Jurgen Klopp’s males will probably be having a look to dance again after shedding two issues in their 2-2 draw with Sevilla.
The Reds have additionally struggled locally lately, being knocked out of the Carabao Cup through Leicester remaining week.
“This is a difficult one for Liverpool,” Nicholas advised Sky Sports.
“Trying to determine their problems is not so difficult and I consider Jurgen Klopp will attempt to play a squeezing sport to take the force off the defence.
“Philippe Coutinho being again in the objectives is a big certain however they have were given Sadio Mane to return again in, so that you wonder if that can imply a deeper function for the Brazil midfielder?
“I see they’re odds-on [to win] however, whilst they’re just right going ahead, you’ll be able to get at their midfield and their defence is in actual hassle, so I will take them on.”
Nicholas believes Luiz Adriano will open the scoring for the Russian facet however Liverpool will clutch a 1-1 draw.
“Simon Mignolet got them out of trouble against Leicester with his penalty save and, while Klopp isn’t under pressure for his job, he is under pressure in terms of not addressing their issues,” he persisted.
“The Sevilla result was a really bad one in the sense that they can’t afford to lose at home and I think Spartak will treat this like an away game, look to expose Liverpool when they come forward, and I can see another troubling night.”
The former Arsenal hero doesn’t consider the different two English facets in European motion this night will in finding existence so tricky.
“I can only see a continuation of good news for City,” Nicholas mentioned whilst predicting a Four-1 win for Pep Guardiolas facet over Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk.
“Shakhtar are a good facet and will probably be glad to sit down in and play on the counter-attack, however I feel that fits City with David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne so just right at unpicking the lock.
“Leroy Sane is in surprising shape and they have were given Raheem Sterling scoring as neatly now, so for me they’re having a look like the absolute best attacking facet round. Guardiola has that Barcelona really feel flowing thru them.”
Tottenham have travelled to Cyprus to tackle Apoel Nicosia and Nicholas foresees a 2-1 win for the London facet, with Toby Alderweireld scoring the first objective.
“They’ve got their rhythm of last season when they’re away from Wembley and they’re in a positive position in their group after beating Dortmund,” he mentioned.
“Harry Kane has scored a couple more and Christian Eriksen also got a goal against West Ham, so there’s a good feeling flowing through that forward line.”