The media praised Liverpool’s attacking play in the 7-0 rout of Spartak Moscow and believe the Reds took another step in development by reaching the last-16.

A sensational performance of attacking football confirmed the Reds’ place in the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2009.

A hat-trick from Philippe Coutinho, brace from Sadio Mane and strikes apiece for Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah did the damage as the ‘Fab Four’ produced a stunning display.

The victory saw Liverpool remarkably hit seven goals for the second time in this season’s group stage to seal progression as Group E winners.

It was a magnificent performance from the Reds who more than held their nerve on what could have been a tense night, and it was the perfect preparation for Sunday’s Merseyside derby showdown.

Here’s how the media assessed a sensational night at Anfield.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the sixth goal with team-mates during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The media reflected on a big result for the Reds – and for more than just the score-line

Melissa Reddy, for, felt the result still flattered Spartak Moscow:

Their gifts, so varied and in sync, meant the almightily impressive scoreline was still flattering for the visitors. It could have been more and it would have been deserved.

The Telegraph’s Jason Burt hailed reaching the last-16 is a “significant landmark” for Klopp’s developing side:

More importantly, for Liverpool, it is the first time they have reached the Champions League group stages since…

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