Champions League: Liverpool hit seven as they storm into the last 16

Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Champions League

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Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick in the 7-0 win against Spartak Moscow

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Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Champions League

Jurgen Klopp’s side join Chelsea, Man City, Man Utd and Spurs in knockout stage

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Thursday, December 7, 2017 – 8:09am

Liverpool 7 Spartak Moscow

It was a game of numbers Anfield last night. Not only did Liverpool put seven past Spartak Moscow but three of those came from the boot of Philippe Coutinho (his first hat-trick for the Reds) and in routing the Russians the Merseysiders became the fifth English club to qualify for the last 16 of this season’s Champions League.

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To top it all, Liverpool’s 23 goals overall make them the highest scoring English team in a Champions League group campaign,

They join Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham in Monday’s last 16 draw and the manner of their emphatic victory over Spartak will make the rest of Europe sit up and take note.

Going into the game last night Liverpool were still unsure of qualification for the knockout phase. They had to avoid defeat to progress from Group E, the sort of scenario that in the past has got to Jurgen Klopp’s side, burdening them with a pressure that stifled their creativity. Not last night.

They were one up within four minutes and three up after 20, Coutinho scoring twice and Roberto Firmino once.

But it was after the break that Liverpool painted the town red, Sadio Mane volleying a superb goal on 47 minutes to set the tone for the rest of the half. Coutinho completed his hat-trick a short time later …read more

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