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Liverpool 7, Spartak Moscow 0: Man of the Match

Liverpool 7, Spartak Moscow 0: Man of the Match

A Liverpool win would not only see them through as winners of the group, but it would also be the first time any single country has sent five teams through to the knockout stages.

The score was nearly doubled a minute later thanks to a classic counter-press, as Salah fed Roberto Firmino with a lovely back-heel, but the Brazilian's unsafe cross was cleared.

Philippe Coutinho, captain for the night, led the team by example with a hat-trick of goals to put the icing on what was a controlling display from the Brazilian on the left of midfield.

Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will join the Reds in Monday's draw at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. They have scored three goals or more in seven of those matches.

Dining at European football's top table again has always been Liverpool's raison d'etre - and now, they can finally pull up a chair. It also made Liverpool the highest scoring English team in a Champions League group campaign, the second highest ever, and Klopp admitted the attacking prowess of Coutinho, Mané, Salah and Firmino would intimidate every team in Europe providing it is maintained.

This time there was no relenting as Liverpool turned it on in the second half, their attack showing a level of understanding and incisiveness that will make potential rivals in the last 16 take notice. "It proves that we are not trained for the Champions League level", he commented.

The start went from good to great for the home side, as Coutinho doubled the score with his second of the match in the 15th minute.

In the 85th minute, Salah finally got his long-sought goal after receiving the ball inside of the box, fakes a shot that led two defenders to collide with each other before shooting with his right foot straight into the top corner.

Since then they have played eight games. Spartak finish in third place and dropped into the Europa League.

Liverpool's prize for winning their group, and reaching the knockout stage for the first time since 2008-09, will be a last-16 tie against either Basel, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk or the reigning champions Real Madrid.

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