Damien looks into the 7-0 humbling of Spartak Moscow as the Reds marched on to the Last 16 of the Champions League in some style.
As The Reds looked to confirm their place in the knock-out stage of the Champions League, they duly dispatched the visiting Russian side with a disdain rarely seen at Anfield in recent years.
Klopp went with the 4-2-4 formation, previously only used on away days with Coutinho on the left and Mane on the right, both flanking Salah and Firmino. Wijnaldum and Can partnering in midfield, with the usual suspects returning in defense.
Spartak came to play as a knockout stage place was up for grabs if they got a result, however, any early good signs were undone by a daft challenge by Dzhikiya on Salah four minutes in around the penalty area with Liverpool’s first ball into the final third. Coutinho slotted home the penalty as he also carried the armband for the evening.
The play remained quite even again for a while till Mane began an attack that resembled Brazil’s Joga Bonito. A sweeping move involving the front four ended with Coutinho side-footing a left footed shot to make it 2-0 and the night was just getting started. Moments later, Mane snatched onto some poor play, drove into the final third and his cross was half blocked and fell kindly into the path of Bobby who coolly finished it off with the outside of his foot. 3-0 and the contest was over.
From this point forward the game resembled a training exercise where at any given moment if Liverpool just tried, they would score. With a 3-0 lead at half-time, there could have been the slightest nervous energy off the back of what happened in Sevilla, however that died immediately once Mane volleyed Milner’s cross for a 4-0 lead after 47 minutes.
Phil would complete his hat trick, Mane would complete his brace and Salah would also get into
the act, adding further confidence as the Reds finish their group stage as winners with the most goals in a group stage by any English side and second overall.
The last time LFC was at this stage, Real Madrid had to take a knee at The Kop. Good times are here again. This magnificent will be a huge confidence boost as the Reds look to carry on their resurgent form, against their neighbors across Stanley Park, in the Merseyside Derby on Sunday.