Liverpool thrash Spartak 7-0 to finish group winners

Was it vindication for throwing away a three goal lead in Spain last month?

There were calls for a penalty as Sturridge seemed to be brought down by Selikhov in the 81st minute, but he got the benefit of the doubt from the referee. Emre Can starts in midfield along with Gini Wijnaldum while Jordan Henderson drops to the bench. Madrid found a winner from Vázquez in the 81st minute. Salah finally made it a full set for the Fab Four with a composed finish just five minutes from the end.

The score was almost doubled a minute later thanks to a classic counter-press, as Salah fed Roberto Firmino with a lovely back-heel, but the Brazilian's dangerous cross was cleared. He also added some youngsters during the match, including Marcos Llorente, Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio.

"Varane got injured and things got more difficult", Zidane said.

Here are five things we learned from the match.

Brazilian Philippe Coutinho struck a hat-trick as Liverpool crushed Spartak Moscow 7-0 to move into the knockout stages of the Champions League as Group E winners.

- Draw for last 16 takes place on Monday, December 11 at 1100 GMT; Teams from same country cannot play each other. Napoli lost 2-1 at Feyenoord and failed to qualify.

Liverpool fans paid tribute to their outrageous forward line. The German keeper has been favoured by Klopp in European competition.

Liverpool went into the break with a 3-0 lead and Sadio Mane hit the hosts' fourth two minutes after the restart, with his sublime volley the pick of Liverpool's seven goals. Even so, there's no doubt they have given themselves a better chance of progressing deeper into the tournament having clinched top spot, with Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona both lurking as possibilities had they slipped up and finished second and fewer alternatives to help avoid the big fish. "I was very happy with my goals and the performance", Coutinho told UEFA.com. "It was a nice night at Anfield".

Sevilla drew 1-1 at eliminated Maribor to go through second ahead of Spartak.

Everton, who visit Anfield in Sunday's derby, were left with plenty of food for thought.

  • Ricardo Clara