Seven up as Liverpool bursts into last 16

Lynette Rowe
December 7, 2017

The orchestrators of these goal-scoring exploits have been Liverpool's incredible front four of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho.

Although Spartak did try to pin Liverpool back, they left spaces in behind and were punished again this time by Firmino, who slammed home from close range after some suspect defending.

"Of course if you play (Manchester) United....and the weekend (against Everton) will be different already, we will have the ball much more for sure, but it's not too offensive or too defensive".

Mane started a move which defined their threat on the counter attack, playing a ball through to Salah, who found Firmino in the area, and instead of shooting Firmino found his compatriot making a late run into the area. "Usually I always get Real Madrid, so we will see".

Coutinho wasn't the only Brazilian to have himself a night. "We will see what happens this time but we have no preferred opponent", said Klopp, who took Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013.

There are some notable teams among those to have finished second in their group in this Champions League phase, with Real Madrid and Juventus in the pack Liverpool could face in Monday's last-16 draw.

Sadio Mane scored a second-half double as Liverpool thrashed the Russian side
Sadio Mane scored a second-half double as Liverpool thrashed the Russian side

Handed the captain's armband four months after asking to leave the club, Coutinho led Liverpool's dismantling of Spartak with two goals in the opening 15 minutes before his completing his first hat trick for the Reds in the 50th. "They nearly played like they were afraid of Liverpool".

It then threatened to get embarrassing for the visitors as Klopp's side scored another with the celebrations from the previous goal having barely died down. Napoli lost 2-1 at Feyenoord and failed to qualify.

But Keane believes Klopp's men have not been provided with a challenge so far. Milner delivered an inviting cross for Mane to thump home on the volley less than two minutes into the second half.

Can picked up a seventh-minute booking that triggered a one-game ban for sliding in on Ze Luis and Moreno hobbled off just before half-time after jarring his knee as he blocked a shot from Roman Zobnin.

After a 3-0 win against Maribor in early November, Keane blasted his former rivals as they struggled in the Premier League.

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