Liverpool put five past Porto as Real beat PSG 3-1

The Dutch centre-back said the one-club man was welcome to step into the home dressing room saying “Then he can see if I need to lose some weight!”

The Dutch centre-back said the one-club man was welcome to step into the home dressing room saying “Then he can see if I need to lose some weight!”

Mane is just the second Liverpool player to score a Champions League hat-trick away from home, following in the footsteps of Michael Owen, who did it twice. "We were too passive, usually we are better in the duels".

Time and time again, they have been exposed by their inability to see out a game and secure a win - particularly in this competition's group stages.

Playing in the last 16 of the competition for the first time in nine years, Liverpool are now all but certain to reach the quarter-finals ahead of the second leg at Anfield on March 6. The opener arrived 12 minutes later, though, when Sa allowed Mane's shot to squirm underneath his body into the right side of the goal.

"We started the game on an even keel".

Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick as Liverpool demolished Porto 5-0 in their UEFA Champions League last 16 first-leg clash on Wednesday night.

It's nearly a certainty that Liverpool will reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time since 2009, and with the devastating nature of their front three, there is every possibility that their European adventure doesn't end there this season either. "They did it well and that's the only way to be successful".

"Our mistakes led to Liverpool goals".

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The day after Real Madrid beat PSG 3-1 in the Champions League, Cristiano was watching a replay of the Liverpool win in Porto.

James Milner's strike crashed into the post, but the Egyptian star was on hand to flick the ball over the onrushing Sa with a magnificent piece of skill and slot into the net. Without the team we are nothing, they do a great job behind us.

The Portuguese star then turned the ball home from close range with seven minutes left before Marcelo secured what could turn out to be a decisive first-leg lead ahead of the return in Paris on March 6 and sent almost 80 000 home fans into raptures. The Senegal striker needed no second invitation for his second goal.

It was Sadio Mane who opened the scoring for Liverpool in a 25th minute after 10 minutes of continuous pressing, Porto goalkeeper couldn't save the ball from squeezing through his clutches as it crossed the line to give Liverpool a deserving lead.

At the other end, Virgil van Dijk marshaled Liverpool's defence on his Champions League debut for the club following his winter switch from Southampton.

Milner then set up Firmino to score the fourth in the 69th minute and Mane drilled in the final goal with five minutes remaining to complete the rout. "The third one pleased me the most because it was a nice strike".

"Mane with a hat-trick, Milner was really good, Firmino was really good, Salah was incredible".

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