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Ex-Reds star Owen: Liverpool's 2013/14 attack better than Klopp's

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Alejandro Castrejon | Diciembre 07, 2017, 09:44

"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".

"This is the most joyful press conference of my career", the Portuguese Fonseca told amused reporters at the Metalist Stadium.

"We all know how special this can be in specific moments, and that's what I'm looking for". Just minutes into the game Georgi Dzhikiya pulled down Mohamed Salah as Coutinho drifted a ball into the area.

Half time was a welcome break for the Muscovites, but their torment was to resume in the second half.

"At the back, there are question marks over the goalkeeper and there's not too much about to say them".

If the night was great for Liverpool it went from bad to worse for Spartak, who saw provider turn scorer in Firmino only two minutes on from the second goal as he made it three for the Reds, with a delicate prod of the outside of his boot all before the 20-minute mark.

Manchester City fell to their first defeat in the Champions League this season, losing 2-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk.

The second was an agile reach back to tap a mishit pass into the goal, while the first was this acrobatic rocket volley that threatened to tear through the net. The Brazilian scored a hat-trick and was sublime throughout, having four shots, creating two chances, and enjoying a perfect 100 touches.

Porto eased into the last sixteen with a compressive 5-2 win over Monaco.

But the plaudits here go to Klopp's attack, and to Coutinho in particular.

Turkish side Besitkas, which won 2-1 away to Leipzig, finished top of Group G with 14 points. The Turkish side took a tenth-minute lead from the penalty spot courtesy of Alvaro Negredo.

Tottenham eased past bottom of the group APOEL with a comprehensive 3-0 victory.

Meanwhile, England has become the first country to have five teams in the knockout stage of the Champions League after Liverpool completed a sweep for Premier League clubs with a 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow. Klopp has rotated his squad seamlessly this season and if he cannot trust his captain in such a crucial game, he has earned the right to make such "difficult decisions".