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Philippe Coutinho scores hat-trick as Liverpool routs Spartak Moscow

07 December, 2017, 02:18 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Liverpool star Sadio Mane has been backed to score first against Spartak Moscow

Philippe Coutinho scored a hat trick as Liverpool thrashed Spartak Moscow 7-0 on Wednesday to clinch first place in its Champions League group and become the fifth English team to qualify for the last 16.

Now Liverpool are waiting to see who they will draw in the last 16, with the Reds set to discover their fate on Monday.

When the Champions League resumes in February, it will be a first time since 2009 that Liverpool have reached the knockout round of the Champions League, with only bruising early exits to show from their two group campaigns across the intervening years.

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

Coutinho's summer was dominated by his desire to move to the La Liga giants, so much so that he tried to force it with a late transfer request that was ultimately denied by Liverpool. "So I'm sure Jordan is hurting a little bit but I'm sure he will understand if they get the right result". "They looked both really well", Klopp said ahead of the game against the Russian club, as quoted on Liverpool's official site.

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Coutinho opened the scoring after just four minutes from the penalty spot after Mohamed Salah was fouled by Georgi Dzhikiya.

Real Madrid's domestic woes continued at the weekend as they failed to take advantage of a Barcelona slip-up by being held at Athletic Bilbao. We didn't do a lot, it was a bridge day, but what we did they could do.

"I can't explain it", said Spartak coach Massimo Carrera.

If Real are going to buck current form and win a third straight European crown, they'll need Ronaldo to extend his season-leading tally of nine Champions League strikes.

"Spartak Moscow is a really good side, I know you won't think so now but they are hard to play against".

The negatives for Liverpool were the yellow card for Emre Can, which rules him out of the first leg of the last 16, and a first-half injury to left back Alberto Moreno that could force him out of the Merseyside derby against Everton on Sunday.

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