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Liverpool v Rubin background

Liverpool's players will be aiming to put their stuttering start to UEFA Europa League Group B behind them and impress new manager Jürgen Klopp.

Liverpool drew 1-1 at home with Sion on matchday two
Liverpool drew 1-1 at home with Sion on matchday two ©AFP/Getty Images

Liverpool FC will look to recover some momentum after an uninspiring start in UEFA Europa League Group B when they welcome FC Rubin Kazan in Jürgen Klopp's first continental engagement as Reds manager.

Previous meetings
• The clubs are meeting for the first time in UEFA competition.

• Liverpool's record in 11 encounters with Russian sides is W6 D1 L4 (W3 D1 L1 at home – W2 D0 L3 away), those games including a 3-1 UEFA Super Cup victory against PFC CSKA Moskva, played in Monaco, in August 2005. They have won their last three Anfield games against Russian visitors.

• Rubin's six matches against English teams have ended W3 D1 L2 (W3 D0 L0 in Russia – W0 D1 L2 in England).

Form guide
• Liverpool started their Group B campaign with two 1-1 draws; Rubin are bottom of the section with just a point to their name.

• Liverpool advanced to the knockout phase in both of their previous UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns – in 2010/11 and 2012/13.

• Rubin navigated their way through to the round of 32 in all three of their previous UEFA Europa League group stage campaigns.

Trivia and links
• The journey from Kazan to Liverpool is around 3,300km.

The coaches
• Both clubs have changed coaches since the group stage draw.

• Liverpool manager since 2012, Brendan Rodgers was sacked on 4 October after an uninspiring run of results.

• Rodgers' replacement is former Borussia Dortmund coach Klopp. The 48-year-old enjoyed an immensely successful spell in charge at the Westfalenstadion, winning the Bundesliga in 2010/11, completing the double the following season and narrowly missing out against Bayern München in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final.

• Valeri Chaly is in temporary charge at Rubin, following Rinat Bilyaletdinov's dismissal in September. A lower-league player in the Soviet Union, he was later a beach soccer and futsal trainer. Once coach of Moldova's FC Iskra-Stal, he joined Rubin after a short spell with FC Chayka Sevastopol's reserves.