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Hello, and welcome to tonight’s liveblog.

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Kick of is at 7.45pm.

A reminder that you can keep up to date with all tonight’s Champions League matches via our score centre here.

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We’re under way…

Coutinho whips in a ball towards Firmino.

It’s overhit, however, and goes out of play.

9Mins

Can gets a booking early on.

A heavy touch prompts the German to dive in towards Bocchetti, who gets to the ball first and is consequently fouled.

11Mins

It’s been a scrappy opening 10 minutes.

There have been no clear-cut chances created yet.

12Mins

Nice build-up play by Liverpool.

Alexander-Arnold and Salah play a one-two, before the former shoots just wide.

16Mins

Mane tries to skip away from Eshchenko, but the defender does well to stop the Liverpool star getting his cross in.

Liverpool have been pretty dominant in terms of possession so far, but the hosts have looked pretty solid defensively.

19Mins

Firmino’s header forces a decent save from Rebrov, after an excellent Mane cross.

Liverpool are beginning to look more dangerous now.

23Mins

Coutinho is penalised for a foul on Samedov on the edge of the visitors’ box.

That stemmed from Can giving the ball away.

25Mins

Fernando curls a free kick on the edge of the box into the net to hand Spartak the lead against the run of play.

Karius arguably should have done better, as it wasn’t in the corner of the net by any means.

29Mins

Spartak are zipping the ball about with more confidence since the goal.

As I type, however, Mane forces a save from Rebrov with a decent attempt.

30Mins

33Mins

Coutinho and Mane play a one-two to open Spartak up, before the Brazilian fires the ball emphatically past Rebrov.

That’s Coutinho’s first-ever Champions League goal.

34Mins

38Mins

Liverpool have had 55% of the ball so far and eight shots compared with one for Spartak.

There’s no doubt the visitors have been the better side.

40Mins

Great ball in by Henderson.

Firmino, however, can’t properly connect with it, and Rebrov collects the ball comfortably.

41Mins

Elsewhere tonight, Harry Kane has put Spurs 1-0 up away to APOEL.

They should win that game comfortably.

43Mins

Spartak have been very cautious and deep-lying for much of the half.

The Russians are playing like the away team at times.

45Mins

Spartak break forcing Matip to head out for a corner.

That was caused by Can giving the ball away. The German international has had a poor first half.

46Mins

All of a sudden, Liverpool break with five attackers versus two defenders.

However, Mane is ruled offside as the ball is played towards him.

46Mins

The second half has begun…

51Mins

Nothing much to write about in this second half so far.

However, Man City have taken the lead against Shakhtar, with De Bruyne getting the goal.

53Mins

Coutinho wins a free kick on the edge of the box.

The Brazilian international has looked sharp tonight.

53Mins

Rebrov gets down well to save Coutinho’s free kick.

Liverpool remain the dominant side.

55Mins

All of a sudden, Spartak break.

Eshchenko’s powerful shot forces Karius to tip the ball out for a corner.

57Mins

That man has done it again…

58Mins

Mane plays the ball across goal and Sane can’t get to it.

The defender gave him a slight push to make sure the Egypt international didn’t get to the ball.

62Mins

Liverpool remain the much better side, but they still can’t quite open up their opponents.

The visitors have also looked vulnerable on the rare occasions Spartak have counter-attacked.

63Mins

Liverpool have made 320 passes.

Spartak, by contrast, have completed 196, according to BT Sport’s stats.

64Mins

It’s now 2-0 to Spurs.

Kane has scored a second tonight.

68Mins

Spartak have been forced to make a change in goals.

The injured Rebrov is being replaced by Selikhov.

70Mins

Liverpool now make a change.

Sturridge replaces Mane, as Liverpool search for a winner.

74Mins

Liverpool make another change now.

Wijnaldum has replaced Can, who’s been disappointing tonight.

75Mins

Kane has now completed his hat-trick.

Spurs lead APOEL 3-0.

78Mins

79Mins

Nice ball by Moreno to find Alexander-Arnold.

The youngster fires just over from the edge of the box.

81Mins

Firmino wins the ball on the edge of the box, but subsequently fires well over.

Liverpool have been disappointing in the final third tonight.

85Mins

Liverpool continue to dominate possession and territory.

This second half has been very stop-start, however, which is not helping the visitors.

87Mins

Sturridge gets the ball inside the box, but he can’t quite control it and the chance goes.

It’s been a frustrating night for Liverpool’s attackers.

90Mins

Big chance!

Henderson picks out Sturridge with a lovely ball in, but the England international’s volley flies over.

90Mins

There will be EIGHT minutes of stoppage time…

94Mins

Firmino finds himself in a great position, but his cross is behind Salah.

Liverpool will be kicking themselves if they don’t win this game.

90Mins

Another opportunity for Liverpool.

This time, Selikhov makes a good save from Salah’s powerful header.

Right, that’s all from me. Thanks for reading and commenting.

We’ll have more reaction to follow.

You can read our report of the game here.

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