Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool’s formidable attacking quartet will strike fear throughout the Champions League after his team swept into the last 16 with a 7-0 destruction of Spartak Moscow.
Philippe Coutinho, with the first hat-trick of his Anfield career, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah scored as Liverpool struck seven without reply for the second time in the group campaign.
Victory ensured Klopp’s side advanced into the knockout phase as group winners and means the Premier League has five clubs in the last 16 of the competition for the first time.
It also made Liverpool the highest scoring English team in a Champions League group campaign, the second highest ever, and Klopp admitted the attacking prowess of Coutinho, Mané, Salah and Firmino would intimidate every team in Europe providing it is maintained.
“If we perform like this, if we are that clinical, then yes we can [strike fear into opponents],” said the Liverpool manager, who also oversaw a 7-0 win away in Maribor. “But we had the same players before and they didn’t score and then it is not that we talk like this. That is not a criticism of the past. If we perform like this then we are a threat, 100%. And if you see how Dom Solanke performed at Stoke, how Daniel Sturridge performed when he came on tonight – he could have scored two or three and he made a goal for Sadio – that’s good.”