Liverpool v Spartak Moscow: Live matchday blog
Liverpool host Spartak Moscow on Wednesday night knowing that a point will secure their place in the last 16 of the Champions League. Follow our matchday blog for the best coverage of the build-up, action and reaction from Anfield.
The manager's verdict
Jürgen Klopp's post-match thoughts are in. He discussed:
- Tonight's 7-0 win
- Alberto Moreno's injury
- The Merseyside derby
- His front four
The Reds' win tonight means they could face any of the following in the last 16:
Basel, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto, Real Madrid.
Which side do you want?
Top of the pops
A reminder of how Liverpool's group finished - that goal difference is a joke.
Want to relive that game in text form? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
For the first time since 2009...
Liverpool 7-0 Spartak Moscow
All over at Anfield and the Reds are through to the Champions League knockout stages as group winners.
What a performance. What a team.
Now onto the Merseyside derby...
Liverpool 7-0 Spartak Moscow (Salah)
And it's there!
Milner is stretching for a chipped ball into the left-hand side of the box but does brilliantly to head it back into a dangerous area.
From there, Salah swerves a defender before finishing emphatically with his right foot.
He's deserved that goal.
So, so close to seven.
Mane slips Alexander-Arnold in behind with a beauty of a pass but Sturridge can only divert the Scouser's square over the bar from close range.
Coutinho chips a ball over the top for Sturridge but the striker is beaten to it by an alert Selikhov.
The Kop want a penalty but it would have been generous.
Liverpool 6-0 Spartak Moscow (Mane)
What a way to warm up for the Merseyside derby!
Salah drives at the Spartak defence before playing in Sturridge, who puts the ball across the box for Mane to (just about) divert the ball home.
That wasn't an easy finish given the pass was slightly behind him.
Promes controls the ball and whistles a shot just past Karius' goal.
That'll be his last action, with the Dutchman replaced by Samedov immediately after.
Roberto Firmino gets a well-earned rest, the Brazilian replaced by Daniel Sturridge.
Six goals in six appearances for the Reds' No.9 this season.
Fernando goes into the book after tackling Milner from behind.
Georgi Dzhikiya making way for Spartak, with Mario Pasalic his replacement.
And the Reds make their second change, Dejan Lovren being replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Liverpool 5-0 Spartak Moscow (Coutinho hat-trick)
What a night for Philippe Coutinho.
The No.10 is teed up for a shot on his left foot just inside the box and his effort takes a deflection that wrong-foots Selikhov and takes the ball in.
Thankfully, there's no doubt over where the ball was heading before the diversion and so the Brazilian has his first Liverpool hat-trick.
Liverpool 4-0 Spartak Moscow (Mane)
Goodness me, what a hit.
Milner gets in down the left-hand side and chips the ball up to the back post where Mane produces an unstoppable volley.
That didn't take long at all.
Liverpool get us back under way and are attacking the Kop end this half.
On a hat-trick...
The story of the half
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Liverpool 3-0 Spartak Moscow
A blistering start to the first half gives the Reds a big half-time lead at Anfield.
Two goals from Coutinho and a further strike from Firmino inside the first 20 minutes did the damage, with the only downside coming in Moreno's withdrawal due to injury.
Moreno comes back onto the pitch but his return lasts less than a minute.
The No.18 is down again and he will need to make way, with Milner set to replace him
Alberto Moreno receiving treatment on the pitch after twisting his ankle in a challenge.
Hopefully nothing serious for the Spaniard.
So close to four.
Firmino rolls his man in midfield and plays in Salah, who produces a beautiful first-time flick to get Mane away.
Unfortunately, the Senegalese's shot is way over the bar - that would've been some goal.
Another rapid break from Liverpool ends in Coutinho running onto a Salah pass ready to pull the trigger.
But the No.10 looks to be impeded in winding up for the strike just outside the visitors' box.
Unfortunately, the referee isn't moved to award a free-kick, and on replays that appears to be the correct decision.
Liverpool 3-0 Spartak Moscow (Firmino)
It's three already!
Mane pounces on a loose touch near the Spartak box and, though a defender cuts out the winger's chipped cross, he only succeeds in diverting the ball to Firmino.
The No.11 does the rest from close range and puts the Reds firmly in charge.
Liverpool 2-0 Spartak Moscow (Coutinho)
He's done it again and this time in some style.
What football from the Reds as Mane, Salah and Firmino combine at pace before the latter rolls the ball across the box for Coutinho to divert it home with his left foot.
Breathtaking football from the hosts.
Spartak get the opportunity to break and work the ball into space at the edge of the box where Luiz Adriano is waiting.
The No.12 gets a shot away, but Loris Karius is always comfortable enough in making a save down to his right.
It's worth noting that Dzhikiya received a yellow card for his part in the penalty.
And Emre Can follows him into the book now for an overenthusiastic challenge in midfield; the German will miss the Reds' next European fixture as a result.
Liverpool 1-0 Spartak Moscow (Coutinho pen)
The Brazilian steps up, waits for the goalkeeper to dive to his right and sidefoots the ball into the other corner of the net.
A perfect start.
Penalty to Liverpool!
Coutinho swings a cross into the box and Dzhikiya thumps into the back of a jumping Salah.
The home fans call for a spot-kick... and the referee agrees.
Spartak Moscow get the game under way.
A rousing rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone and then it's into that famous Champions League theme.
If Liverpool don't get the right result tonight, that'll be the last time they hear the latter this season. No margin for error!
Not long now
The players head in after their warm-up to a round of applause from Anfield, which is filling up nicely with 15 minutes to go until kick-off.
The boss has called for a big atmosphere tonight - this famous ground rarely lets you down.
The Reds arrive...
Inside the home dressing room
This is what awaits Jürgen Klopp and co when they arrive...
25 - Only PSG (25) have scored more goals than Liverpool (16) in the Champions League this season. Dynamic.— OptaJoe (OptaJoe) 6th Dec 18:57
Five changes for #LFC tonight - but why? Jürgen Klopp explains: https://t.co/oDTCSTt3HP https://t.co/QqkMRM4oVe— LFC (Liverpool FC) 6th Dec 18:46
Spartak Moscow 14/1
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🔥🔥🔥 А вот и наш состав на матч! #UСL #ChampionsLeague #LiverpoolSpartak #ЛиверпульСпартак https://t.co/3Nu4oksnue— fcsm_official (FC Spartak Moscow) 6th Dec 18:34
Karius, Gomez, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Mignolet, Milner, Henderson, Sturridge, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke, Alexander-Arnold.
Philippe Coutinho captains the Reds this evening.
The last time...
...Spartak Moscow visited Anfield was back in October 2002 for a Champions League group-stage tie.
Liverpool ran out 5-0 winners that night, with goals coming from Emile Heskey (2), Bruno Cheyrou, Sami Hyypia and Salif Diao.
A similar outcome tonight wouldn't be bad, would it?
Anfield is ready...
Free live audio commentary of tonight's game
Remember, you can listen to live audio commentary of LFC v Spartak on this website.
For tonight's match v Spartak Moscow you may notice the officers on duty wearing baseball caps and not the traditio… https://t.co/acN43kDScT— MerPolLFC (MerPol Liverpool FC) 6th Dec 10:04
Advice to @LFC and @fcsm_official fans ahead of tonight's game at Anfield. #LFC #UCL #LiverpoolSpartak https://t.co/03THszPwrz— MerseyPolice (Merseyside Police) 6th Dec 15:21
November was a fruitful period for the Reds, but what gets your vote for Goal of the Month?
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Full-time at Prenton Park
And it finished 2-0 to our U19s, with Curtis Jones and George Johnston on the mark.
A few reminders ahead of tonight's match at Anfield...
- Fans should arrive at the stadium for tonight’s match in plenty of time.
- Make sure you allow enough time for any necessary security checks which may include random searches.
- Bringing bags to the stadium is actively discouraged. However, fans arriving at the stadium with a small personal bag (i.e. handbag/medical bag) should expect this to be searched and tagged before entry.
- Bringing a bag may delay your entry and in some cases may lead to non-entry to the stadium.
- Please do not bring large bags or luggage (such as rucksacks/briefcases/suitcases/suit bags etc.) to Anfield as they cannot be brought into the stadium.
- Fans should arrive at the stadium for tonight’s match in plenty of time.
- Plan your route in advance. Liverpool FC, Merseytravel and transport operators have been working together to help make matchday travel more convenient for supporters heading to the stadium - getting to the game via public transport will be easier.
- Only vehicles displaying with a valid smartcard or permit, or fans with a pre-booked pass for LFC operated car parks will be allowed to park in the Anfield area on a matchday.
- Road closure times will also be in operation prior to kick-off (90 minutes Walton Breck Road and 4hrs Anfield Road).
- For more travel information, please click here.
Over at Prenton Park, where Steven Gerrard's U19s - who have already secured top spot in Group E of the UEFA Youth League - are playing Spartak.
A dominant first-half display means the young Reds lead 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Curtis Jones and George Johnston.
If you're in the UK, you can watch the second half live on LFCTV GO
Speaking of the matchday programme...
Here's a sneak peak of its cover:
And words from the skipper...
Jordan Henderson, meanwhile, uses his own notes to label tonight's clash a 'cup final'.
"Our situation is good, of course it is. We are top of the group, our destiny is in our own hands, we’re at home and we haven’t lost in the competition yet, despite facing really strong teams," writes the captain.
"We have to treat this game – players, staff and supporters – as the most important of the season."
Words from the boss...
In his programme notes, Jürgen Klopp has called for all connected with LFC to harness their collective power to ensure the Reds are involved in the last 16.
"This is not about pressure - this is about opportunity. I want everyone inside Anfield with a beating red heart to embrace this opportunity. We have done so before. We did it in the final game of last season when we knew we had to beat Middlesbrough to qualify for the Champions League. We did it back in August against Hoffenheim when we needed to reach the actual group stages. And tonight there is another big job to do," he writes.
Sadio Mane joined Jürgen Klopp on pre-match media duties at Anfield on Tuesday.
Catch up with their press conferences now in the Youtube video below...
Take a look at how things are looking in the group, and how the two teams compare in this season's Champions League, below...
Good morning and welcome to our live blog on a huge day of Champions League football here in Liverpool.
The Reds host Spartak Moscow at Anfield this evening needing a draw to book their place in the last 16. A win for Jürgen Klopp's team will seal top spot in Group E, while Spartak need a victory to stand any chance of reaching the knockout rounds.
Whatever way you look at it, there's so much at stake!