Scintillating Liverpool make doubters forget about shortcomings — Champions League

Scintillating Liverpool make doubters forget about shortcomings — Champions League

Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham all won on a historic Champions League night for English football.

It was a fantastic night for Jurgen Klopp's side, as they romped to a stunning 7-0 in win in front of a joyous Anfield crowd.

The undefeated sides all finished their respective group as leaders and as a result none of the four teams can be drawn against each other in the next round.

Shakhtar took full advantage of a weakened Manchester City to secure a qualification to the knockout stage that did not look particularly likely a few months ago. Perhaps it is for the best. This one was not his most significant, but the style in which he achieved it was typical.

Philippe Coutinho scored the first hat-trick of his Anfield career to help the Reds top Group E and become the 5th Premier League team though to the last 16. To be fair, by that point it was looking done and dusted with a Roberto Firmino strike and the first of Sadio Mane's double scored in between.

Liverpool's only disappointment was towards the end of the half when Alberto Moreno went off after appearing to twist his ankle when he blocked a shot at close range.

Earlier this season another Liverpool youth player - Bobby Adekanye - was the victim of racist chants and gestures from Spartak supporters during the game in Moscow.

Two-time winners Porto secured second spot in Group G with a 5-2 win over Monaco in a game which ended 10-a-side.

'It is a lot easier for us when they keep scoring the goals, it's nice to have so much ability in the team, ' he added. Two players became the first to reach 60 career goals in the Champions League group stage. Coutinho made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Liverpool topped their group despite only recording 12 points in Group E.

"It's difficult for me to comment on it right now".

Imbalance, however, remains Liverpool's greatest weakness.

No. Within 3 minutes of the restart it was 4-0 as Mane got the goal he had been threatening in the first half. When the next year starts it will be really nice.

But Liverpool still have justifiable reasons to believe that this could still be 'the year' again in Europe.

Shakhtar's victory and Napoli's 2-1 defeat to Feyenoord means the Ukrainians qualified in second place.

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