Shelvey. A heavy touch lets him down but it's deflected out for a corner.

    61mins

    Logashov on for Agalarov, who was struggling after taking an earlier knock.

    61mins

    It's actually Logashov to come on.

    61mins

    Assaidi looking to weave some magic - he's been a bit quieter so far in the second half.

    60mins

    Really good defensive work from Wisdom - he's had an excellent game. A wise (excuse the pun) head on young shoulders.

    59mins

    Anzhi about to make a substitution with Lacina Traore warming up. All 6ft 8in of him!

    58mins

    Liverpool's players smelling blood now by the looks of it. And the volume is well and truly rising inside Anfield.

    57mins

    Liverpool straight up the other end as Shelvey sets himself up but a weak volley doesn't trouble Gabulov.

    57mins

    Quick free-kick from Anzhi, but Zhirkov's attempted delivery from the left is blocked by Sterling.

    56mins

    Skrtel penalised for another challenge on Smolov. He headed his head this time, looked painful.

    55mins

    Side netting, but a lot of Anfield thought it was in. Great strike but narrowly wide.

    55mins

    Suarez unleashes an effort from 25 yards...

    54mins

    Rodgers - inspired tactical move. Downing had been pretty anonymous in the first half playing down the right. But a real impact from left-back.

    52mins

    Zhirkov takes down Sterling.

    51mins

    Eto'o taking control with a positive dribble. But a bit of miscommunication from Boussoufa sees the move breakdown.

    50mins

    That really lifted the Anfield faithful, let's see if the Reds can push on now.

    49mins

    But his header is just wide. Great run from the captain and ball from Shelvey.

    49mins

    Sterling flicks on for Shelvey, who in turn crosses for Gerrard...

    48mins

    Skrtel has a shot, turned away by the goalkeeper.

    48mins

    Sterling looks to make an impression down the right but Zhirkov clears it quite literally out of the stadium. Greeted by ironic cheers and a smile from the player himself.

    47mins

    Stats: Liverpool's defeat to Udinese was only their second in their last 21 European games.

    47mins

    Wisdom accelerates down the right but he's eased off the ball.

    46mins

    So that substitution sees Downing shifted to left-back, I bet he's delighted.

    45mins

    We're off for the second half...

    45mins

    Sterling on for Johnson.

    45mins

    Certainly agree with the assessment of Assaidi, he has been awesome - easily Liverpool's best player. More of a natural winger than Suso.

    45mins

    @DerAuslander on Twitter: gerrard has been poor this season...once Lucas is back I could see him being the odd man out of midfield

    45mins

    @Red_Ostrich on Twitter: assaidi has been electrifying. I think Gerrard should be benched. Suso to come in and sahin to DM.#ynwa

    45mins

    Here's a round-up

    45mins

    Another man certainly worth following for the Liverpool fans is our Anfield blogger@Kristian_Walsh

    45mins

    Remember, you can give me a shout on Twitter to let me know your thoughts on the game -@marklomasESPN is the place to go

    45mins

    Smolov lets fly from 25 yards but it's well past the right-hand post.

    45mins

    Suarez, Assaidi and Sahin combine on the edge of the box but the latter is tackled.

    44mins

    Liverpool in control of possession again, but can they grab a goal before half-time?

    43mins

    Plenty of Red shirts in the box but they are all crowded out.

    43mins

    Gerrard to take the in-swinging free-kick.

    42mins

    Agalarov - deserved booking.

    42mins

    Assaidi on the burst again, brought down by Agalarov.

    41mins

    Gerrard looks to play in Suarez behind Joao Carlos but the defender reads it.

    40mins

    Decent connection but just skims over the left diagonal frame of the goal.

    40mins

    Agger advances and he looks like he fancies a strike...

    39mins

    Decent enough game so far but just not enough chances. Liverpool have looked the better team, just need to create a little more.

    38mins

    Good little spell for Anzhi in the last couple of minutes, keeping the ball nicely.

    36mins

    Sahin rises but his header loops up over the crossbar.

    35mins

    Corner for Liverpool now. Gerrard to deliver.

    34mins

    Johnson was through and just as he looked to attempt to tuck the ball home, it was taken from him. As were his legs by the looks of it. Cries for a penalty waved away.

    33mins

    I can only assume that Brad Jones knew what he was doing, having a cheeky dribble with Smolov in close proximity. Heard a few drawings of breath from Liverpool fans.

    33mins

    Gerrard heads it clear under pressure from Samba. And that is real pressure.

    32mins

    Straight down the other end, Anzhi have a set-piece in a similar position on the right. Boussoufa to whip it in.

    31mins

    Free-kick played in from the right by Assaidi but it's too strong for any red shirts to get on the end of it.

    30mins

    Stats: Liverpool have only previously once lost successive home games in Europe - against Lyon and Fiorentina in the 2009 Champions League.

    29mins

    Suarez to the byline and played in towards Shelvey again, but the Englishman didn't have time to manoeuvre himself.

    28mins

    His handling has looked a little dodgy at times though. Despite being straight at the Anzhi keeper, the ball almost looked like it would roll out of his hands and spin back into the goal.

    28mins

    Johnson and Assaidi again providing the major danger for Liverpool. The former pulling back for the latter this time but again Gabulov isn't really tested.

    27mins

    Anzhi back in possession now, Zhirkov with a marauding run down the left but the referee again shook his head at the prospect of a free-kick.

    26mins

    Gerrard and Sahin combine as Liverpool look for an opening.

    25mins

    Eto'o tries to feed Smolov but just as he looked about to hit it, Skrtel made a risky but well-executed challenge through the back to win the ball.

    24mins

    But he's skied it high over the bar. Leaning back, a very disappointing effort.

    24mins

    Suarez breaks in behind the defence and lays it back for Shelvey...

    23mins

    Stats: Anzhi are currently top of the Russian League having won 29 points out of a possible 36.

    22mins

    Gerrard strikes it into the wall.

    21mins

    Samba crashes through the back of Suarez and promptly gets booked. Free-kick around 30 yards out. Suarez and Gerrard discuss.

    21mins

    Samba

    20mins

    Assaidi again gets beyond his man, pulling back for Johnson - who hit straight at Gabulov. The Anzhi keeper unconvincing with his parry clear, though.

    20mins

    Wisdom shows his pace to track and tackle Smolov.

    19mins

    Shatov attempts to engineer some space but Liverpool win the ball back.

    18mins

    Eto'o allowed to run from the halfway line to the edge of the Liverpool box - all the Reds players just didn't look interested in tackling. Agger eventually stepped up to the plate though.

    17mins

    Assaidi swings a cross in from the left but Chris 'monolith' Samba is again well positioned to clear the ball.

    16mins

    Downing tracks back to challenge Zhirkov and Suarez subsequently goes flying after being blocked out by Boussoufa. Suarez a little dramatic there, and I think that cost him the free-kick as the ref just shook his head.

    15mins

    Eto'o again frustrated after picking the ball up in space but getting tackled.

    14mins

    Eto'o spreads the ball wide to Mehdi Gonzalez, who earns himself a look of disgust from the Cameroonian after failing to give him an acceptable return pass.

    13mins

    Eto'o drops deep to try to give Anzhi some inspiration.

    12mins

    Stats: Chris Samba only won one of his eight games against Liverpool with Blackburn - the last match of Roy Hodgson's reign in 2011.

    11mins

    Johnson releases Assaidi, who pulls it back for Suarez. He shoots straight at goalkeeper Gabulov from just inside the area though.

    10mins

    Suarez with a beautiful turn to escape into space, but his cross is over-hit.

    9mins

    Skrtel was a bit of a naughty boy there, using Smolov's hip as a launching pad to help him win the header. The Anzhi man in discomfort and his team-mates unimpressed.

    8mins

    Stats: Stewart Downing has provided more assists (3) than any other player in the Europa League this season.

    7mins

    In the group's other game, Young Boys lead Udinese thanks to a goal from Bobadilla.

    7mins

    Samba gets the interception again, this time it's out for a corner after he tackles Assaidi.

    6mins

    Superb diagonal from Gerrard finds Suarez. Probably about 60 yards but a pinpoint pass. Suarez nutmegs two but is crowded out by Samba.

    5mins

    Boussoufa drives through the middle but can't find Eto'o.

    4mins

    Samba with a giant boot clears the ball away - he would have decapitated Suarez had the Uruguayan not wisely ducked out of the way.

    3mins

    Assaidi with a positive burst through the middle but Gabulov chases back and dispossesses him.

    2mins

    Shelvey feeds Wisdom, whose cross is hoofed clear by Chris Samba.

    2mins

    Suarez and Shelvey with a neat early interchange. Bright start from Liverpool.

    1mins

    Over four goals per game averaged in Group A so far - seven of them from Liverpool. Fingers crossed we'll see plenty more tonight then.

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