Five things learned about Liverpool in their win against Rubin Kazan

Liverpool edged closer to qualification from their Europa League group with a 1-0 win over Rubin Kazan.

Liverpool put themselves in pole position to qualify from their Europa League group thanks to Jordon Ibe's first senior goal for the club in a 1-0 win over Rubin Kazan in Russia.

It means Jurgen Klopp's reign has a record of three wins, following the opening three draws, which the German will hope has built enough momentum to help them make it four in a row when they face Crystal Palace at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday.

Klopp made four changes to the side that beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge but still had a strong side out, with Christian Benteke handed his first start, while Jordon Ibe, Joe Allen and Dejan Lovren were also included from the off.

If there was one criticism that could be aimed at Liverpool, it is their lack of goals - having had 23 shots, only six of them hit the target. Making the side that bit more clinical is pretty high on Klopp's to do list, but the main things is the win.

Here is what we may have learned from the Reds' display:

It looks increasingly unlikely James Milner will be used in a central midfield role

Against Kazan he seemed to be making runs off the left a lot more. Though he was brought in by Brendan Rodgers to operate in a more central role, it looks as if Klopp wants him to operate further forward, where he seems a bit more effective, and playing centrally behind the forward will be hard task for him given the depth the Reds have in that particular area.

Emre Can looks better when asked to do a more disciplined job

It seemed as if Liverpool were operating one-and-a-half holding midfielders - meaning one would hold then the other would hold, then at times they'd both hold. Can has got through a lot of running in recent weeks, but over enthusiasm and naivety has let him down in the final third. He looked a lot more assured alongside Joe Allen. Maybe it is a pairing we'll see again in the future, as both certainly had their opportunities to press the ball as well.

Set piece specialist desperately needed

Probably not just learned on Thursday night, but the need has intensified with some of what was offered up by the Reds. Soon after I made a note of this, Liverpool nearly scored from a corner but the amount of set-pieces that go to waste is irritating to watch, to say the least.

Jordon Ibe has gone from lost to knocking on the door of the starting XI

The player that has noticeably made strikes under Klopp. His decision making is better, he took his goal well and is not reluctant to use his left foot any more. There is the odd naive moment to his game, but that's to be expected in a 19-year-old.

Dejan Lovren may get more game time than some expect

It was interesting to see him start on the right hand side of the centre-back partnership, alongside Mamadou Sakho instead of replacing him. As a result, he could get a few more games, purely when Klopp decides one of Sakho or Martin Skrtel needs a rest. He actually looked pretty comfortable, but he will face sterner tests.

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