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Seven goal Reds Phil their boots


By Carl Markham

Philippe Coutinho's first Liverpool hat-trick in a 7-0 Anfield demolition of Spartak Moscow left Reds manager Jurgen Klopp insisting his side can challenge for Champions League glory.

Liverpool emphatically claimed their place in the knockout stages, topping their group along with Tottenham, 3-0 winners over Apoel of Cyprus, and Manchester City, whose understrength side, with an eye on Sunday's derby, lost their first match in 29, going down 2-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine.

Klopp said: "If we perform like this then it is obviously a threat, 100 per cent."

Liverpool will avoid the likes of PSG, Barcelona and Roma but could still land Bayern Munich, Juventus or Real Madrid in Monday's draw.

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