first_imgUEFA Champions League Memorable night of firsts for Coutinho in Liverpool rout Ben Valentine @bvalentine14 Last updated 1 year ago 05:55 12/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho Robert Firmino Mohamed Salah Liverpool Clive Brunskill/Getty Images UEFA Champions League Liverpool Philippe Coutinho Liverpool v Spartak Moskva Spartak Moskva The Brazilian playmaker made a little history at Anfield while also managing a first for the club in a 7-0 rout of Spartak Moscow Philippe Coutinho’s night against Spartak Moscow could hardly have gone better — it started with an Anfield record and resulted in a memorable first for the attacker.With Liverpool needing a result to secure qualification into the knock-out stages, Coutinho picked up his first-ever Liverpool hat-trick in a 7-0 win in the Champions League Group E finale.It started just four minutes in as Mohamed Salah was brought down in the area for a penalty. Coutinho stepped up and converted the spot-kick — the fastest goal ever scored at Anfield in a Champions League match. 3:51 – Philippe Coutinho’s penalty was Liverpool’s fastest goal in a Champions League game at Anfield. Rapid.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 6, 2017Coutinho notched Liverpool’s second not long after, completing a nice team move by sliding a pass from Robert Firmino past the keeper and inside the far post. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Brazilian’s night got even better early in the second half when he scored once more off a deflection to complete his hat-trick, his first in a Liverpool shirt, and the Reds’ fifth on the evening. 3 – Philippe Coutinho has scored his first ever hat-trick for Liverpool in all competitions. Sublime.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 6, 2017Coutinho wasn’t the only Brazilian to have himself a night. Roberto Firmino also enjoyed his evening, assisting on Coutinho’s second and then getting a goal himself for Liverpool’s third.Firmino’s goal was the sixth of this year’s group stage. That mark is the most a Liverpool player has scored in the group stage. 6 – Roberto Firmino has scored six goals in the Champions League this season, the most by a Liverpool player in a single group stage campaign in the competition. Stage.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 6, 2017The victory means Liverpool win the group and will head to the Champions League knock-out stages for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img

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