Jurgen Klopp in agreement with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte over Champions League

Jurgen Klopp in agreement with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte over Champions League

Fernando Llorente opened the scoring with his first goal for Spurs since joining from Swansea in the summer.

It started just four minutes in as Mohamed Salah was brought down in the area for a penalty.

"I am at Liverpool and I always do my best when I have the opportunity to play, respecting the jersey and the supporters", he said in a recent interview.

While the usual suspects were always favourites to win-Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi having dominated the landscape of the footballing world over the last decade-the Reds having two attackers in the running was testament to the exciting offensive football on show at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp's side finished top of group E after a magnificent victory which saw them break a 19-year record, previously held by Manchester United, for the most goals scored by a British club in the Champions League group stages. Naive defending put paid to those hopes and Coutinho was Liverpool's conductor. Roberto Firmino also enjoyed his evening, assisting on Coutinho's second and then getting a goal himself for Liverpool's third.

Pressure was building on the hosts heading into the game, with the knowledge that a Spartak win would likely see Liverpool miss out on qualification had Sevilla beat UEFA Champions League Group E whipping boys Maribor.

Spartak coach Massimo Carrera delivered a damning assessment of his team's display. Yet this was the fourth league or Champions League game Henderson has been rested for despite being fit and available this season.

Coutinho added another two minutes later, latching onto another Milner cross and firing another left-footed effort in via a Spartak defender to make the score an astounding 5-0 by the 50th minute. Daniel Sturridge was introduced, and quickly provided the assist for Mane who stabbed home the square to make it six for Liverpool. 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. It was once unfathomable that a Liverpool captain would not start a game of such magnitude; it was once unfathomable that a Liverpool captain would not be good enough to. Even so, there's no doubt they have given themselves a better chance of progressing deeper into the tournament having clinched top spot, with Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona both lurking as possibilities had they slipped up and finished second and fewer alternatives to help avoid the big fish.

"I don't think it's very often you can face Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in the last 16 if you win the group. That's what they will try and find out".