It was a raucous night at Anfield. Scoring seven goals against any team is a major feat, but to do it in the UCL to win qualification to the knockout stages is unprecedented. Philippe Coutinho captained the side and the Brazilian was in fine form — bagging a hat-trick.
Nine games unbeaten. Thirty-two goals scored, and six conceded. Fourth in the league and winners of their Champion’s League group. It’s a very fine time to be a Red on Merseyside.
The Road to Glory
Having finished fourth in the league last season, meant that a play-off round needed to be played to qualify for the group stages proper. The draw was rather unkind to the Reds though, matching the Merseysiders with Hoffenheim. The two legged draw was tightly fought, but Liverpool emerged victorious.
The group stages started with a visit from Sevilla — a match-up which echoed the disappointment of European glory two years prior. Again, Liverpool were frustrated by the Spanish club, drawing 2-2 with ten men on the pitch. Their visit to Moscow didn’t pan out any better, with the travelling Kop having to settle for another point.
The big turnaround in Liverpool’s European form came in the way of a trip to Maribor. The Reds ran riot in Slovenia and even got their names into the record book for biggest ever European away win. The reverse at Anfield was next up and ended with another 3-0 emphatic win for the Reds. This, of course was followed up by a humiliating collapse at Sevilla which ended in 3-3 draw.
In the end, the best team got the top spot and the football on offer lends credence to the argument that Liverpool could find success in Europe come the end of the season — especially if the defense can sort itself out.
Big European Nights to Come
The UCL group stage draw will be broadcast on Monday, December 11th at 12:00 CET. Having topped Group E, Liverpool can face one of the following teams:
While, the pragmatic supporters would be hoping for an easier tie against the likes of Porto, Basel or Shakhtar Donetsk — Liverpool will have to contend with one of the heavy-weights listed above at some point in the competition. Big clashes under the lights of Anfield have been few and far between in recent memory, so some will be relishing a match-up against a Real Madrid come February.