Liverpool will travel to Russia to face Zenit Saint Petersburg in their Europa League knockout round first leg match. It's probably going to come down to which team cares more about this competition.
Considering Liverpool's roller coaster-like performances in the league of late, it's hard to say just how interested the Reds will be in having to deal with the Europa League. We'll get a chance to find out today as Brendan Rogers' side travels to Russia to face Zenit Saint Petersburg.
Zenit weren't supposed to be here (with here being the Europa League) after spending a lot of money in the summer to bolster their squad with the idea of advancing in the Champions League. Instead, they severely underachieved and much like Liverpool, will have to decide how much this competition means to them.
Both sides are in good shapes in terms of not having many players out, but Liverpool will at least have the advantage of being match-fit while Zenit are coming off the winter break in Russia.
Zenit Saint Petersburg injuries and suspensions
Out: None. In doubt: None.
Liverpool injuries and suspensions
Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho are cup tied and will miss the match, while Raheem Sterling's status is up in the air after he picked up an illness.
Match Date/Time: 6 p.m. local, 12 p.m. ET
Venue: Petrovsky Stadium, St. Petersburg, Russia
TV: FOX Soccer Plus, ESPN Deportes (U.S.), ITV 4 (U.K.), Sportsnet (Canada)
Online: FOX Soccer 2 Go (U.S.)