Luis Suarez missed a couple of gilt-edged chances to score a precious away goal in Saint Petersburg, although the manager was pleased with the overall performance and will feel that an early goal on Thursday will change the complexion of this tie.
Rodgers would dearly love to win some silverware in his first season at Anfield and this competition represents his only chance to land a trophy after defeats in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup, although the bookies do make them outsiders to claim a last sixteen berth.
Ladbrokes offer 10/3 that Liverpool not only beat Zenit but actually qualify at their opponents’ expense and they not only have to come forward and score goals, but also watch out for counter-attacks considering an away goal will leave the Reds needing to score four times.
A home win is no bigger than 7/10 with Paddy Power and it’s easy enough to see the Merseyside team winning the match in some shape or form. Daniel Sturridge brings a different dimension to their attacking player and he helped contribute to an excellent team performance against the Swans.
However, the former Chelsea man and Phillippe Coutinho are both cup-tied for this encounter and that could swing the balance in Zenit’s favour, although Luis Suarez is a stand-out 4/1 to score the first goal of this particular match.
The visitors are no bigger than 1/4 (BetVictor) to go through after their 2-0 win last week and will feel that an away goal should be enough to get them into the next knockout stage of the competition.
Zenit are a decent side who finished third in their Champions League qualifying group and it might be that they stun Liverpool again by winning at Anfield, especially if the home side don’t achieve an early breakthrough and are left chasing the game.
The visitors are a 9/2 chance to win on the night, with Hulk and Alexander Kerzhakov posing a dangerous threat in attack for the Russian champions. The former was on the scoresheet last week and odds of 9/1 about him finding the net on Thursday look pretty attractive.
If pushed, we would recommend a correct score bet of 2-1 in Liverpool’s favour, with BetVictor offering typically generous odds of 17/2 that the Merseyside club fail valiantly in this European tie.