Liverpool have qualified for the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League for the first time since in a decade with a 7-0 demolition of Russian outfit Spartak Moscow. With Jordan Henderson on the bench Phillipe Coutinho wore the captain’s arm band and led by example with three goals, Sadio Mane grabbed, while Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah also found the back of the net. You only have to go back to October to find Liverpool’s last seven-goal thrashing, which also occurred in the Champions League against Maribor and helped them make a little bit of history.
Liverpool set 10 records in the aforementioned win over Maribor, and they can now add another to the list. Their seven goals against Spartak saw them finish the Group Stage with 23 goals which is the most by an English team in the Champions League’s current format.
Eight players contributed to goals with Brazilian Firmino leading the way with six, followed closely by Coutinho and Salah on five. Senegalese winger Sadio Mane scored three while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Emre Can, and Daniel Sturridge scored one each.
They didn’t just set a new record, as you’ll see below, they smashed it, including the one they set 10 years ago.
- Liverpool 23 (2017-18)
- Arsenal 18 (2016-17)
- Manchester City 18 (2013-14)
- Arsenal and Tottenham 18 (2010-11)
- Liverpool 18 (2007-18)
- Chelsea 15 (2014-15)
- Manchester United 14 (2004-05)
- Chelsea 13 (2015-16)
- Chelsea 13 (2011-12)
- Manchester United 13 (2003-04)
- Arsenal 12 (2009-10)
- Arsenal and Liverpool 11 (2008-09)
- Liverpool 11 (2006-07)
- Arsenal 10 (2012-13)
- Arsenal 10 (2005-06)
Jurgen Klopp’s men will be looking to avoid Bayern Munich, Juventus, and Real Madrid in the Round of 16 but in the form they’re in there won’t be too many teams they’ll fear.
Most goals by teams from Top 5 European leagues in 2017-18 (all competitions):
62 Man City, Liverpool
54 Man Utd, Barcelona
53 Real Madrid
52 Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) December 6, 2017
Goals scored by Liverpool’s front four this season:
🇪🇬 Mohamed Salah – 18
🇧🇷 Roberto Firmino – 12
🇧🇷 Philippe Coutinho – 9
🇸🇳 Sadio Mané – 7 pic.twitter.com/x2nkBBCBzz
— Footy Jokes (@Footy_Jokes) December 6, 2017