Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Sadio Mane bursts back into life with first Liverpool hat-trick

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hailed a flawless performance as Liverpool thumped Porto 5-0 to nearly confirm a Champion League quarter-final place. You could say that of course. "Honestly, it was not an easy game even if we scored five".

"Porto are a very good side".

Sadio Mane's hat-trick and lone efforts from Salah and Roberto Firmino gave the Merseyside outfit a first-leg advantage in their round of 16 clash with the Portuguese top-flight club.

The German coach hailed his star forwards' determination, after his team pressed an outclassed Porto into submission.

The first one, when Dejan [Lovren] won the ball and Sadio can shoot at the end, the second goal was a nice finish from Mo, and the third was fantastic play on the counter attack.

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Liverpool were a threat all over the pitch, with Andrew Robertson impressing again at left-back and midfielder James Milner's tireless running adding to the dynamism of the front three. "Of course Sadio [Mane] is man of the match but Roberto Firmino's work rate was outstanding again". "We played great football from the beginning to the end", said the former Salzburg and Southampton player.

While Salah has starred, hat-trick hero Mane has been unable to reach top form so far this season, but he showed signs of his best against Porto.

Who better to be dish out goal-scoring advice than a man who mustered a grand total of five goal in nearly 750 appearances for Liverpool.

"We didn't have a good day against very strong, efficient opponents who were able to score at key moments", admitted the 43-year-old.

Liverpool continued to thrive in the "bold citrus" ensemble with commanding Premier League victories over West Ham United and Stoke City, scoring four goals at the London Stadium and three at the bet365. "We were too passive, usually we are better in the duels".

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