Liverpool's Joel Matip could return sooner than expected, says Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool's Joel Matip could return sooner than expected, says Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool will be looking to guarantee their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League when they take on Spartak Moscow at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Liverpool, who are fourth in the league, host 10th-placed Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday.

"Spartak could say the same as they gave away four points against Maribor so they would be in a different situation".

Can has drawn interest from a number of top European clubs including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich and showed his versatility at the weekend, playing at centre-back in Liverpool's 5-1 thumping of Brighton and Hove Albion.

Liverpool and Spartak drew 1-1 in Russian Federation with the Merseyside outfit the far superior side, though the People's Team were without several key players including talisman Quincy Promes - who has hit double figures in all of his four seasons in Russian Federation, with 11 goals so far this term.

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J├╝rgen Klopp has described Liverpool's Champions League showdown with Spartak Moscow as "all or nothing" and believes qualification for the knockout stages for the first time since 2009 would further highlight the progress he is overseeing. Kombarov joins Jano Ananidze, Artem Timofeev and Georgi Tigiyev on the list of players who are also sidelined.

Jurgen Klopp's men have scored at least three goals in their last three Champions League outings.

However, Klopp has reiterated that he is not concerned about any bid, instead claiming that he is only focused on the club's important Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow.

The Reds are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League games - although five of those have ended with draws.