Sadio Mane Scores Hat Trick As Liverpool Trash Porto 5-0 Away

Sadio Mane Scores Hat Trick As Liverpool Trash Porto 5-0 Away

Here FP looks at some of the issues.

Defender Joe Gomez has travelled with the squad after missing the last two matches with a knee injury while record signing Virgil van Dijk is set for his first appearance in the competition for the club he joined in January.

"Both centre-halves were really spot-on, both full-backs were spot-on".

Add to that another clean sheet - only the second time since February 2011 they have kept three consecutive clean sheets away from home - and Klopp was happy.

Europe's most elite club competition resumes this week, with the Reds facing the challenge of visiting a side who sit unbeaten at the top of their domestic league and who have lost just once at home across all competitions this season.

Liverpool have won just the one trophy in the last 10 years, clinching the League Cup in 2012, and the same goes for Tottenham, whose last piece of silverware was the League Cup in 2008, beating Chelsea 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.

Tie over? Liverpool had led a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Seville earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition.

Porto, a two-time European champion, has never beaten Liverpool in four previous attempts.

Can European entertainment be extended?

Of course, the Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino goal trains keep on rolling by - but it's also good to see Danny Ings getting some minutes.

Meanwhile, a Cristiano Ronaldo double helped Real Madrid come from behind to boost their hopes of a third straight Champions League crown during a pulsating last-16 encounter with Paris St-Germain. As I said a few times, I am too long in the business to think anything is sorted before the final whistle.

Porto were vulnerable as they searched for a way back into the game, but it gave Liverpool's terrific trio even more space to do what they do best.

The Egyptian, who hit 30-goals for the season with his calm as you'd like first half finish, will get his share of the plaudits, but it's Mane that will rightfully dominate the headlines.

And that goal left Reds great and current under-18 manager Gerrard impressed, who also thought Porto were simply overwhelmed by the Premier League side's attack. That means Karius will start in Portugal and casts serious doubt on the future of Simon Mignolet, whose confidence has taken a knock following his relegation, beyond the end of this season.

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