Anzhi coach Guus Hiddink said his side's huge workload is the reason star striker Samuel Eto'o has flattered to deceive in two Europa League matches against Liverpool.
Asked by ITV's Peter Drury why Eto'o is no longer playing as an out-and-out striker, Hiddink explained: "We are in Europe and in the Russian Cup, which means from 1 July we're playing a game every three or four days.
"We're the team with the most air miles in Europe! So I must be a little bit prudent and cautious with Eto'o," Hiddink added.
Meanwhile the Dutchman said he was happy with Anzhi's 1-0 win over Brendan Rodgers' side in Moscow, but would have liked a more comfortable scoreline.
"It was a good result for us," he said, before adding: "Unfortunately in the second half we didn't finish it off."
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was pleased with the performance of his young team despite a 1-0 Europa League Group A defeat to Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow.
"I'm very proud of the players," Rodgers told ITV's Brendan Rodgers. "We need to improve going forward, but I've got no complaints...we've just got to cut out mistakes."
This rather summed up the match for Liverpool.
FT - Anzhi 1-0 Liverpool
Guus Hiddink oversees a win on his 66th birthday. Anzhi just about deserved to win that, and you can't argue against the quality of Lacina Traore's winning goal. Liverpool's young team lacked penetration in the final third.
SUB - Anzhi (Carcela off, Lakhiyalov on)
Carcela, still struggling to recover from the Shelvey tackle, walks off at less than a snail's pace, replaced by Shamil Lakhiyalov.
YELLOW - Shelvey
Jonjo Shelvey goes in the book for a bruising challenge on Carcela.
SHOT - Shelvey
Jonjo Shelvey blasts a free-kick miles wide. Literally miles. (Not quite, but it was awful.)
Vurnon Anita has pulled a goal back for Newcastle in Bruges… hang on… almost immediately Shola Ameobi makes it 2-2. Decent comeback.