Scintillating Liverpool Thrash Sorry Spartak Moscow 7-0 At Anfield


Klopp's side started quickly and were 3-0 up by half time, then not letting up and scoring a further four goals in the second period to send Spartak Moscow back to Russian Federation on the end of a 7-0 hiding. Mane fed the ball to Salah, he played it to the right to Firmino who patiently layed it right back across the penalty area for Coutinho to put away a calm finish. The number nine spotted the run of his Brazilian counterpart at the edge of the box and delivered an inch ideal pass for Coutinho, whose left-footed shot sent Spartak goalkeeper Alexander Selikhov the wrong way.

The second 7-0 win of the Group E campaign, following the thrashing of Maribor in Slovenia, was a reminder of the devastating potential of his "Fab Four" attack.

"They've got people with pace, they all score goals".

Liverpool was one of four English teams to qualify in first place, along with Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham, and its tally of 23 group-stage goals is the second-highest in the competition's history, only behind Paris Saint-Germain's 25 from this season too.

Liverpool can book their place in the Champions League knockout round if they avoid defeat at Anfield tonight. "It proves that we are not trained for the Champions League level", he commented. "We will see what happens this time but we have no preferred opponent", said Klopp, who took Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013.

Senol Gunes' side won't be easy to beat as they embark on their first foray into the last 16 in 31 years, especially with a second leg in front of their vociferous home fans.

Milner, on as a substitute, crossed from the left for Mane to meet with a fierce volley past goalkeeper Aleksandr Selikhov in the 47th.

Liverpool's prize for winning their group, and reaching the knockout stage for the first time since 2008-09, will be a last-16 tie against either Basel, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk or the reigning champions Real Madrid. There are a number of signs which range from the welcoming of team buses outside the ground, to the volume of You'll Never Walk Alone before kick off, but if the Kop are standing for the entire game, as they did tonight, then that's usually an indication that the game is more than just a run of the mill fixture.

Three minutes later, Liverpool added their third.