Philippe Coutinho scores hat-trick as Liverpool routs Spartak Moscow

Philippe Coutinho scores hat-trick as Liverpool routs Spartak Moscow

The Brazil playmaker started the season in dispute with the Liverpool after the club refused to sell him to Barcelona following repeated bids by the Spanish team. They just steamroll teams with their energy, with the fab four as we call them.

Th victory ensured Liverpool finished at the top of the pile in Group E, while Spartak will enter the Europa League draw after finishing third.

"I don't think the Champions League is easier than the Premier League", said Klopp.

Spartak arrived in the northwest of England still in with a chance of qualifying.

"When it was 6-0", Klopp said, "we were looking at each other (on the Liverpool bench) and saying, 'How did this happen?'"

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. "We have enough time and we will be prepared for that game [Everton]". Firmino latched onto the loose ball and curled home a shot with the outside of his right foot.

Milner, on as a substitute, crossed from the left for Mane to meet with a fierce volley past goalkeeper Aleksandr Selikhov in the 47th.

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 made a formal complaint to Uefa after striker Rhian Brewster was the victim of alleged racial abuse by a Spartak Moscow player during today's game between the clubs.

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.

Ragnar Klavan also comes in to the back four alongside Dejan Lovren while Alberto Moreno replaces Andrew Robertson at left-back.

Liverpool can secure a first place finish in their group with a win tonight.

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