LIVERPOOL 7- SPARTAK MOSCOW 0 ANFIELD IS DEN OF GOALS
Well so far this Season , Liverpool have interfaced between the Sublime and Ridiculous so this result won’t have been such a big surprise to many Red fans. We’ve shown we are capable of scoring goals for fun because the front 5 we have of Mane, Firminio, Mane and Salah are just Dynamite on their day. And last Night was one of those days.
Give them time and space and they will absolutely destroy you. No question about that.
And last night, the Anfield poster boys delivered to take the club into the knockout stages for the first time in nine seasons, when they lost in the quarter-finals to Chelsea.
It is questionable how long all of the Premier League’s teams remain in the knockout stages.
But for an unprecedented number of our clubs to reach the last 16, regardless of their opponents and ease of the groups, is a bloody good achievement.
Since Chelsea’s win over Bayern Munich in the final In 2012, the performances of English clubs in this competition have been an embarrassment when you consider the ridiculous sums spent on transfers and wages.
Yet this season, there has been a shift in momentum. Football goes in cycles and we are surely approaching an era of some English success, even though Barcelona, PSG and Real Madrid will have other ideas.
Liverpool ended up winning Group E which was basically a strange set of teams with none of them able to defend properly, hence of string of really weird results.
But Jurgen Klopp’s team were the ones who remained unbeaten – despite some odd performances –as they were remarkably strong up front.
Mane firing the 4th goal
This was certainly proved in this battering of Spartak which brought their overall tally to 23, the most ever scored by an English team in the Champions League.
Whoever Liverpool face in the next round, the opponents will not fancy their chances against Salah, who has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season.
Coutinho, who scored a hat-trick inside 50 minutes, is returning back to his best after ending his summer sulk after failing to land a move to Barcelona.
Centre-forward Firmino scores more goals than some give him credit for – his third goal last night was a 12th of the season.
And Mane, although having slipped out of the team recently, remains a massive goal threat and remains incredibly important to Klopp’s offensive might. (Look out for the 4th goal he scored last night insane stuff)
He illustrated this by hammering an awesome finish two minutes inside the second half while he also got the sixth.
The problem is Liverpool’s defence when they face anyone decent. But at least now, Klopp has January to maybe make one decent addition to the back four ahead of the knockout games in February.
Equally, in the short-term, they will go into Sunday’s Merseyside derby against Everton full of confidence as they look to wipe the smile off Sam Allardyce’s face at Everton.
Two weeks earlier, Liverpool – who also put seven past Maribor – led Sevilla by three goals after 30 minutes yet due to a display of brainless defending, ended up drawing. But there was to be no repeat of that.
Goals from (Coutinho 3,Mane 2, Fimino 1, Salah. sealed the victory for Liverpool. In a show of sheer attacking brilliance not many teams will be looking to play us in the Round of 16. But before then they is the small matter of the Mersyside Derby on Sunday. Here’s hoping we haven’t exhausted all the goals for that game in this Spartak game. The visitors were Poor, the reds can at least expect 10 times more fight from Everton this weekend