A hat-trick from Philippe Coutinho, a brace from Sadio Mane and singles from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah ensured Liverpool topped Group E in style. The same scoreline as in Sevilla but surely Liverpool wouldn't fold again?
As the 50th minute arrived on the scoreboard so did the 5th goal.
Up stepped Captain (for the night) Coutinho to coolly dispatch the penalty. 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. Credit to the Dutch side, they found a leveller on the half-hour mark from the head of Danish striker Nicolai Jørgensen.
A day after CSKA Moscow was eliminated with a loss at United, city rival Spartak needed a win elsewhere in the northwest of England to have a chance to advancing.
Porto eased into the last sixteen with a compressive 5-2 win over Monaco.
Sam Allardyce has left the bulk of his kept the bulk of his first-team at Finch Farm, giving little credence to Everton's Europa League dead rubber against Apollon Limassol, but Jurgen Klopp cannot afford that luxury. In freezing temperatures, the Spanish side started poorly but recovered after the interval and equalized through Ganso to clinch the runner-up spot.
"This underlines Liverpool's strengths and their weakness wasn't tested, their defence".
With the victory, Porto finished ssecond place to Turkish champions, Besiktas, who ended RB Leipzig's hopes by beating them 2-1 in Germany.
"We are just happy that we go to the next round and we are still in the competition".
Madrid had already guaranteed second place behind Group H winner Tottenham, which defeated APOEL 3-0 at Wembley Stadium to reach 16 points.
The transfer window is the last thing Liverpool need if their resolve is to hang onto him, but they have had months to plan for this eventuality, and should have established a clear plan to sign replacements if they decide to sell.
Aubameyang equalized early in the second half with a shot over Keylor Navas after his initial attempt was stopped by the Madrid goalkeeper.