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Adam Lallana eyes Europa League success

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Adam Lallana admits Liverpool will travel to Russia targeting three points after triumphing over current Premier League champions Chelsea this past weekend.

Rubin Kazan will host the English side after battling to a hard-fought draw in the reverse fixture with ten men at Anfield.

Meanwhile, the Reds' impressive 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge has set the side up for a thrilling fixture in the Republic of Tatarstan. A brace from Philippe Coutinho, and a goal off the bench from Christian Benteke, helped to secure the points after going down 1-0 after just four minutes.

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Lallana told the Liverpool Echo of the side's extra confidence from such a big result.

He said: “It’s a step in the right direction, but it’s important we don’t get carried away. It’s just one win, we’re by no means there yet."

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Liverpool currently sit second in the group, four points behind leaders FC Sion, with Rubin Kazan just one point behind.

“We made a sloppy start and we haven’t been scoring many goals recently so to come back like that and win will be massive for our confidence," Lallana added.

“You saw 11 players out there fighting for each other. You could see how much we wanted that win."

“Now we need to think about Kazan and trying to improve our situation in the Europa League. They proved at Anfield what a good side they are. We need to rise to the challenge over there to keep this unbeaten run going.”

Rubin Kazan come off the back of their own away win - a 2-1 victory against lowly Anzhi Makhachkala, who are battling relegation in the Russian Premier League.

However, the Russians are yet to secure a win in the Europa League and will have higher expectations after such a positive performance at Anfield.

Thursday night's fixture will see a vital three points on offer to determine which clubs have the best opportunity to progress to the next stage and one step closer to Champions League qualification.

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