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Published: 20:01 | 6/12/17

Spartak win shows Liverpool "learned from their mistakes"


Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool's 7-0 Champions League thrashing of Spartak Moscow shows his side "learned from their mistakes" against Sevilla.

Liverpool went into the game at Anfield needing a point against the Russian champions to secure qualification to the last-16 for the first time in nine years, after they threw away a 3-0 half-time lead in their matchday five 3-3 draw against Sevilla on 21 November.

And Klopp says memories of that night at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium were in his mind when his side went into the break 3-0 up against Massimo Carrera's side.

"Nobody could imagine that it would go like this tonight," Klopp told BT Sport.

"It was an all or nothing game for both teams. 

"Spartak Moscow is a really good side, I know you won't think so now but they are difficult to play against. 

"We opened the game perfectly and after we took the lead we didn't have to defend. It was a nice night at Anfield.

"It helps to get an early goal or two. I told them at half-time we needed to show that we learn from our mistakes and keep going. 

"It's really difficult when we go to the next gear and use the space, it was nice to watch tonight.

"I have nothing to moan about tonight, it's all good. We changed the system a little bit, the boys did it really well. The defence was spot on, I really liked it."

Liverpool finish top of Group E with 12 points from six games following the victory, three points ahead of second-placed Sevilla, who drew 1-1 with Maribor at the Ljudski vrt. Spartak Moscow finish third in the group and drop into the Europa League.

Captain for the night Philippe Coutinho scored twice in the opening quarter-hour, the first from the penalty spot, and Roberto Firmino netted the third on 18 minutes, his 12th goal of the season and his sixth in six Champions League games.

Coutinho's hat-trick goal, via a deflection, was Liverpool's 21st in six Champions League group games, beating Manchester United's record for an English team in the tournament.

Mane netted his seventh goal of the season, and fourth in four games, with an improvised backheel from substitute Daniel Sturridge's cross on 75 minutes.

And Liverpool's man in form, Mo Salah, netted his 18th goal of the season, and 12th in 11 games, with an emphatic finish on 85 minutes from James Milner's header across the penalty area.

Liverpool, who qualify for the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2008-09, could face holders Real Madrid, German champions Bayern Munich or Italian champions Juventus in the Monday's Round of 16 draw from Nyon, Switzerland, which is live on BT Sport 2 [11am start].

"I don't mind too much who we get - usually I always get Real Madrid so we will see," Klopp continued.

"We have no preferred opponents, it will be really nice after a long time. I love this kind of news."

The Round of 16 draw from Nyon, Switzerland, is live on BT Sport 2 on Monday, 11 December [11am start], with the ties to be played on 13/14 or 20/21 February and the return legs on 6/7 or 13/14 March.

Image: Getty Images/Clive Brunskill

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