A performance of stunning ruthlessness saw Liverpool run out as a 5-0 winner in its UEFA Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with FC Porto on Wednesday at Estadio do Dragao.
Sadio Mane was the headline act for the Reds — the No.19 notching a brilliant hat-trick — while Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino also got on the scoresheet, as Jurgen Klopp’s team took a huge step toward the quarterfinals.
Mane and Salah, who reached the landmark of 30 goals for the season with a piece of breath-taking improvisation, struck before the half-hour mark to put Liverpool in charge.
And evidently not content with a two-goal lead to defend at Anfield next month, the Reds went on to add three more after the break.
Mane and Firmino both rounded off rapier-like forward thrusts with aplomb, before the Senegalese rifled home his third of the evening from distance with five minutes remaining.
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