Europa League - Group B
Liverpool1Rubin Kazan1

Liverpool 1-1 Rubin Kazan

Emre Can
Liverpool have drawn seven of their past eight games in all competitions

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp endured a frustrating first game at Anfield as the Reds were held to a draw by 10-man Rubin Kazan in the Europa League.

The visitors took the lead through Marko Devic's stunning half-volley but had captain Oleg Kuzmin sent off for a second yellow card soon after.

Liverpool responded as Emre Can stabbed in following a free-kick.

Substitute Christian Beneteke hit the post late on as Liverpool were held to a third successive Group B draw.

Despite pressing late on, it was ultimately a difficult evening for Klopp and Liverpool as they struggled to break down their Russian opponents for large periods of the match.

The result leaves Liverpool second in their group on three points, four behind leaders FC Sion.

Liverpool owners John W Henry and Tom Werner
Liverpool owners John W Henry and Tom Werner were in the stands on Thursday

King of the Kop, but work to do

The arrival of Klopp has been greeted with excitement by Liverpool fans since he was confirmed as successor to Brendan Rodgers.

The 48-year-old's first appearance in a Liverpool dugout was at Tottenham last weekend but Thursday marked his first competitive appearance at Anfield.

In his programme notes, Klopp praised the "special atmosphere" the fans created, and they certainly extended a warm welcome for the German.

Stall traders sold scarves outside the ground boasting "the Klopp revolution", while fans waited eagerly for autographs and a photo with their new manager.

It was not only the fans who were keen to witness Klopp's first game in charge, with the club's owners having flown in for the game.

Klopp's appearance from the tunnel just before kick-off was met with rapturous applause, but any excitement about a new era gave way to frustration as Liverpool's familiar failings this season were once again on show.

Jurgen Klopp
Thousands of Liverpool fans made their way to Anfield for the Europa League tie to greet their new manager
Jurgen Klopp
Klopp took charge of Liverpool on 8 October, with his first game in charge a goalless draw at Tottenham last weekend
Jurgen Klopp
Klopp appeared to have bought a new coat to mark his first game in charge of Liverpool

Any signs of encouragement?

Under Klopp, Dortmund reached the Champions League final in 2012-13 and climbed from 110th to 13th in the Uefa rankings.

Liverpool fans will hope he can have a similar impact at the Reds. They are currently ranked 54th in Europe, sandwiched between FC Genk and APOEL.

Europa League success is perhaps not the supporters' priority, but they will welcome improved displays in the competition after disappointing draws against Bordeaux and FC Sion this season.

Liverpool's early endeavour against Rubin Kazan was encouraging as they played quick, one-touch football and attacked at pace.

However, when Rubin took the lead, albeit against the run of play, Liverpool - along with the home fans' enthusiasm - faded.

Kuzmin's sending-off - he was shown a second yellow card for stopping Can - and Can's subsequent equaliser lifted Anfield again.

Liverpool, though, failed to build on that.

Despite a late flurry as Rubin Kazan's players retreated further into their own half to protect the point, the hosts lacked the creativity to score a winner.

Jurgen Klopp

Man of the match: Emre Can

Emre Can
Not many players shone for Liverpool, Emre Can's run led to Oleg Kuzmin's sending-off before he scored the first goal of the Jurgen Klopp era

'Not a masterclass'

Klopp felt Liverpool had their moments, but accepted the sending off made it more difficult for his side.

"It was a very interesting game, a big challenge because of the quality of Rubin," he said.

"Sometimes it is a big advantage against 10 men, most of the time they stop playing football and defend in a compact block.

"It was not a masterclass but it was not the worst day in my life."

Klopp was appreciative of the reception the Liverpool fans gave him, adding: "It was one of the best moments for me.

"I felt everything positive and then I concentrated on the game."

Jurgen Klopp

What next for Liverpool?

It is another home game for Klopp as Liverpool entertain Southampton on Sunday. Their next Europa League game is at Rubin Kazan on 5 November.

The stats you need to know

  • Liverpool are winless in their last eight group stage matches in Europa League or Champions League (D5 L3), drawing each of the last five.
  • The Reds had 35 shots in this match (including blocks), Rubin Kazan had five.
  • Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in seven games at Anfield this season (v Bournemouth in August).
  • Rubin Kazan have received a red card in two of their three Europa League group stage matches this season (also v Bordeaux)

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Clyne
  • 37SkrtelBooked at 35mins
  • 17Sakho
  • 18Moreno
  • 7Milner
  • 24AllenBooked at 41minsSubstituted forLucasat 45'minutes
  • 23Can
  • 20Lallana
  • 27OrigiSubstituted forFirminoat 74'minutes
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forBentekeat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4K Touré
  • 9Benteke
  • 11Firmino
  • 21Lucas
  • 33Ibe
  • 34Bogdan
  • 56Randall

Rubin Kazan

  • 1Ryzhikov
  • 2KuzminBooked at 36mins
  • 5Kverkvelia
  • 88Kambolov
  • 3Nabiullin
  • 27Ozdoev
  • 77Georgiev
  • 99Kanunnikov
  • 10MarquesSubstituted forPortnyaginat 64'minutes
  • 61KaradenizSubstituted forDyadyunat 81'minutes
  • 11DevicSubstituted forCotugnoat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Lemos
  • 7Portnyagin
  • 13Haghighi
  • 14Bilyaletdinov
  • 21Cotugno
  • 22Dyadyun
  • 85Akhmetov
Referee:
Robert Schörgenhofer
Attendance:
42,951

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamRubin Kazan
Possession
Home73%
Away27%
Shots
Home35
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home15
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 1, Rubin Kazan 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 1, Rubin Kazan 1.

Attempt missed. Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Adam Lallana (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Igor Portnyagin (Rubin Kazan).

Attempt missed. Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by James Milner with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Ruslan Kambolov.

Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

Corner, Rubin Kazan. Conceded by Emre Can.

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

Elmir Nabiullin (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alberto Moreno with a cross.

Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Guillermo Cotugno (Rubin Kazan).

Attempt missed. Igor Portnyagin (Rubin Kazan) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Magomed Ozdoev with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Rubin Kazan. Conceded by Mamadou Sakho.

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

Maksim Kanunnikov (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Saba Kverkvelia.

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Maksim Kanunnikov.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Maksim Kanunnikov.

Attempt blocked. Emre Can (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alberto Moreno.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Magomed Ozdoev.

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lucas Leiva.

Substitution

Substitution, Rubin Kazan. Vladimir Dyadyun replaces Gökdeniz Karadeniz.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Ruslan Kambolov.

Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Christian Benteke (Liverpool) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

Attempt saved. Emre Can (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Roberto Firmino replaces Divock Origi.

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne with a cross.

Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maksim Kanunnikov (Rubin Kazan).

Foul by Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool).

Igor Portnyagin (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

Saba Kverkvelia (Rubin Kazan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Igor Portnyagin.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 22nd October 2015

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Molde32107347
2Fenerbahçe311145-14
3Ajax302134-12
4Celtic302157-22

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Sion32104227
2Liverpool30303303
3Bordeaux302112-12
4Rubin Kazan302123-12

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund32106337
2FK Krasnodar31113304
3PAOK Salonika30301103
4FK Qabala301225-31

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Napoli3300111109
2FC Midtjylland32015506
3Club Brugge301229-71
4Legia Warsaw301214-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Rapid Vienna33006339
2Villarreal32016246
3Viktoria Plzen31024403
4Dinamo Minsk300307-70

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sporting Braga33005239
2Slovan Liberec31112204
3Marseille31025413
4FC Groningen301215-41

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lazio32107437
2Dnipropetrovsk31112204
3Saint-Étienne31115504
4Rosenborg301236-31

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lokomotiv Moscow32106247
2Besiktas31203215
3Sporting31117524
4Skenderbeu300318-70

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Basel32015326
2Belenenses311125-34
3Lech Poznan311123-14
4Fiorentina31026423

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Monaco31203215
2Anderlecht31113304
3Tottenham31115414
4FK Qarabag310224-23

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Schalke32109277
2Sparta Prague31205325
3Apoel Nicosia310226-43
4Asteras Tripolis301227-51

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ath Bilbao32016336
2Partizan Belgrade32016516
3AZ Alkmaar310245-13
4Augsburg310236-33
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