DOWNLOAD HIGHLIGHTS: Liverpool 7 – 0 Spartak Moscow [Champions League Highlights 2017/18]
PHILIPPE COUTINHO delivered a captain’s performance as Liverpool thrashed Spartak Moscow 7-0 at Anfield.
The Brazilian was drafted in as skipper for the Champions League group stage encounter with Jordan Henderson on the bench.
And he gave his side the best possible start when he dispatched a penalty after Mohamed Salah had been hauled down in the box.
Coutinho doubled Liverpool’s lead 10 minutes later and that was quickly followed by a strike from compatriot Roberto Firmino.
The Reds were stung after going three goals to the good in their last Champions League game, with Sevilla fighting back to draw.
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But Spartak showed no sign of a repeat being on the cards and Jurgen Klopp’s side were out of sight when Sadio Mane struck after the break.
Liverpool were in no mood to let up though and Coutinho completed his hat-trick with 40 minutes of the contest to go.
Mane bagged his second 15 minutes from time, with hotshot Salah on hand to secure Liverpool’s second 7-0 win in the Champions League this season.
Liverpool’s emphatic victory means they’ve topped Group E and it sets them up perfectly for Sunday’s Merseyside derby showdown with Everton.