Liverpool drew against 10-man Rubin Kazan in their third group stage match of the Europa League on Thursday night.
It was a special night, being Jurgen Klopp’s debut at Anfield, and only his second game in total.
The home side started overwhelming favourites but were silenced on when Marko Devic gave the visitors a surprise lead. It came from a long ball from Oleg Kuzmin who found Devic, and the latter shot a slick lofted shot into the net.
Kuzmin then turned villain as he got his second yellow card on the half hour.
Liverpool took advantage and equalised a minute later as Emre Can slotted in at the back post following a free kick. It was 1-1 at half time too.
In the second half Liverpool came at them, in wave of wave of attacks, and numerous corners. Coutinho missed some good opportunities and was most busy.
When he came off, it was a long awaited return of Christian Benteke with half an hour to go, and then Firmino with 15 minutes left. With those two in tandem, the Russian side were under more pressure.
Benteke missed some easy opportunities, but he’s been out for a month and looked rusty in his first minutes back.
Late on he even hit the most when you’d expect him to score. Rubin Kazan were difficult to break down as they had all their players back, playing with 10 men.
Liverpool are still in second place in the group with three points, while Sion lead with seven points.