Video: Liverpool 7 – 0 Spartak Moscow (December-6-2017) UEFA Champions League all goals Highlights mp4
Coutinho sparkles as Liverpool hammer Spartak, Captain Coutinho leads rampant Reds through as group winners.
Liverpool will return to the Champions League knockout stages for the first time since 2008-09 after destroying Spartak Moscow at Anfield.
Stand-in skipper Philippe Coutinho led Liverpool to the Champions League knockout stages as Group E winners with a 7-0 demolition of Spartak Moscow at Anfield on Wednesday.
Selected to help secure the three points that would sew up top spot, Coutinho’s hat-trick headlined a fearsome display of attacking speed and precision as the home side ran riot from the outset.
Liverpool have scored 23 goals in the Champions League this season, the most by an English side in a single group campaign.
Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick as Liverpool became the fifth English club to qualify for the last 16 of this season’s Champions League with a thumping victory over Spartak Moscow at Anfield.
The Reds came into the game knowing they needed to avoid defeat to be sure of reaching the knockout stage for the first time since 2008-09 – and Coutinho gave them the lead with a fourth-minute penalty after Mohamed Salah was fouled by Georgi Dzhikiya.
They doubled their lead after a superb move 11 minutes later, Coutinho tapping home from Roberto Firmino’s pass.
Firmino netted himself to make it 3-0 at half-time, and Sadio Mane’s sublime volley extended the lead. Coutinho completed his hat-trick with a deflected shot, and Mane added the sixth before Salah completed the rout.
Liverpool’s victory means this is the first time five English teams have qualified for the Champions League last 16 in the same season.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea will also join Liverpool in Monday’s draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.