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.
Lacina Traore heads straight at Brad Jones, before Anzhi's goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov spills a long-range shot straight to Joe Cole, but makes amends with the follow-up.
The big Ivorian's superb flick over Sebastian Coates puts him through on goal, and he finishes beautifully.
Brad Jones stretches to deny Samuel Eto'o an almost certain goal.
Jordan Henderson's poor judgement prevents Liverpool taking the lead.