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Philippe Coutinho scores hat-trick as Liverpool routs Spartak Moscow

Philippe Coutinho scores hat-trick as Liverpool routs Spartak Moscow”

In particular, Salah is in incredible form and took his goal like a seasoned striker - while it's encouraging to see Mane and Coutinho causing havoc.

Vincent Aboubakar scored twice for the Portuguese club, with Yacine Brahimi, Alex Telles and Francisco Soares also netting.

Spartak's defending was as desperate as Liverpool's attacking was dazzling and a clumsy touch by Serdar Tasci opened the door to a third goal.

After Salah was bundled over in the box on four minutes, Coutinho stepped up and rolled home the penalty for his seventh goal of the campaign.

Liverpool was one of four English teams to top a group, along with Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham.

It then threatened to get embarrassing for the visitors as Klopp's side scored another with the celebrations from the previous goal having barely died down. Salah and Coutinho combined once again on the 60-minute mark but forced only a corner, as the Reds looked to strengthen the competition for the goal of the night award.

Philippe Coutinho scored a hat-trick in the win over Spartak.

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. James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sturridge were summoned, but not their de-facto on-pitch leader.

With nothing to play for in the final group game, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane rested some regular starters, including Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Marcelo.

At the end of the month we'll go through the results of the month's polls and vote The Liverpool Offside's player of the month and, come next May, those monthly results will help to determine your TLO player of the season for 2016-17.

The Ukranian side finished ahead of Napoli who lost 2-1 at Feyenoord. But some players have always been immune, captains chief among them. "They should avoid sex two or three days before the football game".

Duff went one step further, stating that although he thinks their defensive frailties rules out a league challenge, the European Cup is a possibility for Liverpool. He will still feature in most matches, and will likely start against Everton on Sunday, but this was a revealing squad choice. Much of the pre-game discussion centered around Henderson, but he had become an afterthought amidst the post-game celebrations.



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