Liverpool, Sevilla, Porto, Shakhtar into Champions League last 16

Liverpool, Sevilla, Porto, Shakhtar into Champions League last 16

Liverpool, Sevilla, Porto, Shakhtar into Champions League last 16

A Liverpool win would not only see them through as winners of the group, but it would also be the first time any single country has sent five teams through to the knockout stages.

Sadio Mane gets a recall in attack as he plays alongside Mohamed Salah, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.

A deflected shot soon after saw Coutinho complete his hat-trick, with Mane scoring his second and the Reds' sixth before Salah completed the scoring to condemn Spartak to a demoralising loss on Merseyside.

The Liverpool boss, who had just watched his side take Spartak Moscow apart 7-0, was asked about Spartak forward Quincy Promes' performance and whether he wass interested in him.

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.

"They've got people with pace, they all score goals". It was a similar story in 2005 when Everton finished above them to claim the league's final Champions League qualification spot, only for the Reds to throw a spanner in their local rivals' works by winning the competition outright.

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Coutinho scored his first hat trick for Liverpool and it started when he stroked home a penalty after Georgi Dzhikiya tugged Salah in the penalty area.

Prior to this game there were still doubts as to whether Liverpool had what it takes to qualify.

Milner, on as a substitute, crossed from the left for Mane to meet with a fierce volley past goalkeeper Aleksandr Selikhov in the 47th. I didn't like that as a player, I wanted to play every game, especially as captain, you want to be the first name on the team-sheet.

It is also why Coutinho's value remains innumerable to Liverpool, with a direct hand in 15 goals from his last 11 appearances.

Serie A high-flyers Napoli dropped into the Europa League as Shakhtar Donetsk's victory over Premier League leaders Manchester City rendered their 2-1 loss at Feyenoord effectively a dead rubber.

Liverpool have now scored the most Champions League group-stage goals of any English team in history.

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