Seven up as Liverpool bursts into last 16

They've a long way to go before they call themselves to be players at this level' said Rodgers

Philippe Coutinho, wearing the armband as Jordan Henderson watched on from the bench, starred with his first hat-trick for the club, while Sadio Mane notched a brace and Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah shared one apiece. Mane fed the ball to Salah, he played it to the right to Firmino who patiently layed it right back across the penalty area for Coutinho to put away a calm finish.

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

It is Liverpool's second 7-0 win in the group following their victory by the same scoreline against Maribor in Slovenia in October.

The former Twente star has a close relationship with worldwide colleague and Liverpool man Georginio Wijnaldum, and in January he admitted the Reds man wanted him to move to Anfield.

Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham will join the Reds in Monday's draw at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. "We have enough time and we will be prepared for that game [Everton]".

Senol Gunes' side won't be easy to beat as they embark on their first foray into the last 16 in 31 years, especially with a second leg in front of their vociferous home fans. It was also the fourth time they had scored three goals in the opening 30 minutes of their Champions League campaign.

Rarely is such an attacking need required by the Reds but Klopp flexed his muscles in showcasing his four stars to the rest of the Champions League - and Premier League.

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.

Promes has been impressive this season with 13 goals and eight assists in 23 games. Spartak, who needed a win to progress, drop into the Europa League.

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.

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



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