Liverpool thrash Spartak 7-0 to finish group winners

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Liverpool thrash Spartak 7-0 to finish group winners

Earlier this season, Spartak fans were found guilty of racially abusing another Liverpool youth player.

They have scored three goals or more in seven of those matches.

Steven Gerrard, the team's manager, tried to settle down the youngster and academy director Alex Inglethorpe was involved in a conversation with the referee. It was special to be captain - I think it was my first time here.

As group winners, Liverpool should theoretically receive a kinder draw in the last 16, but with Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid among their potential opponents, Klopp does not expect any favours.

Gerrard confirmed the club were looking into the matter.

He was the longest servant on the pitch tonight in the line-up, it was clear that he was the captain.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola says his players will regain their focus after Manchester City's 2-1 defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine. "All goals are through good shots".

"As a player you want to play on these big nights and big occasions", said Steven Gerrard, the man from whom the armband was inherited, before the match.

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"If we perform like this, in these moments, if we are that clinical, then yes". It was a nice night at Anfield.

Spartak could have qualified with a win tonight but as early as the 4th minute the reds were in the driving seat. Spartak finish in third place and dropped into the Europa League.

Vincent Aboubakar scored twice for the Portuguese club, with Yacine Brahimi, Alex Telles and Francisco Soares also netting. It could not propel them from the bottom of Group F, although it did compound a disappointing exit from the competition for a blunt Napoli side. Leipzig had Stefan Ilsanker sent off.

Tottenham Hotspur host APOEL Nicosia in Group H with Spurs already secured of top spot ahead of reigning European champs Real Madrid.

Beşiktaş actually broke a few records in the competition.

Ah, yes, but what about the defence? "We have enough time and we will be prepared for that game [Everton]".

As Philippe Coutinho launched Liverpool's latest blitzkrieg attack, spreading panic and cutting Spartak Moscow to ribbons, it became blindingly obvious that there are two ways of analysing the work Jürgen Klopp is overseeing at Anfield.

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