Five things we learned from the Champions League

Five things we learned from the Champions League

Five things we learned from the Champions League

Keane said: "A comfortable night for them tonight, a good start and their attacking players certainly enjoyed it". 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. "And if you see how Dom Solanke performed at Stoke, how Daniel Sturridge performed when he came on tonight - he could have scored two or three and he made a goal for Sadio - that's good".

Promes is one of Spartak Moscow's standout players and he is understood to have been a favourite of Klopp's and on his radar during the last winter transfer window, according to the Liverpool Echo and Sunday Mirror.

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.

James Milner whipped in a cross from the left which Mane met first-time with an unstoppable volley and then a deflected shot from Coutinho completed his hat-trick to make it 5-0.

"When it was 6-0", Klopp said, "we were looking at each other (on the Liverpool bench) and saying, 'How did this happen?'"

Coutinho's summer was dominated by his desire to move to the La Liga giants, so much so that he tried to force it with a late transfer request that was ultimately denied by Liverpool.

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.

Senol Gunes' side won't be easy to beat as they embark on their first foray into the last 16 in 31 years, especially with a second leg in front of their vociferous home fans.

Liverpool's victory means this is the first time five English teams have qualified for the Champions League last 16 in the same season.

Klopp insists he has no preferred opponents and predicted a Real Madrid tie.

Ragnar Klavan also comes in to the back four alongside Dejan Lovren while Alberto Moreno replaces Andrew Robertson at left-back. Spartak, who needed a win to progress, drop into the Europa League.

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