Coutinho scores 3, Liverpool routs Spartak 7-0 in CL

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Jurgen Klopp hailed Liverpool's faultless 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow and says he is open to facing any opponent in the Champions League's last 16. Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane (2) and Mohamed Salah got the other goals.

Philippe Coutinho scored his first hat-trick for the Reds.

The Brazilian global was the subject of a number of big-money bids from Barcelona in the summer, all of which were rebuffed by the Merseyside club.

The fact that he was handed the armband by coach Juergen Klopp is a sign of the reconciliation between the two parties, even though speculation continues about a renewed bid by Barcelona in January.

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Dining at European football's top table again has always been Liverpool's raison d'etre - and now, they can finally pull up a chair. And who knows how far Coutinho can take the team in Europe's top competition this season?

Sevilla are now second in Group E and visit Maribor, though they will have their eyes peeled on the events at Liverpool.

"Wow. I have nothing to say about this", said Klopp, whose team sailed through to the Champions League knockout stage.

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

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Senol Gunes' side won't be easy to beat as they embark on their first foray into the last 16 in 31 years, especially with a second leg in front of their vociferous home fans. They have scored three goals or more in seven of those matches.

The start went from good to great for the home side, as Coutinho doubled the score with his second of the match in the 15th minute.

Coutinho put the hosts ahead with a fourth-minute penalty and finished a sweeping move moments later. Mane flicked in Daniel Sturridge's low centre for his second and Salah rifled high past Alexander Selikhov with five minutes remaining. "I am not going to say what the amount is", said Rondionov.

"Spartak Moscow is a really good side, I know you won't think so now but they are hard to play against".

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Liverpool's prize for winning their group, and reaching the knockout stage for the first time since 2008-09, will be a last-16 tie against either Basel, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk or the reigning champions Real Madrid.

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