The Russian side drew 1-1 with Maribor, whilst Liverpool couldn't secure a win against Spanish side Sevilla.
Then simply place a wager on either Spartak or Liverpool.
As Spartak Moscow manager Oleg Romanchev puffed his cigarette, slumped in his dug-out, an impressive hat-trick from a 23-year-old Michael Owen earned Liverpool the win.
They spent plenty of money in the summer, and Mo Salah in particular seems an excellent addition, but it was the defence which needed improving.
"They lost out on Virgil van Dijk for whatever reason, but when it happened, they should have kept Sakho".
They have not won a European fixture at all since October 2012, eight games ago, and so both teams go looking to end their own respective unfavourable winless streaks in continental competition. Therefore, the Reds manager will be very aware of the benefits and problems that can arise from using it.
Liverpool and Manchester United supporters have been warned that they face jail if this week's Champions League games in Moscow are marred by hooliganism. His absence through suspension along with Eriksen is definitely a concern. Our task is to play our football without any fear.
Nathaniel Clyne (back) and Adam Lallana (thigh) remain Liverpool's only injured players, while Marko Grujić and Ben Woodburn remain the only notable absentees from their 21-man travelling squad.
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Luiz Adriano will certainly be looking to target the Estonian centre-half on Tuesday night in Russian Federation. We are an offensive-orientated team, but this is about Champions League football. Four of Liverpool's five away games this season have featured three goals or more, and three of those have seen an Over 3.5 Goals bet land. However, they are not alone in that (Vardy has been fantastic this season), and over the course of the 90 minutes you'd struggle to argue that Liverpool weren't deserved winners.
"When you come up from the Championship to the Premier League you get punished for the mistakes you make far more than in the Championship", he said. "And that's the thing with this Liverpool team, they're not streetwise enough".
How many will the Reds score?
We know they're still vulnerable at the back with Crystal Palace hitting the post at 0-0 on Saturday but are Shakhtar really going to be willing to come out and have a go?
Can Liverpool get at them?
The home side are unlikely to be in the best of spirits after a relatively slow start to their season in the Russian Premier League.
Here is what Charlie is predicting for their second round of group games.
He said: 'I did call him the other day but it's not just Liverpool we discussed.
"But our main goal is to give Liverpool's players no time or space".