A training ground coming together between Igor Denisov and Lassana Diarra was reportedly the final straw for Anzhi Makhachkala owner Suleiman Kerimov.
Which five players in particular need to be guarded closely if Liverpool are to come out on top against the Russian outfit?
The Italian has started well with his new job in charge of the Russian national side, but he is only picking regular players and those currently playing in Russia excluding the likes of Arsenal's Andrei Arshavin and Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak. But as Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, Roma, Real Madrid and AC Milan chase two of the countries most influential players will they jeopardise their current standing for a crack abroad?
The controversial midfield man is definitely talented enough, but amid a furore at the Russian side would a Premier League side want to push for the Zenit St Petersburg player. Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal have already been linked.
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