Liverpool vs Spartak Moscow, Shakthar Donetsk vs Manchester City: 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

Jurgen Klopp's side did not merely scrape into the Champions League's knockout phase, they swaggered to it with a resounding 7-0 hammering of Spartak Moscow on Wednesday, a feat that represents a significant turning point and has been nearly eight years in the making.

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.

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After several underwhelming seasons in Europe's elite competition, the Premier League will be strongly represented in the last 16 with Liverpool joining Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the knockout phase.

Only four minutes after the kick-off whistle, Mohamed Salah won Liverpool a penalty which Phillipe Coutinho managed to convert to give The Reds an early lead.

Liverpool squandered a three-goal lead with a second-half collapse at Sevilla two weeks ago, which cost them a chance to clinch first place with a round to spare, but there was to be no repeat here.

It puts aside the memory of both Rafa Benitez's final Champions League campaign with the reds of 2009/10 and Brendan Rodgers' dismal effort in 2014-15.

"Winning a game is always good for each team, losing a game is always bad", he said, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Prior to this game there were still doubts as to whether Liverpool had what it takes to qualify. I don't know why it didn't happen in the last few years. "I have nothing to moan about tonight, it's all good".

Klopp said: "It could be something serious but he was a little more positive in the treatment room so maybe we will be lucky".

The negatives for Liverpool were the yellow card for Emre Can, which rules him out of the first leg of the last 16, and a first-half injury to left back Alberto Moreno that could force him out of the Merseyside derby against Everton on Sunday. We need all the boys for the next few weeks and especially for Sunday.

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