MOSCOW — Missed chances cost Liverpool as it dropped Champions League points in a 1-1 draw at Spartak Moscow on Tuesday.
After falling behind to Fernando’s free-kick for Spartak in the 23rd minute, Liverpool responded soon afterward with a fine finish by Philippe Coutinho.
Liverpool’s Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah — known as the “Fab Four” in a nod to The Beatles — started together for the first time, but with mixed results.
Liverpool dominated the attack but Firmino and substitute Daniel Sturridge missed good chances, while Salah had a header saved deep into injury time.
That allowed Russian champion Spartak to hold on and hand Liverpool its second draw in two Group E games.
Spartak looks set for more UEFA punishment after its fans displayed a banner reading “UEFA mafia” and set off smoke bombs.
They were protesting UEFA’s decision to punish Spartak for a flare fired at the referee during the club’s previous Champions League fixture.
Sevilla went clear at the top after beating Slovenian side Maribor 3-0 in Tuesday’s other Group E game.