There was relief for travelling Kopites today after UEFA ruled that Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow will not be played behind closed doors.
The Group E showdown at the Otkritie Arena next Tuesday night will go ahead as planned after the governing body punished the Russian champions for the scenes which blighted their match with Maribor on matchday one.
Rather than stop all supporters from attending the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s side, UEFA have instead banned Spartak from selling tickets to their fans for their next away group game against Sevilla on November 1. They have also been fined €60,000.
Spartak found themselves under investigation after a flare was fired from their end towards the referee during their 1-1 draw with Maribor in Slovenia on September 13.
They were charged by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) with the setting off of fireworks and the throwing of objects.
Liverpool have been allocated 1,145 tickets for next Tuesday with the club having already offered to pay the visa costs of £118.80 for all supporters travelling to the match.
If UEFA had ruled that the game had to be played behind closed doors then hundreds would have been left out of pocket having already paid for flights and hotels.
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Liverpool were reportedly eyeing up a move for Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller in the final stages of the transfer window as a contingency plan for losing Philippe Coutinho.
According to SportBild (h/t Sport Witness), Coutinho's proposed transfer to Barcelona didn't go through this summer because the German champions were unwilling to do business over Muller. The Brazilian would have been allowed to leave Merseyside had a deal for the Germany international been struck.
Liverpool would have been happy to invest around €100 million (£88 million) in Muller had they lost their No. 10, SportBild noted.
Barcelona's interest in Coutinho was one of the transfer stories of the summer. Phil McNulty of BBC Sport highlighted that despite the player handing in a transfer request, three bids were rejected for his services, with the final offer amounting to around £114 million.
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I had the opportunity to visit Anfield and go on the brand new stadium tour. (I would highly recommend!) Look who I ran into and had the chance to interview!! The one, the only @phil.coutinho. You won't believe what I asked and you won't believe his response!! He sends his love.
Emre Can: "You have to take the positives. You have to keep trying and don’t think back to the games. You have to go again. Now we play against Leicester again; after three or four days, it’s great to play against a team where you lost. It’s great that we have another opportunity to win against Leicester. It is the Premier League & hopefully we will do better and win. I think it will be a different game. Maybe a few different players will play for us and them. It is the Premier League. Of course it is different to the cup. It starts again, new. They won the first game, we want to win the second game. Jamie Vardy is a top player. We have to try all together to stop him. And not just him - they’ll have 10 other good players. But the most important thing is that we look to ourselves and play our dominant football & try to make it so they have to look at us. Every player wants to play more at #Anfield, because it’s great with the fans and you feel at home. But everybody has to play away. We’re looking forward to the games. Now it’s #Leicester, then the Champions League in Moscow and then Newcastle." #LFC