The best photos from Liverpool 7-0 Spartak Moscow

6 December 2017

Liverpool cruised into the Champions League knockout stage on Wednesday, as the Merseysiders annihilated Spartak Moscow 7-0 at Anfield.


The Reds went into the game knowing that anything other than defeat would see them reach the last-16 for the first time since 2008/09.

Jurgen Klopp made five changes to the side that thrashed Brighton & Hove Albion 5-1 last weekend, with Loris Karius, Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez and Sadio Mane all returning.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Liverpool's players line-up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Anfield. Back row L-R: goalkeeper Loris Karius, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, Emre Can, Sadio Mane. Roberto Firmino, Alberto Moreno, Philippe Coutinho Correia, Mohamed Salah, Georginio Wijnaldum. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Philippe Coutinho skippered the side with Jordan Henderson on the substitutes’ bench, on a very proud evening for Liverpool’s dazzling Brazilian.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Liverpool's captain Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

His early penalty put the Reds 1-0 up, and after Coutinho had got his second, Roberto Firmino made it 3-0 to send Anfield into ecstasy, as Liverpool effectively booked their place in the knockout stage with over half of the game remaining.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sadio Mane thundered home a wonderful volley in front of the Kop shortly after the interval and added another as the Reds started to run riot.

He was a happy man…

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the sixth goal with team-mates during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In between Mane’s double, Coutinho completed his hat-trick to complete a special evening for him – becoming the first Liverpool player since Yossi Benayoun hit a treble against Besiktas in 2007.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring his side's fifth goal of the game, Firmino celebrates (PA Images)

Next up for Liverpool is the visit of Everton in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, in what is the 229th Merseyside derby.

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