Coutinho - Captaining the Liverpool team feels so special - FCNaija

Champions League By: Uche Duru | 07/12/2017

Liverpool hat-trick hero, Philippe Coutinho has described captaining the Liverpool team as at Anfield as "special" after the Brazillian led The Reds to a 7-0 victory with a hat-trick in the Champions League. It was his first ever hat-trick for Liverpool.

Coutinho took the captain responsibility from Jordan Henderson who watched the match from the bench as Liverpool humiliated their Russian visitors, Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.

"It was a very special night. I was very happy with my goals and the performance," Coutinho who scored a hat-trick against Spartak Moscow told

"It was special to be captain - I think it was my first time here.

"We can face some big teams in the next round, but we'll see who we're drawn against."

Sadio Mane bagged a brace, while Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah were also on target in the demolition as Liverpool won Group E, three points ahead of Sevilla.

But Coutinho was the name on everyone's lips post-match, including team-mate Emre Can.

"It was a brilliant performance. It was important to score early, but we did very well after that," Can said.

"Philippe Coutinho was outstanding. He’s such an important player for us, but all our attackers did well tonight."