Liverpool vs. Anzhi Makhachkala: 6 Things We Learned in Reds' 1-0 Win

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Liverpool vs. Anzhi Makhachkala: 6 Things We Learned in Reds' 1-0 Win
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Liverpool beat Anzhi Makhachkala 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday night after Stewart Downing's goal helped Brendan Rodgers' team overcome one of the favourites to have an impact in the tournament.

Going into the game, Brendan Rodgers could have been forgiven for naming an under-strength team with the Merseyside derby against Everton looming large on the horizon—but he showed his intent to do well in the competition by naming almost a Premier League XI.

Two or three players did themselves no harm at all in the race to remain—or become—first-team regulars, though the likes of Sebastian Coates and Jordan Henderson might be disappointed to have not even gotten the chance to take part, despite some impressive performances in Europe until now.

The win is all that really matters, though, and the Reds can go forward in good confidence now with two wins and three clean sheets from the past three games.

Here are six things we learned in the Liverpool vs. Anzhi match.

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