Murphy added that he believes Coutinho will leave, providing Liverpool get encouragement regarding their own transfer targets, which are more difficult to acquire in the mid-season window.
And it was a proper performance from his side, stand-in skipper Philippe Coutinho inspiring an irresistible 7-0 victory.
And then five. And then six... "Thankfully it worked and that's what we will do again".
After the break, Mane's acrobatic volley extended the hosts' advantage before Coutinho secured his hat-trick with a deflected effort.
Liverpool handed out another huge defeat as they fired their way into the Champions League group stage. Daniel Sturridge was introduced, and quickly provided the assist for Mane who stabbed home the square to make it six for Liverpool. That is not taking a lot away from Liverpool because the goals were great.
"Their defence was never really tested but I still think they are potential winners of this tournament", Duff said.
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The only bit of bad news relates to Moreno, who may miss the game against Everton after colliding with Roman Zobnin, although the Liverpool Echo reported that the Spaniard may be fit in time for the game if luck is on his side. The difference was that the captain played the full 90 minutes of both games 14 years ago, while he did not rise from the bench this time around.
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane (two) and Mohamed Salah scored the other goals as Liverpool won 7-0 for the second time in Group E and topped it by three points from second-place Sevilla. But some players have always been immune, captains chief among them. Mane volleyed in a cross from substitute James Milner, and Coutinho completed his hat-trick after weaving his way down the left with help from Firmino, finding the goal via a deflection off Salvatore Bocchetti. This year is quite special.
Madrid was in control throughout the match on Wednesday, but Dortmund threatened in counterattacks with its speedy forwards. Much of the pre-game discussion centered around Henderson, but he had become an afterthought amidst the post-game celebrations.
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