FC Porto 0-5 Liverpool: 5 Talking Points
Liverpool eased past Porto and have one foot on the quarterfinals
After a hiatus of nine years, Liverpool returned to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League and made a statement as they put five past Portuguese side, FC Porto. The Reds started well and didn't take long to score the opening goal as a Sadio Mane shot was misjudged by goalkeeper Jose Sa.
Liverpool's confidence shot up after the opener and they doubled their lead just four minutes later as a James Milner shot bounced off the post to fall for Mohamed Salah who controlled brilliantly to score.
In the second half, a brilliant counter-attacking move saw Roberto Firmino's shot saved by Sa, but Mane was on hand to score the rebound, making it three.
Porto threw more bodies forward and that helped the Reds tear the hosts apart on the counter as a good team goal saw Firmino score the fourth. Mane's thunderous shot in the 85th minute completed his hat-trick and the rout.
On that note, here are 5 talking points from the game:
#5 Sadio Mane finds some form at last
After a brilliant debut season, Mane has had an underwhelming season so far. It has been a bit stop and start and the early three-game suspension at the start of the season certainly didn't help.
There've been games where he's managed to score, but his performance could've been better. Last night, however, he put in his best performance of the season. A lot of the threat came from the left and Mane was at the heart of it all.
His movement and predatory instincts also came to the fore for the second goal as he finished from the right.
The hat-trick will do him a world of good and with key fixtures coming up, Liverpool will benefit massively if every one of their front-three is in devastating form.