- Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp very aware of Spartak’s flying Dutchman Quincy Promes tonight
- Promes will start on the left-wing for the Russian visitors
- Reds were heavily linked with the attacker last winter
- SEE MORE: Quincy Promes discusses Liverpool’s January interest and what happened
Jurgen Klopp has a soft spot for Spartak Moscow’s best player Quincy Promes.
That much has been obvious since we considered signing him back in January at the start of this year.
The Echo claimed then that he was Klopp’s top target to bolster his wide attacking options, with moves for Julian Brandt and Christian Pulisic falling through.
A deal was never done and Liverpool ended up pursuing Mo Salah this summer instead – and the Egyptian has been completely spellbinding – scoring 17 goals in all competitions.
Tonight though we come up against Promes for the first time since the failed transfer, as the Dutchman was unavailable injured for the 1-1 draw in Russia.
Klopp has compared the flying winger to one Liverpool already have on the books: Sadio Mane.
“Promes is like Sadio Mane,” the boss said, reported in the Star.
“He can shoot very quick and is a proper striker.”
Klopp went on to ask the crowd to be at its noisiest, with a defeat meaning we’re crashing out of the competition.
“I don’t know if I can order it but if I could order it then this would be a good moment for Anfield to be at its best,” the German added.
“That is what I am looking for. It is special.
“We played there and drew (1-1) and we were the better side, we had more chances, and now they bring back three important offensive players in Promes, Ze Luis and Denis Glushakov.”
A win will be ideal, as a draw means we have a 50% chance of drawing either PSG or Barcelona, probably the best two sides in the competition, in the next round.