Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho (centre) celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side's fifth goal during the Champions League soccer match against Spartak Moscow at Anfield, Liverpool, England. | Photo Credit: APmore-inFour months after asking to leave Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho scored a hat trick wearing the captain’s armband to propel the club into the Champions League knockout stage on a record-setting night for English soccer. Coutinho started the season in dispute with Liverpool, which refused to sell him to Barcelona following repeated bids by the Spanish team in August. This win its second 7-0 in the group stage saw Liverpool top Group E and become the fifth English team to qualify for the last 16. Liverpool had failed to score its last four penalties at Anfield, including attempts by Firmino and James Milner in the Champions League.
Source: The Hindu December 07, 2017 01:17 UTC