Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Ronaldo & Neymar help set Champions League group stage goals record

Ronaldo & Neymar help set Champions League group stage goals record

Mane produced a superb volley and tumbling tap-in to sandwich Coutinho's deflected shot for his treble - the first by a Liverpool player in the Champions League since Yossi Benayoun in 2007 - before top scorer Mohamed Salah scored his 18th of the season late on.

"This is another one where I see the home crowd getting to the visitors and I think Liverpool will pick them off when they get desperate and come out". We've seen what they can do in 20 minutes.

"Antonio Conte (Chelsea manager) said it yesterday there are no easy opponents and I don't think anyone is happy when they get us in the draw".

Jurgen Klopp dropped the biggest hint yet that his talisman Philippe Coutinho would not be making the move to Barcelona by handing the Brazilian the captain's armband in the absence of regular skipper Jordan Henderson. "We have enough time and we will be prepared for that game [Everton]". I didn't like that as a player, I wanted to play every game, especially as captain, you want to be the first name on the team-sheet.

The 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.

"They've got people with pace, they all score goals".


Dortmund equalized with two goals by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, one in each half, but Lucas Vazquez got the victor in the 81st minute at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Mane pounced on a poor touch in midfield, and his cross into the box fell at the feet of Firmino who made no mistake.

After leaving goals and points on the table throughout their Champions League run, Liverpool clicked into high gear when they needed to, demolishing Spartak Moscow, securing a first place finish, and advancing to the knockout rounds.

The Ukranian side finished ahead of Napoli who lost 2-1 at Feyenoord.

"That is to make two or three changes every game and rotate and freshen the team up".

Their relentless, fast paced, clinical attack was now supported by a clean sheet at the back, and though their opposition didn't offer much on the night, it's worth remembering that Spartak were able to put five past Sevilla in an earlier match-day.

But Keane believes Klopp's men have not been provided with a challenge so far. Over two legs, they can beat anyone.

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