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Newcastle drew 0-0 with Anzhi Makhachkala

Anji's defender Ewerton vies with Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa

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Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool reserves on retreat in Moscow against Anzhi Makhachkala

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Chris Samba in action for Anzhi Makhachkala

Former Blackburn defender Chris Samba returns to England hoping Anzhi Makhachkala can continue run of form against Liverpool

Christopher Samba makes a return to England tonight with the former Blackburn Rovers defender lining up with new club Anzhi Makhachkala at Anfield to play Liverpool in the Europa League.

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney

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Mega-rich Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala would consider a bid for Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney.

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Liverpool assistant boss Colin Pascoe insists the club's players are fully focused on tomorrow's Europa League clash with Anzhi Makhachkala and that they will not be distracted by thoughts of the Merseyside derby.

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Vidic missed the final five months of last season after snapping his cruciate ligament in the Champions League defeat to Basle, and missed Sunday's clash with Liverpool with tightness in his knee. He underwent surgery today and will miss the next eight weeks with the injury.

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Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has emerged as a target for Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.

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