Klopp gets reward as 'Fab Four' smash Spartak 7-0

Klopp gets reward as 'Fab Four' smash Spartak 7-0

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 unsafe cross was cleared. They have a quartet which is now equal to Barca's own illustrious forward line in its potency, if not greater. I didn't like that as a player, I wanted to play every game, especially as captain, you want to be the first name on the team-sheet. And who knows how far Coutinho can take the team in Europe's top competition this season?

Liverpool's early onslaught began from the spot, Coutinho coolly sending the goalkeeper the wrong way after Salah had been dragged down by Giorgi Jikia. He took the captain's armband from Coutinho. Sadio Mane bagged a brace, while Roberto Firmino and Mohamad Salah snagged one apiece.

And Manchester United legend Keane reckons we are yet to see what Reds are made of, claiming "they've beaten nobody" since a 4-0 win over Arsenal in August.

Few have been able to out-score Liverpool in this year's competition, with only Paris Saint-Germain now able to boast superiority to Liverpool's cumulative group stage tally of 23.

But is such an approach capable of working against the top teams in the Premier League? Their most direct threats in Luiz Adriano and Quincy Promes struggled to end a win-less run on their continental travels which has now stretched to an 11th successive game.

Despite a period of settled play from Spartak - including a moment which saw Joe Gomez and Loris Karius collide some 40 yards from Liverpool's goal - it was Liverpool who had the chance to increase the goal tally when Mane went through in the 36th minute. The same scoreline as in Sevilla but surely Liverpool wouldn't fold again?

Klopp insists he has no preferred opponents and predicted a Real Madrid tie. It is the first time a country has had five representatives in the Champions League knockout stage, signaling a revival by the English after a period of underachievement since Chelsea was European champion in 2012.

They now have every reason to believe that history will repeat itself for a third time.