"Sadio is back and it's really good".
Fellaini has not recovered from an ankle injury he suffered in a tackle by Shane Long in the 1-0 Premier League win over Southampton on Saturday and was not in the squad which departed for Russian Federation on Monday.
Liverpool's manager arrived at Sheraton Hotel close to Shermetyevo Airport ahead of his meeting with the media, which was due to start at 7pm local time.
Spartak's Champions League campaign got off to a hard start too.
We aren't even into October and pundits are starting to run out of superlatives when it comes to Manchester City as a goal-scoring threat.
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"We know we can defend better and we practise in training".
On Saturday Spartak warmed up for the Liverpool game with a poor result at home. It remains to be seen whether he will be bold enough to field a front three of Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in Moscow with Coutinho playing a deeper midfield role.
Liverpool's next league game is at Newcastle United on Sunday. It's also worth bearing in mind that a return to the Champions League is a huge deal for Spartak fans, so I'd expect them to give their team raucous support.
It would not be a shock to see them contribute to the goal tally on the evening and that may well apply to Shakhtar at the Etihad Stadium with Brazilian Taison really catching the eye in their opening 2-1 triumph over Napoli.
His absence would be a boost for Liverpool after his superb start to the new season in which he has scored six goals in all competitions. "I don't think it's just down to the defence", he said.
On the Spartak side of things, keep an eye on Promes' fitness, because he's definitely worth a look at [2.87].