Israel international Yossi Benayoun scored a hat-trick as Liverpool, winners of the Champions League in 2005, kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the knock-out stages of this season's competition by thrashing Besiktas 8-0 at Anfield on Tuesday.
The scoreline was a Champions League record, beating 7-0 scorelines by Arsenal against Slavia Prague last month and Juventus against Olympiakos in December 2003.
After failing to win any of their opening three games in Group A, Liverpool could not afford to drop any more points against the Turkish club, who had beaten them 2-1 in Istanbul last month.
But that never looked likely once Peter Crouch and Benayoun had scored in the first half to pave the way for a torrent of goals after the break.
Benayoun added two more and as Besiktas crumbled, further goals from captain Steven Gerrard, substitute Ryan Babel, with two, and Crouch again emphatically revived Liverpool's chances of catching Porto or Marseille for a top two place in the group. ( Reuters )