Friday, 15 December, 2017

Five things we learned from the Champions League

Scotland's champions secured a place in the draw for the last 32 of the Europa League Scotland's champions secured a place in the draw for the last 32 of the Europa League
Rita Gibson | 07 December, 2017, 02:17

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool have no preferred opponents in the last 16 of the Champions League after his men booked their knockout round spot in style by crushing Spartak Moscow 7-0 at Anfield.

Philippe Coutinho's goal for Liverpool - a hat trick for the Brazilian - in the second half was the record-breaker. Referee Szymon Marciniak had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, and captain Coutinho sent Aleksandr Selikhov the wrong way to give his side the early lead Spartak must have dreaded.

Coutinho put the hosts ahead with a fourth-minute penalty and finished a sweeping move moments later.

The score was nearly doubled a minute later thanks to a classic counter-press, as Salah fed Roberto Firmino with a lovely back-heel, but the Brazilian's risky cross was cleared.

Karius, Gomez, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho (C), Mane, Salah, Firmino. The rest of his supporting cast would also find themselves on the score sheet in a rout which nearly rivalled their 8-0 win over Besiktas in the same competition, a record which has now stood for over a decade. He will miss the first leg of Liverpool's round of 16 tie for an accumulation of bookings throughout the group stage.

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Blood flow and heart rate also increased after a walk in the park, blood pressure decreased, and arteries became less stiff. The study added: " These beneficial responses were attenuated after walking on Oxford Street ".

The former Twente star has a close relationship with global colleague and Liverpool man Georginio Wijnaldum, and in January he admitted the Reds man wanted him to move to Anfield. Spartak never really stood a chance despite enjoying an unbeaten 12-match run in the Russian Premier League. For every exhibition of fluid, free-scoring football, it has been offset by needless and inexplicable capitulation.

But Liverpool still have justifiable reasons to believe that this could still be "the year" again in Europe.

That means that they will avoid Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Roma - but could still land the likes of Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid.

"Wow. I have nothing to say about this", said Klopp, whose team sailed through to the Champions League knockout stage. He filed this report from Liverpool's Anfield stadium.

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