FC Porto 0-5 Liverpool: 5 Talking Points

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 15, 2018

It was one-way traffic in Portugal as Liverpool smashed Porto 5-0 thanks to a Sadio Mane hat-trick to all but secure a berth in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Senegal worldwide Mane has endured a roller-coaster season after being sent off at Manchester City and then getting an injury but after struggling in recent weeks he appears to have found some goalscoring form at least. The Italian champions had conceded just one goal in their previous 16 games before Tuesday's match, and had not conceded in 2018 until Harry Kane rounded Gianluigi Buffon to score.

There was still time for Mane to complete his hat-trick and effectively end any hopes Porto had of a second-leg recovery, with Liverpool's progression looking assured already.

Mane said: "It was important to play as a team and we did, we played great football from the beginning".

It was put to Klopp that no-one fancied the Reds side which won in Istanbul in 2005 after scraping through the group stage with a last-gasp win over Olympiacos. "There is another leg at Anfield to finish the job off, so there is a lot we need to do to improve, but [Porto] was a good step".

Carragher admits that it has been too long since England have had it so good in Europe's elite competition and feels they should have at least two or three teams in the semi-finals this season. "We knew we would create more chances if we could find the space and we managed to do that".

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The hosts ultimately became the latest side unable to cope with Liverpool's pace on the counter-attack.

The forward is on a quite incredible run of goalscoring form that shows no sign of slowing down.

"Porto are top of the league".

After Milner's shot from distance bounced back off the post, Salah took one touch to lift the rebound beyond the reach of the goalkeeper, cushioned the ball on to his left foot with a calm header and slotted the ball home between a defender and the keeper.

Mohamed Salah brought up his 30th goal of a remarkable season with a brilliantly instinctive individual effort and Roberto Firmino was also on target but Mane, who has endured a roller-coaster season after being sent off at Manchester City and then getting injury, was the man who got the praise.

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