Liverpool thrash Spartak 7-0 to finish group winners

Pieter Gerkens grabbed the ball after Simunovic turned the ball past his own goalkeeper

Philippe Coutinho, wearing the armband as Jordan Henderson watched on from the bench, starred with his first hat-trick for the club, while Sadio Mane notched a brace and Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah shared one apiece.

Now Liverpool are waiting to see who they will draw in the last 16, with the Reds set to discover their fate on Monday.

The score was nearly doubled a minute later thanks to a classic counter-press, as Salah fed Roberto Firmino with a lovely back-heel, but the Brazilian's risky cross was cleared.

Spartak's defence had been scrambled from the outset and they were punished for a fifth time in the 50th minute, Coutinho finding space in the area to wrong-foot Selikhov with a deflected effort off Salvatore Bocchetti.

Sevilla are now second in Group E and visit Maribor, though they will have their eyes peeled on the events at Liverpool.


Liverpool handed out another huge defeat as they fired their way into the Champions League group stage.

"All the teams in the Champions League have strong squads". "We have enough time and we will be prepared for that game [Everton]". It also made Liverpool the highest scoring English team in a Champions League group campaign, the second highest ever, and Klopp admitted the attacking prowess of Coutinho, Mané, Salah and Firmino would intimidate every team in Europe providing it is maintained. They scored three yet again, making it four in the second-half.

Coutinho added another two minutes later, latching onto another Milner cross and firing another left-footed effort in via a Spartak defender to make the score an astounding 5-0 by the 50th minute. World Player of the Year Ronaldo has only found the net twice in 10 La Liga games this season, but he broke two more Champions League records in the 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund.

Spartak, meanwhile, must win tonight if they are to reach the knockout stages for the first time since 1995-96, with anything other than victory condemning them to Europa League football after Christmas.

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