Jürgen Klopp believes that Liverpool have returned to the elite of European football after their 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow on Wednesday evening.

Phillipe Coutinho netted a hat-trick whilst Sadio Mané grabbed a brace and there were further goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah as the Reds ran riot at Anfield.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho Correia during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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After securing their place as Group E winners, Klopp told BT Sport that his side are again rubbing shoulders with the very best teams in the world.

He said: “After a long time, Liverpool are back. Liverpool are here again. I love this type of news. It was a super impressive display – nobody thought this was happen.”

“Spartak are a really good side but we opened the game in a really good way, from this moment on we were not to defend anymore. It was a really nice night at Anfield. I have nothing to moan about tonight – it’s all good!”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Liverpool’s captain Philippe Coutinho Correia celebrates scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Coutinho opened the scoring after 3 minutes and 51 seconds, which was the quickest ever Champions League goal by a Liverpool player at Anfield.

Coutinho led by example by doubling the Reds lead before Firmino made it 3-0 after just 18 minutes, and Klopp was anxious not to repeat what happened against Sevilla in their last European game.

“An early goal really helps – I told the boys at half-time – people will think we have it already but we have to learn from our mistakes and keep on going,” Klopp added.

“We used the space, we played brilliant football – it was nice to watch to be honest!”

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

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Klopp made five changes from the side that brushed aside Brighton with Mané the key figure returning to the starting line-up.

The Liverpool boss revealed he changed the system again today and heaped praise on another of those changes, goalkeeper Loris Karius.

“We changed the system a little bit tonight with 4-4-1-1 it was a little bit easier, the boys covered unbelievably big spaces – we defended really well.”

“Loris Karius had a brilliant performance – he didn’t have a lot to do but what he did do was fantastic.”

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