LIVERPOOL DESTROY PORTO 5-0 IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
When Liverpool is in this kind of Mood, It just doesn’t matter who you place in front of them. They will get a beating, You may see the opposition was poor but Liverpool made them look poor. Yet Klopp’s men in bright orange delivered yet another absolutely dazzling performance away from home in their third kit showcasing just what a threath they can be to Europe’s best when in full flow.
This outstanding five-star, five-goal performance underlined the team’s improvement and Klopp has got the club’s fans dreaming about 2005, all over again.
Despite getting some public criticisms lately, Sadio Mane delivered a hat-trick against a Portuguese side who had not lost in the League this season but completely buckled when faced with Klopp’s potent attack.
Once again, you had to give credit to Mo Salah, who is proving to be a £34million bargain.
He scored his 30th goal of an already outstanding season at the club – his former club Chelsea must be cursing their Luck
Roberto Firmino made it 4-0 before Mane completed this special evening. And that’s another thing about this Liverpool Team, when they have you under the cosh, they just keep loading you with Goals.
Liverpool put their fans through the wringer in Sevilla in the group stages by tossing away a three-nil lead to end up with a draw but there was no repeat of that here
It was another free-scoring performance – that is now 99 for the season – but it also included a third successive away clean sheet. And After similar impressive outings from Manchester City and Spurs the previous night it looks like English clubs are bouncing back in Europe. Over to you Manchester United and Chelsea.
The home side Porto went into the game with bangs of confidence but remarkably, never got close to landing a punch on Klopp’s team.
One blow was the absence of star striker Vincent Aboubakar who had scored five Champions league goals including two in the astonishing 5-2 win over Monaco in December.
After a slow start, Liverpool found their gear, pushed Porto back and started to find space and the opening goal, albeit a scruffy one, was not exactly a surprise.
Gini Wijnaldum’s shot hit an opponent in the face but he kept focus and played the ball out to an unmarked Mane.
His shot was not particularly good and his effort squirmed under the body of keeper Jose Sa.
Legendary Spanish keeper Iker Casillas, who has been relegated to the substitute’s bench watched on
The second goal was also untidy the impressive James Milner won the ball off Moussa Marega with Porto claiming a foul.
Milner continued, dropped his shoulder, lost a man and sauntered into the box before seeing his effort hit the post.
Salah reacted first with Alex Telles sleeping. Salah took a couple of touches and then headed the ball towards his left foot before scrambling the ball over the line.
Mane pretty much sealed the tie and their top trio were all involved.
Salah released Firmino his effort was parried by Sa and Mane had an easy effort to score.
Milner then crossed for Firmino for 4-0 and the fifth came when mane slammed the ball into the net.
Michael Owen is the only other Liverpool player to score an away hat-trick in Europe.
Since they last featured in the Champions League, Philippe Coutinho has left for Barcelona but it is a testament to the character of this team – and talent that they don’t look like they miss him.
Klopp will not be taking anything for granted when Porto head to Anfield on March 6 but in truth, they should save themselves the trouble and not bother going to Merseyside.
They should concentrate on winning a Portuguese Cup double.
As for Liverpool, they head off to Marbella today for a four-day training camp as they are not in the FA Cup.