By the numbers: Scoring savant Liverpool leads the way

If Tuesday’s Champions League slate was short on attacking, Wednesday’s offerings were blessed by a litany of tallies as 33 goals were bagged across eight group-stage finales.

Seven-goal Liverpool was unplayable, Porto put a five-spot on slumping Monaco, and Roberto Firmino and Cristiano Ronaldo set individual standards for proficiency in front of goal.

Naturally, it was a matchday rife with compelling statistics, and here’s a look at a baker’s dozen from an unrelentingly exciting day on the continent.

1: Gabriel Jesus finally lost his first competitive match for Manchester City courtesy of the shock 2-1 defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk.

3: Philippe Coutinho‘s hat-trick was his first treble for Liverpool since joining the Merseyside club from Inter in 2013.

4: For the first time since 2006-07, four English clubs won their respective Champions League groups.

5: By virtue of Liverpool’s victory over a lifeless Spartak Moscow, the Reds join Tottenham, City, Manchester United, and Chelsea in the last-16, marking the first time five clubs from the same country have made the knockouts.

6: Dental deity Firmino’s six goals at this stage is …read more