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Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter and Valencia are all in action on a busy Saturday - follow it all LIVE!
LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in
Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter and Valencia are all in action on a busy Saturday - follow it all LIVE!
Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter and Valencia are all in action on a busy Saturday - follow it all LIVE!
LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in
Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter and Valencia are all in action on a busy Saturday - follow it all LIVE!
Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter and Valencia are all in action on a busy Saturday - follow it all LIVE!
LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in
Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Inter and Valencia are all in action on a busy Saturday - follow it all LIVE!
North Korea is participating in the Pyeongchang Games at the invitation of the South, which is using them to help ease tensions between the two countries, still technically at war.
South Korea propose idea of co-hosting 2021 Asian Games with North in bid to strengthen inter-Korean ties
North Korea is participating in the Pyeongchang Games at the invitation of the South, which is using them to help ease tensions between the two countries, still technically at war.
North Korea is participating in the Pyeongchang Games at the invitation of the South, which is using them to help ease tensions between the two countries, still technically at war.
South Korea propose idea of co-hosting 2021 Asian Games with North in bid to strengthen inter-Korean ties
North Korea is participating in the Pyeongchang Games at the invitation of the South, which is using them to help ease tensions between the two countries, still technically at war.
<p>Perisic joins Icardi on Inter sidelines against Genoa</p>
Perisic joins Icardi on Inter sidelines against Genoa

Perisic joins Icardi on Inter sidelines against Genoa

Inter will be without two of their best players when they travel to Genoa without Mauro Icardi or Ivan Perisic.
Perisic joins Icardi on Inter sidelines against Genoa
Inter will be without two of their best players when they travel to Genoa without Mauro Icardi or Ivan Perisic.
<p>Perisic joins Icardi on Inter sidelines against Genoa</p>
Perisic joins Icardi on Inter sidelines against Genoa

Perisic joins Icardi on Inter sidelines against Genoa

Jose Morais worked under Jose Mourinho at Benfica, Inter, Real Madrid and Chelsea and now has the top job at Barnsley.
Former Mourinho assistant Morais takes over at Barnsley
Jose Morais worked under Jose Mourinho at Benfica, Inter, Real Madrid and Chelsea and now has the top job at Barnsley.
The 26-year-old was handed a first taste of the elite European inter-club competition on Wednesday
Waris makes Champions League debut in Liverpool drubbing
The 26-year-old was handed a first taste of the elite European inter-club competition on Wednesday
<p>Man Utd, Real Madrid and Barcelona target Skriniar clarifies Inter exit comments</p>
Man Utd, Real Madrid and Barcelona target Skriniar clarifies Inter exit comments

Man Utd, Real Madrid and Barcelona target Skriniar clarifies Inter exit comments

<p>Man Utd, Real Madrid and Barcelona target Skriniar clarifies Inter exit comments</p>
Man Utd, Real Madrid and Barcelona target Skriniar clarifies Inter exit comments

Man Utd, Real Madrid and Barcelona target Skriniar clarifies Inter exit comments

The Slovakian defender angered Nerazzurri fans by appearing to flirt with other clubs in a recent interview, but he insists that he has been misquoted
Man Utd, Real Madrid and Barcelona target Skriniar clarifies Inter exit comments
The Slovakian defender angered Nerazzurri fans by appearing to flirt with other clubs in a recent interview, but he insists that he has been misquoted
The 26-year-old was handed a first taste of the elite European inter-club competition on Wednesday
Waris makes Champions League debut in Liverpool drubbing
The 26-year-old was handed a first taste of the elite European inter-club competition on Wednesday
The youngster has completed a three-year move to the MLS side after rejecting a contract extension with the Eleven is to One
New York Red Bulls sign Ackwei from Inter Allies
The youngster has completed a three-year move to the MLS side after rejecting a contract extension with the Eleven is to One
<p>I never said I want to leave Inter, insists Skriniar</p>
I never said I want to leave Inter, insists Skriniar

I never said I want to leave Inter, insists Skriniar

Milan Skriniar angered Inter fans by appearing to flirt with other clubs in a recent interview, but he insists he has been misquoted.
I never said I want to leave Inter, insists Skriniar
Milan Skriniar angered Inter fans by appearing to flirt with other clubs in a recent interview, but he insists he has been misquoted.
<p>I never said I want to leave Inter, insists Skriniar</p>
I never said I want to leave Inter, insists Skriniar

I never said I want to leave Inter, insists Skriniar

Is Mauro Icardi eyeing a move to Old Trafford?
Football transfer rumours: Inter’s Mauro Icardi to Manchester United?
Is Mauro Icardi eyeing a move to Old Trafford?
Football transfer rumours: Inter’s Mauro Icardi to Manchester United?
Football transfer rumours: Inter’s Mauro Icardi to Manchester United?
Football transfer rumours: Inter’s Mauro Icardi to Manchester United?
Football transfer rumours: Inter’s Mauro Icardi to Manchester United?
Football transfer rumours: Inter’s Mauro Icardi to Manchester United?
Football transfer rumours: Inter’s Mauro Icardi to Manchester United?
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;s most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England's most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;s most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England's most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;s most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England's most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;s most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England's most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;s most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England's most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;s most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England's most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;s most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England's most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;s most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England's most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Sadio Mane&#39;s third is sweetly struck from 21 yards Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had led a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;s most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Sadio Mane's third is sweetly struck from 21 yards Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had led a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England's most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Jürgen Klopp had declared that Liverpool can compete with the best and there was that swagger as they brushed aside Porto to deliver the biggest home defeat in the Portuguese club’s proud history and a devastating Champions League display that spoke of a team believing it can go deep into this competition. Twenty-four hours after statement performances from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in European away days Liverpool emphatically made theirs. Sadio Mané was at the heart of it with a hat-trick but Mohamed Salah also scored as did Roberto Firmino. That triumvirate will give any team a chance and Liverpool are now the top-scorers in the Champions League this season with 28 goals – two ahead of Paris Saint-Germain who have quite a good little attacking trio of their own. This was Liverpool’s first appearance in the last-16 for nine years and they will at least go one round further. A quarter-final place is theirs with the return leg of this tie, at Anfield on March 6, a mere formality. Handily for Liverpool it comes four days before they play Manchester United in the Premier League. Mane&#39;s third was sweetly struck from 21 yards Credit: Craig Mercer - CameraSport via Getty Images After a day of torrential rain, a downpour that continued into this match, Porto attempted to wash away Liverpool. Instead they were the ones given the early dousing. It came mid-way through the first-half, just as Liverpool began to turn the ball over, winning it back with increasing frequency after facing a storm from kick-off. On one such occasion Georginio Wijnaldum worked his way into the penalty area and after he broke through a challenge the ball fell to Mané who had somehow been left unmarked, out to the left. Even more inexplicable was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mané’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: Fotopress/Getty Images Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they were soon even further behind when James Milner’s powerful drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. It fell toSalah who is in such an incredible zone of form at the moment that he had time and then more time to score. He flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and the Porto defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. It was also Salah’s 30th goal for Liverpool this season and by scoring it he became only the 13th player from the club to achieve that total. Ever. The Egyptian has also achieved it in the second fewest numbers of games, 36, and the fewest since George Allan (27) in 1896. We are also still in February. Maybe, now, even Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals for Liverpool in one campaign is under threat. And all this in Salah’s first season with the club. Salah juggles the ball to round the keeper Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Porto were in a bind. They had come into this tie with a buoyancy born of their exuberant form, and a belief that something is stirring under coach Sergio Conceicao. The former Portugal international has steered the club to the top of the league, unbeaten in 21 games, and having won nine of their last 10 home matches, after a highly unusual run of not landing a trophy since 2013. They had also created the first chance with the power of forward Moussa Marega quickly evident as the Malian held the ball up before setting it for Otavio whose shot appeared to be about to beat goalkeeper Loris Karius only for Dejan Lovren to intervene, deflecting it onto the roof of the net. But suddenly they were two goals down. Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: AMA/Getty Images) The noise from the Porto ultras did not abate but their team needed a goal and, before the break, Francisco Soares should have provided it as he found the space, from Yacine Brahimi’s astute pass, only to shoot narrowly wide under pressure from Virgil Van Dijk. Porto knew they had to claim the next goal. But, as they pushed forward, it was Liverpool who struck with a trademark, devastating counter-attack involving, Mané, Salah and Firmino who started it with a superb flick. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mané who simply tapped it into the unguarded goal. Firmino scores the fourth and responds with unique exuberance Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Tie over? Liverpool had led a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition. They also had a number of away goals to bolster their chances even if Porto rallied. The score-line also meant that had an incredible 14 goals in just four away ties this season. It was soon 15 and, with it, Firmino had his reward. Liverpool broke again and down the left Milner smartly pulled the ball back to the Brazilian who coolly side-footed beyond Jose Sa and inside the near post. It was Firmino’s seventh Champions League goal of the campaign, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record. Still Liverpool were determined not to concede with Van Dijk, brilliantly blocking from Soares as he seemed destined to score from six yards. And it was Liverpool who struck again with the ball rolled into Mané who, 20 yards out, simply smashed it past the hapless Jose Sa to complete his hat-trick. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;s most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
Jürgen Klopp had declared that Liverpool can compete with the best and there was that swagger as they brushed aside Porto to deliver the biggest home defeat in the Portuguese club’s proud history and a devastating Champions League display that spoke of a team believing it can go deep into this competition. Twenty-four hours after statement performances from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in European away days Liverpool emphatically made theirs. Sadio Mané was at the heart of it with a hat-trick but Mohamed Salah also scored as did Roberto Firmino. That triumvirate will give any team a chance and Liverpool are now the top-scorers in the Champions League this season with 28 goals – two ahead of Paris Saint-Germain who have quite a good little attacking trio of their own. This was Liverpool’s first appearance in the last-16 for nine years and they will at least go one round further. A quarter-final place is theirs with the return leg of this tie, at Anfield on March 6, a mere formality. Handily for Liverpool it comes four days before they play Manchester United in the Premier League. Mane's third was sweetly struck from 21 yards Credit: Craig Mercer - CameraSport via Getty Images After a day of torrential rain, a downpour that continued into this match, Porto attempted to wash away Liverpool. Instead they were the ones given the early dousing. It came mid-way through the first-half, just as Liverpool began to turn the ball over, winning it back with increasing frequency after facing a storm from kick-off. On one such occasion Georginio Wijnaldum worked his way into the penalty area and after he broke through a challenge the ball fell to Mané who had somehow been left unmarked, out to the left. Even more inexplicable was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mané’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: Fotopress/Getty Images Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they were soon even further behind when James Milner’s powerful drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. It fell toSalah who is in such an incredible zone of form at the moment that he had time and then more time to score. He flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and the Porto defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. It was also Salah’s 30th goal for Liverpool this season and by scoring it he became only the 13th player from the club to achieve that total. Ever. The Egyptian has also achieved it in the second fewest numbers of games, 36, and the fewest since George Allan (27) in 1896. We are also still in February. Maybe, now, even Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals for Liverpool in one campaign is under threat. And all this in Salah’s first season with the club. Salah juggles the ball to round the keeper Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Porto were in a bind. They had come into this tie with a buoyancy born of their exuberant form, and a belief that something is stirring under coach Sergio Conceicao. The former Portugal international has steered the club to the top of the league, unbeaten in 21 games, and having won nine of their last 10 home matches, after a highly unusual run of not landing a trophy since 2013. They had also created the first chance with the power of forward Moussa Marega quickly evident as the Malian held the ball up before setting it for Otavio whose shot appeared to be about to beat goalkeeper Loris Karius only for Dejan Lovren to intervene, deflecting it onto the roof of the net. But suddenly they were two goals down. Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: AMA/Getty Images) The noise from the Porto ultras did not abate but their team needed a goal and, before the break, Francisco Soares should have provided it as he found the space, from Yacine Brahimi’s astute pass, only to shoot narrowly wide under pressure from Virgil Van Dijk. Porto knew they had to claim the next goal. But, as they pushed forward, it was Liverpool who struck with a trademark, devastating counter-attack involving, Mané, Salah and Firmino who started it with a superb flick. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mané who simply tapped it into the unguarded goal. Firmino scores the fourth and responds with unique exuberance Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Tie over? Liverpool had led a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition. They also had a number of away goals to bolster their chances even if Porto rallied. The score-line also meant that had an incredible 14 goals in just four away ties this season. It was soon 15 and, with it, Firmino had his reward. Liverpool broke again and down the left Milner smartly pulled the ball back to the Brazilian who coolly side-footed beyond Jose Sa and inside the near post. It was Firmino’s seventh Champions League goal of the campaign, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record. Still Liverpool were determined not to concede with Van Dijk, brilliantly blocking from Soares as he seemed destined to score from six yards. And it was Liverpool who struck again with the ball rolled into Mané who, 20 yards out, simply smashed it past the hapless Jose Sa to complete his hat-trick. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England's most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;s most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto vs Liverpool, Champions League: live score updates
9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England's most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and tees up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;s most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
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7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and tees up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England's most successful club, would like a sixth to move them ahead of Barcelona and Bayern and take third place in their own right again behind Milan and Real Madrid. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
<p>Gabigol: I didn&#39;t get a chance at Inter or Benfica</p>
Gabigol: I didn't get a chance at Inter or Benfica

Gabigol: I didn't get a chance at Inter or Benfica

<p>Gabigol: I didn&#39;t get a chance at Inter or Benfica</p>
Gabigol: I didn't get a chance at Inter or Benfica

Gabigol: I didn't get a chance at Inter or Benfica

After failing to make the grade at Inter and Benfica, Brazil striker Gabriel Barbosa has complained he was not given a chance.
Gabigol: I didn't get a chance at Inter or Benfica
After failing to make the grade at Inter and Benfica, Brazil striker Gabriel Barbosa has complained he was not given a chance.
In a photo taken Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, Heo Saeng-gum, left, and her husband Kim Woo Il, right, react during an interview before entering the Kwandong Hockey Center to watch their daughter Kim Selin play for the Koreas during a women&#39;s hockey game against Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Parents of players at Koreas joint womens hockey team say they are so proud of their daughters for creating history in inter-Korean relations. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
'So proud': Parents' views on joint Korea hockey team evolve
In a photo taken Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, Heo Saeng-gum, left, and her husband Kim Woo Il, right, react during an interview before entering the Kwandong Hockey Center to watch their daughter Kim Selin play for the Koreas during a women's hockey game against Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Parents of players at Koreas joint womens hockey team say they are so proud of their daughters for creating history in inter-Korean relations. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
In a photo taken Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, Woo Hee-jun, mother of South Korean player Han Dohee, arrives at the Kwandong Hockey Center to watch her daughter play for the Koreas during a women&#39;s hockey game against Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Parents of players at Koreas joint womens hockey team say they are so proud of their daughters for creating history in inter-Korean relations. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
'So proud': Parents' views on joint Korea hockey team evolve
In a photo taken Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, Woo Hee-jun, mother of South Korean player Han Dohee, arrives at the Kwandong Hockey Center to watch her daughter play for the Koreas during a women's hockey game against Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Parents of players at Koreas joint womens hockey team say they are so proud of their daughters for creating history in inter-Korean relations. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
In a photo taken Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, Woo Hee-jun, center, mother of South Korean player Han Dohee, watches the Koreas play a women&#39;s hockey game against Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Parents of players at Koreas joint womens hockey team say they are so proud of their daughters for creating history in inter-Korean relations. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
'So proud': Parents' views on joint Korea hockey team evolve
In a photo taken Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, Woo Hee-jun, center, mother of South Korean player Han Dohee, watches the Koreas play a women's hockey game against Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Parents of players at Koreas joint womens hockey team say they are so proud of their daughters for creating history in inter-Korean relations. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
In a photo taken Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, Woo Hee-jun, mother of South Korean player Han Dohee, talks to The Associated Press while arriving at the Kwandong Hockey Center to watch her daughter play for the Koreas during a women&#39;s hockey game against Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Parents of players at Koreas joint womens hockey team say they are so proud of their daughters for creating history in inter-Korean relations. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
'So proud': Parents' views on joint Korea hockey team evolve
In a photo taken Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, Woo Hee-jun, mother of South Korean player Han Dohee, talks to The Associated Press while arriving at the Kwandong Hockey Center to watch her daughter play for the Koreas during a women's hockey game against Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Parents of players at Koreas joint womens hockey team say they are so proud of their daughters for creating history in inter-Korean relations. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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