The Reds drew 2-2 with Sevilla on matchday one while the Russians were held to a 1-1 draw with Slovenian side Maribor, leaving everyone in the group with one point each.
Liverpool returned to winning ways in the Premier League at the weekend with a topsy-turvy five-goal thriller against Leicester City, winning 3-2 in the league after losing to the Foxes in the League Cup earlier in the week. It ends a run of four matches without a win that started with their 5-0 walloping at the hands of Manchester City.
Spartak, meanwhile, are undefeated in their last four matches in the Russian Premier League, placing them seventh in the standings. They have, however, only won once in their last six league games, and were humbled in their only previous meetings with the Merseyside giants: a 1-3 loss at home and 5-0 loss at Anfield in the 2002 edition of this competition.
Reds playmaker Philippe Coutinho returned to the team after a turbulent offseason for the match against Sevilla, and now looks back to his best after scoring a fantastic free kick in their recent win over the Foxes, with manager Jurgen Klopp saying he is “finding the rhythm and all that stuff”.
“I said it of the first few training days [that] he was really outstanding,” Klopp told his club’s official website. “Now he’s really back and that helps us a lot.
“I loved how we fought for it [against Leicester]. It could have been clearer but after a few games with no results, or not the right results, you have to fight back. That’s what we did and now we can build on this.”