Liverpool, Sevilla, Porto, Shakhtar into Champions League last 16

Doug Mendoza
December 7, 2017

The Brazil playmaker headlined a devastating display by Liverpool in its 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow at Anfield on Wednesday, with the other three members of the attacking "Fab 4" - Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah - also scoring.

Victory ensured that Liverpool finished top of Group E - meaning they avoid the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain next - and that five English clubs progressed to the last 16 for the first time.

15 minutes into the game, Coutinho doubled the lead after a handsome play between Sadio Mane, Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Coutinho completed his hat-trick with a deflected shot, and Mane added the sixth before Salah completed the rout.

There are some very good teams lying in second place in their respective groups, who Liverpool might face in the next round, but this performance sent out a warning to all teams in Europe that they could struggle to get past them, even though they're a side which hasn't been in the Champions League knockout stages since 2009. "It proves that we are not trained for the Champions League level", he commented. "They looked both really well", Klopp said ahead of the game against the Russian club, as quoted on Liverpool's official site.

Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will join the Reds in Monday's draw at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

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

It is also why Coutinho's value remains innumerable to Liverpool, with a direct hand in 15 goals from his last 11 appearances.

"Spartak Moscow is a really good side, I know you won't think so now but they are hard to play against". "We have enough time and we will be prepared for that game [Everton]".

Liverpool have now scored the most Champions League group-stage goals of any English team in history.

Spartak finish third in the group, behind second-placed Sevilla, and move into the Europa League.

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