Not to jinx anything but Liverpool are looking pretty good!
The Reds were in a must-win situation heading into tonight’s game against Spartak Moscow to close out the Champions League group stages. While they were all but guaranteed a berth in the knockout rounds, it wasn’t assured, and there was still seeding to play for.
Philippe Coutinho had already gotten Liverpool on the board in the opening minutes after converting a penalty. Barely ten minutes later, he got his— and Liverpool’s— second. With Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino leading a counterattack, Coutinho trailed behind on the left-hand side, evading the notice of Spartak defenders. When Firmino laid the ball off not to Salah but Coutinho, the opposition were caught flat-footed. Coutinho sauntered into the box unchallenged, collected the pass, and hit his shot into a wide-open section of the net.