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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.
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'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.
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'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.
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'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.
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'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.
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'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.
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'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.
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'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.
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'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.
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'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.
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'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.
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'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.
Porto vs Liverpool, Champions League: live score updates
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.
Nottingham Forest defender Michael Mancienne
Nottingham Forest defender Michael Mancienne
Nottingham Forest defender Michael Mancienne
Matty Fryatt describes the decision to finally announce his retirement from football as “closure”. He has scored in every division, racked up 135 career goals at clubs including Leicester, Hull City and Nottingham Forest, and played in an FA Cup final. But after three operations on a persistent Achilles injury spanning nearly three years, and seemingly endless trips around Europe seeking a solution, he has accepted that retirement is the only option, at the age of 31. For many professional players, it is the day they dread but, for Fryatt, it almost feels like a cathartic moment, the dispersing of a dark cloud. “This is a big moment for me, but at the same time it’s been a long time coming. I haven’t played for nearly three years now so it was only natural,” he says. “I’ve given it everything, from when it all started and thinking it was going to be a minor injury to three years later and realising the only option is to call it a day. “It would have been so much easier to just run out onto the grass, feel comfortable and play a game of football, rather than go all over the world to see a surgeon in Germany, in Holland, in Portugal and getting absolutely nowhere. Matty Fryatt (left) playing for Leicester Credit: PA “When you’ve had half of your Achilles taken off, re-attached, bone smashed up and then put back on with someone saying you’ve got a good chance of coming back, it’s hard to take. This is closure, really.” Fryatt’s last game was for Forest in March 2015, but it was in November when the striker’s ordeal arguably started. Towards the end of a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham, he remembers a specific moment, picking up what he calls “a niggle” on his left Achilles. It was an innocuous incident, but ultimately life-changing. “I was jogging into their half for a goal-kick and I was just thinking, 'That feels a little bit uncomfortable',” he says. “I came into training on Monday and I couldn’t run. I thought I’d rest in the week and play on Saturday . “I did that for so long, but it was getting worse, even with the painkillers and resting as much as I could. Matty Fryatt celebrate scoring for Nottingham Forest before injury took its toll Credit: ACTION IMAGES “I was coming back in off the training pitch nearly crying, hobbling around in absolute agony. It was embarrassing. I was near enough in tears trying to run. “In the last game I played I was just like a statue. I was in real pain as well, it was ridiculous.” Fryatt had two operations, one minor and the other major in which they took away the Achilles and then re-attached it. Six-month rehabilitation followed both procedures but he never felt confident that the problem had been diagnosed properly. This unfolding nightmare occurred during a turbulent period in Forest’s history, under the chaotic regime of former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, and though Fryatt is careful to point out that the club continued to pay his wages, there is clearly frustration over how it was handled. “At Forest it was like I was a car on the driveway, rusting away and they just thought ‘just leave it, we’ll get a new car’. I’d get further down the line and nobody would ask what’s happening with this rusting car. Matty Fryatt has come to terms with the fact his playing career is over Credit: PAUL COOPER “I just got lost and forgotten a bit. It never felt that anyone was asking ‘is he ever going to come back’. Oh, just send him for surgery again. “It was probably the way the club operated at the time. I didn’t even meet one of the managers [Philippe Montanier]. They paid my wages and for most of the operations, so I can’t grumble at that, but nobody was accountable for things.” Another operation followed, but it had taken two years for Fryatt to finally feel any progress after a course of injections. His contract ended at Forest last summer and he trialled with Burton Albion and then his first club, Walsall, where it all began in 2003. “As much as teams were doing their best to support me, I couldn’t get back to the level needed,” he says. A very young Matty Fryatt playing for Walsall - where his career started Credit: ACTION IMAGES Fryatt can understand how Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla must be feeling. Cazorla has not played since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem but, like Fryatt six months ago, is desperate to keep the hope alive. “I don’t know the guy, but he’s been in X amount of operations in an area where there is the least blood-flow, so the healing process is terrible. It’s sounding a similar case. His Achilles is like mine without the skin graft. “I wish him well but what next? Don’t feel great, operation, what next? It’s completely different at Arsenal, but I’m looking at that thinking it’s not good for him because of the area it’s on and going from operation to operation.” Santi Cazorla has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem Fryatt is now only focusing on the future. He is about to start his ‘A license” coaching badges and appears a natural on the evidence of recent media work. “I’ve been blessed to play something that I love doing, to have a job that was a hobby and fun is everything that you dream about as a kid,” he says. “There are some great memories, such as the Leicester years and getting them promoted. I enjoyed my time at Hull and to get to a Cup final was ridiculous. I’d like to stay involved in it, or give something back. “This is a chance now to move onto the next chapter.”
Matty Fryatt finally finds 'closure' after injury ends playing career at 31
Matty Fryatt describes the decision to finally announce his retirement from football as “closure”. He has scored in every division, racked up 135 career goals at clubs including Leicester, Hull City and Nottingham Forest, and played in an FA Cup final. But after three operations on a persistent Achilles injury spanning nearly three years, and seemingly endless trips around Europe seeking a solution, he has accepted that retirement is the only option, at the age of 31. For many professional players, it is the day they dread but, for Fryatt, it almost feels like a cathartic moment, the dispersing of a dark cloud. “This is a big moment for me, but at the same time it’s been a long time coming. I haven’t played for nearly three years now so it was only natural,” he says. “I’ve given it everything, from when it all started and thinking it was going to be a minor injury to three years later and realising the only option is to call it a day. “It would have been so much easier to just run out onto the grass, feel comfortable and play a game of football, rather than go all over the world to see a surgeon in Germany, in Holland, in Portugal and getting absolutely nowhere. Matty Fryatt (left) playing for Leicester Credit: PA “When you’ve had half of your Achilles taken off, re-attached, bone smashed up and then put back on with someone saying you’ve got a good chance of coming back, it’s hard to take. This is closure, really.” Fryatt’s last game was for Forest in March 2015, but it was in November when the striker’s ordeal arguably started. Towards the end of a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham, he remembers a specific moment, picking up what he calls “a niggle” on his left Achilles. It was an innocuous incident, but ultimately life-changing. “I was jogging into their half for a goal-kick and I was just thinking, 'That feels a little bit uncomfortable',” he says. “I came into training on Monday and I couldn’t run. I thought I’d rest in the week and play on Saturday . “I did that for so long, but it was getting worse, even with the painkillers and resting as much as I could. Matty Fryatt celebrate scoring for Nottingham Forest before injury took its toll Credit: ACTION IMAGES “I was coming back in off the training pitch nearly crying, hobbling around in absolute agony. It was embarrassing. I was near enough in tears trying to run. “In the last game I played I was just like a statue. I was in real pain as well, it was ridiculous.” Fryatt had two operations, one minor and the other major in which they took away the Achilles and then re-attached it. Six-month rehabilitation followed both procedures but he never felt confident that the problem had been diagnosed properly. This unfolding nightmare occurred during a turbulent period in Forest’s history, under the chaotic regime of former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, and though Fryatt is careful to point out that the club continued to pay his wages, there is clearly frustration over how it was handled. “At Forest it was like I was a car on the driveway, rusting away and they just thought ‘just leave it, we’ll get a new car’. I’d get further down the line and nobody would ask what’s happening with this rusting car. Matty Fryatt has come to terms with the fact his playing career is over Credit: PAUL COOPER “I just got lost and forgotten a bit. It never felt that anyone was asking ‘is he ever going to come back’. Oh, just send him for surgery again. “It was probably the way the club operated at the time. I didn’t even meet one of the managers [Philippe Montanier]. They paid my wages and for most of the operations, so I can’t grumble at that, but nobody was accountable for things.” Another operation followed, but it had taken two years for Fryatt to finally feel any progress after a course of injections. His contract ended at Forest last summer and he trialled with Burton Albion and then his first club, Walsall, where it all began in 2003. “As much as teams were doing their best to support me, I couldn’t get back to the level needed,” he says. A very young Matty Fryatt playing for Walsall - where his career started Credit: ACTION IMAGES Fryatt can understand how Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla must be feeling. Cazorla has not played since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem but, like Fryatt six months ago, is desperate to keep the hope alive. “I don’t know the guy, but he’s been in X amount of operations in an area where there is the least blood-flow, so the healing process is terrible. It’s sounding a similar case. His Achilles is like mine without the skin graft. “I wish him well but what next? Don’t feel great, operation, what next? It’s completely different at Arsenal, but I’m looking at that thinking it’s not good for him because of the area it’s on and going from operation to operation.” Santi Cazorla has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem Fryatt is now only focusing on the future. He is about to start his ‘A license” coaching badges and appears a natural on the evidence of recent media work. “I’ve been blessed to play something that I love doing, to have a job that was a hobby and fun is everything that you dream about as a kid,” he says. “There are some great memories, such as the Leicester years and getting them promoted. I enjoyed my time at Hull and to get to a Cup final was ridiculous. I’d like to stay involved in it, or give something back. “This is a chance now to move onto the next chapter.”
Matty Fryatt describes the decision to finally announce his retirement from football as “closure”. He has scored in every division, racked up 135 career goals at clubs including Leicester, Hull City and Nottingham Forest, and played in an FA Cup final. But after three operations on a persistent Achilles injury spanning nearly three years, and seemingly endless trips around Europe seeking a solution, he has accepted that retirement is the only option, at the age of 31. For many professional players, it is the day they dread but, for Fryatt, it almost feels like a cathartic moment, the dispersing of a dark cloud. “This is a big moment for me, but at the same time it’s been a long time coming. I haven’t played for nearly three years now so it was only natural,” he says. “I’ve given it everything, from when it all started and thinking it was going to be a minor injury to three years later and realising the only option is to call it a day. “It would have been so much easier to just run out onto the grass, feel comfortable and play a game of football, rather than go all over the world to see a surgeon in Germany, in Holland, in Portugal and getting absolutely nowhere. Matty Fryatt (left) playing for Leicester Credit: PA “When you’ve had half of your Achilles taken off, re-attached, bone smashed up and then put back on with someone saying you’ve got a good chance of coming back, it’s hard to take. This is closure, really.” Fryatt’s last game was for Forest in March 2015, but it was in November when the striker’s ordeal arguably started. Towards the end of a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham, he remembers a specific moment, picking up what he calls “a niggle” on his left Achilles. It was an innocuous incident, but ultimately life-changing. “I was jogging into their half for a goal-kick and I was just thinking, 'That feels a little bit uncomfortable',” he says. “I came into training on Monday and I couldn’t run. I thought I’d rest in the week and play on Saturday . “I did that for so long, but it was getting worse, even with the painkillers and resting as much as I could. Matty Fryatt celebrate scoring for Nottingham Forest before injury took its toll Credit: ACTION IMAGES “I was coming back in off the training pitch nearly crying, hobbling around in absolute agony. It was embarrassing. I was near enough in tears trying to run. “In the last game I played I was just like a statue. I was in real pain as well, it was ridiculous.” Fryatt had two operations, one minor and the other major in which they took away the Achilles and then re-attached it. Six-month rehabilitation followed both procedures but he never felt confident that the problem had been diagnosed properly. This unfolding nightmare occurred during a turbulent period in Forest’s history, under the chaotic regime of former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, and though Fryatt is careful to point out that the club continued to pay his wages, there is clearly frustration over how it was handled. “At Forest it was like I was a car on the driveway, rusting away and they just thought ‘just leave it, we’ll get a new car’. I’d get further down the line and nobody would ask what’s happening with this rusting car. Matty Fryatt has come to terms with the fact his playing career is over Credit: PAUL COOPER “I just got lost and forgotten a bit. It never felt that anyone was asking ‘is he ever going to come back’. Oh, just send him for surgery again. “It was probably the way the club operated at the time. I didn’t even meet one of the managers [Philippe Montanier]. They paid my wages and for most of the operations, so I can’t grumble at that, but nobody was accountable for things.” Another operation followed, but it had taken two years for Fryatt to finally feel any progress after a course of injections. His contract ended at Forest last summer and he trialled with Burton Albion and then his first club, Walsall, where it all began in 2003. “As much as teams were doing their best to support me, I couldn’t get back to the level needed,” he says. A very young Matty Fryatt playing for Walsall - where his career started Credit: ACTION IMAGES Fryatt can understand how Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla must be feeling. Cazorla has not played since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem but, like Fryatt six months ago, is desperate to keep the hope alive. “I don’t know the guy, but he’s been in X amount of operations in an area where there is the least blood-flow, so the healing process is terrible. It’s sounding a similar case. His Achilles is like mine without the skin graft. “I wish him well but what next? Don’t feel great, operation, what next? It’s completely different at Arsenal, but I’m looking at that thinking it’s not good for him because of the area it’s on and going from operation to operation.” Santi Cazorla has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem Fryatt is now only focusing on the future. He is about to start his ‘A license” coaching badges and appears a natural on the evidence of recent media work. “I’ve been blessed to play something that I love doing, to have a job that was a hobby and fun is everything that you dream about as a kid,” he says. “There are some great memories, such as the Leicester years and getting them promoted. I enjoyed my time at Hull and to get to a Cup final was ridiculous. I’d like to stay involved in it, or give something back. “This is a chance now to move onto the next chapter.”
Matty Fryatt finally finds 'closure' after injury ends playing career at 31
Matty Fryatt describes the decision to finally announce his retirement from football as “closure”. He has scored in every division, racked up 135 career goals at clubs including Leicester, Hull City and Nottingham Forest, and played in an FA Cup final. But after three operations on a persistent Achilles injury spanning nearly three years, and seemingly endless trips around Europe seeking a solution, he has accepted that retirement is the only option, at the age of 31. For many professional players, it is the day they dread but, for Fryatt, it almost feels like a cathartic moment, the dispersing of a dark cloud. “This is a big moment for me, but at the same time it’s been a long time coming. I haven’t played for nearly three years now so it was only natural,” he says. “I’ve given it everything, from when it all started and thinking it was going to be a minor injury to three years later and realising the only option is to call it a day. “It would have been so much easier to just run out onto the grass, feel comfortable and play a game of football, rather than go all over the world to see a surgeon in Germany, in Holland, in Portugal and getting absolutely nowhere. Matty Fryatt (left) playing for Leicester Credit: PA “When you’ve had half of your Achilles taken off, re-attached, bone smashed up and then put back on with someone saying you’ve got a good chance of coming back, it’s hard to take. This is closure, really.” Fryatt’s last game was for Forest in March 2015, but it was in November when the striker’s ordeal arguably started. Towards the end of a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham, he remembers a specific moment, picking up what he calls “a niggle” on his left Achilles. It was an innocuous incident, but ultimately life-changing. “I was jogging into their half for a goal-kick and I was just thinking, 'That feels a little bit uncomfortable',” he says. “I came into training on Monday and I couldn’t run. I thought I’d rest in the week and play on Saturday . “I did that for so long, but it was getting worse, even with the painkillers and resting as much as I could. Matty Fryatt celebrate scoring for Nottingham Forest before injury took its toll Credit: ACTION IMAGES “I was coming back in off the training pitch nearly crying, hobbling around in absolute agony. It was embarrassing. I was near enough in tears trying to run. “In the last game I played I was just like a statue. I was in real pain as well, it was ridiculous.” Fryatt had two operations, one minor and the other major in which they took away the Achilles and then re-attached it. Six-month rehabilitation followed both procedures but he never felt confident that the problem had been diagnosed properly. This unfolding nightmare occurred during a turbulent period in Forest’s history, under the chaotic regime of former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, and though Fryatt is careful to point out that the club continued to pay his wages, there is clearly frustration over how it was handled. “At Forest it was like I was a car on the driveway, rusting away and they just thought ‘just leave it, we’ll get a new car’. I’d get further down the line and nobody would ask what’s happening with this rusting car. Matty Fryatt has come to terms with the fact his playing career is over Credit: PAUL COOPER “I just got lost and forgotten a bit. It never felt that anyone was asking ‘is he ever going to come back’. Oh, just send him for surgery again. “It was probably the way the club operated at the time. I didn’t even meet one of the managers [Philippe Montanier]. They paid my wages and for most of the operations, so I can’t grumble at that, but nobody was accountable for things.” Another operation followed, but it had taken two years for Fryatt to finally feel any progress after a course of injections. His contract ended at Forest last summer and he trialled with Burton Albion and then his first club, Walsall, where it all began in 2003. “As much as teams were doing their best to support me, I couldn’t get back to the level needed,” he says. A very young Matty Fryatt playing for Walsall - where his career started Credit: ACTION IMAGES Fryatt can understand how Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla must be feeling. Cazorla has not played since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem but, like Fryatt six months ago, is desperate to keep the hope alive. “I don’t know the guy, but he’s been in X amount of operations in an area where there is the least blood-flow, so the healing process is terrible. It’s sounding a similar case. His Achilles is like mine without the skin graft. “I wish him well but what next? Don’t feel great, operation, what next? It’s completely different at Arsenal, but I’m looking at that thinking it’s not good for him because of the area it’s on and going from operation to operation.” Santi Cazorla has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem Fryatt is now only focusing on the future. He is about to start his ‘A license” coaching badges and appears a natural on the evidence of recent media work. “I’ve been blessed to play something that I love doing, to have a job that was a hobby and fun is everything that you dream about as a kid,” he says. “There are some great memories, such as the Leicester years and getting them promoted. I enjoyed my time at Hull and to get to a Cup final was ridiculous. I’d like to stay involved in it, or give something back. “This is a chance now to move onto the next chapter.”
Matty Fryatt describes the decision to finally announce his retirement from football as “closure”. He has scored in every division, racked up 135 career goals at clubs including Leicester, Hull City and Nottingham Forest, and played in an FA Cup final. But after three operations on a persistent Achilles injury spanning nearly three years, and seemingly endless trips around Europe seeking a solution, he has accepted that retirement is the only option, at the age of 31. For many professional players, it is the day they dread but, for Fryatt, it almost feels like a cathartic moment, the dispersing of a dark cloud. “This is a big moment for me, but at the same time it’s been a long time coming. I haven’t played for nearly three years now so it was only natural,” he says. “I’ve given it everything, from when it all started and thinking it was going to be a minor injury to three years later and realising the only option is to call it a day. “It would have been so much easier to just run out onto the grass, feel comfortable and play a game of football, rather than go all over the world to see a surgeon in Germany, in Holland, in Portugal and getting absolutely nowhere. Matty Fryatt (left) playing for Leicester Credit: PA “When you’ve had half of your Achilles taken off, re-attached, bone smashed up and then put back on with someone saying you’ve got a good chance of coming back, it’s hard to take. This is closure, really.” Fryatt’s last game was for Forest in March 2015, but it was in November when the striker’s ordeal arguably started. Towards the end of a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham, he remembers a specific moment, picking up what he calls “a niggle” on his left Achilles. It was an innocuous incident, but ultimately life-changing. “I was jogging into their half for a goal-kick and I was just thinking, 'That feels a little bit uncomfortable',” he says. “I came into training on Monday and I couldn’t run. I thought I’d rest in the week and play on Saturday . “I did that for so long, but it was getting worse, even with the painkillers and resting as much as I could. Matty Fryatt celebrate scoring for Nottingham Forest before injury took its toll Credit: ACTION IMAGES “I was coming back in off the training pitch nearly crying, hobbling around in absolute agony. It was embarrassing. I was near enough in tears trying to run. “In the last game I played I was just like a statue. I was in real pain as well, it was ridiculous.” Fryatt had two operations, one minor and the other major in which they took away the Achilles and then re-attached it. Six-month rehabilitation followed both procedures but he never felt confident that the problem had been diagnosed properly. This unfolding nightmare occurred during a turbulent period in Forest’s history, under the chaotic regime of former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, and though Fryatt is careful to point out that the club continued to pay his wages, there is clearly frustration over how it was handled. “At Forest it was like I was a car on the driveway, rusting away and they just thought ‘just leave it, we’ll get a new car’. I’d get further down the line and nobody would ask what’s happening with this rusting car. Matty Fryatt has come to terms with the fact his playing career is over Credit: PAUL COOPER “I just got lost and forgotten a bit. It never felt that anyone was asking ‘is he ever going to come back’. Oh, just send him for surgery again. “It was probably the way the club operated at the time. I didn’t even meet one of the managers [Philippe Montanier]. They paid my wages and for most of the operations, so I can’t grumble at that, but nobody was accountable for things.” Another operation followed, but it had taken two years for Fryatt to finally feel any progress after a course of injections. His contract ended at Forest last summer and he trialled with Burton Albion and then his first club, Walsall, where it all began in 2003. “As much as teams were doing their best to support me, I couldn’t get back to the level needed,” he says. A very young Matty Fryatt playing for Walsall - where his career started Credit: ACTION IMAGES Fryatt can understand how Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla must be feeling. Cazorla has not played since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem but, like Fryatt six months ago, is desperate to keep the hope alive. “I don’t know the guy, but he’s been in X amount of operations in an area where there is the least blood-flow, so the healing process is terrible. It’s sounding a similar case. His Achilles is like mine without the skin graft. “I wish him well but what next? Don’t feel great, operation, what next? It’s completely different at Arsenal, but I’m looking at that thinking it’s not good for him because of the area it’s on and going from operation to operation.” Santi Cazorla has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem Fryatt is now only focusing on the future. He is about to start his ‘A license” coaching badges and appears a natural on the evidence of recent media work. “I’ve been blessed to play something that I love doing, to have a job that was a hobby and fun is everything that you dream about as a kid,” he says. “There are some great memories, such as the Leicester years and getting them promoted. I enjoyed my time at Hull and to get to a Cup final was ridiculous. I’d like to stay involved in it, or give something back. “This is a chance now to move onto the next chapter.”
Matty Fryatt finally finds 'closure' after injury ends playing career at 31
Matty Fryatt describes the decision to finally announce his retirement from football as “closure”. He has scored in every division, racked up 135 career goals at clubs including Leicester, Hull City and Nottingham Forest, and played in an FA Cup final. But after three operations on a persistent Achilles injury spanning nearly three years, and seemingly endless trips around Europe seeking a solution, he has accepted that retirement is the only option, at the age of 31. For many professional players, it is the day they dread but, for Fryatt, it almost feels like a cathartic moment, the dispersing of a dark cloud. “This is a big moment for me, but at the same time it’s been a long time coming. I haven’t played for nearly three years now so it was only natural,” he says. “I’ve given it everything, from when it all started and thinking it was going to be a minor injury to three years later and realising the only option is to call it a day. “It would have been so much easier to just run out onto the grass, feel comfortable and play a game of football, rather than go all over the world to see a surgeon in Germany, in Holland, in Portugal and getting absolutely nowhere. Matty Fryatt (left) playing for Leicester Credit: PA “When you’ve had half of your Achilles taken off, re-attached, bone smashed up and then put back on with someone saying you’ve got a good chance of coming back, it’s hard to take. This is closure, really.” Fryatt’s last game was for Forest in March 2015, but it was in November when the striker’s ordeal arguably started. Towards the end of a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham, he remembers a specific moment, picking up what he calls “a niggle” on his left Achilles. It was an innocuous incident, but ultimately life-changing. “I was jogging into their half for a goal-kick and I was just thinking, 'That feels a little bit uncomfortable',” he says. “I came into training on Monday and I couldn’t run. I thought I’d rest in the week and play on Saturday . “I did that for so long, but it was getting worse, even with the painkillers and resting as much as I could. Matty Fryatt celebrate scoring for Nottingham Forest before injury took its toll Credit: ACTION IMAGES “I was coming back in off the training pitch nearly crying, hobbling around in absolute agony. It was embarrassing. I was near enough in tears trying to run. “In the last game I played I was just like a statue. I was in real pain as well, it was ridiculous.” Fryatt had two operations, one minor and the other major in which they took away the Achilles and then re-attached it. Six-month rehabilitation followed both procedures but he never felt confident that the problem had been diagnosed properly. This unfolding nightmare occurred during a turbulent period in Forest’s history, under the chaotic regime of former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, and though Fryatt is careful to point out that the club continued to pay his wages, there is clearly frustration over how it was handled. “At Forest it was like I was a car on the driveway, rusting away and they just thought ‘just leave it, we’ll get a new car’. I’d get further down the line and nobody would ask what’s happening with this rusting car. Matty Fryatt has come to terms with the fact his playing career is over Credit: PAUL COOPER “I just got lost and forgotten a bit. It never felt that anyone was asking ‘is he ever going to come back’. Oh, just send him for surgery again. “It was probably the way the club operated at the time. I didn’t even meet one of the managers [Philippe Montanier]. They paid my wages and for most of the operations, so I can’t grumble at that, but nobody was accountable for things.” Another operation followed, but it had taken two years for Fryatt to finally feel any progress after a course of injections. His contract ended at Forest last summer and he trialled with Burton Albion and then his first club, Walsall, where it all began in 2003. “As much as teams were doing their best to support me, I couldn’t get back to the level needed,” he says. A very young Matty Fryatt playing for Walsall - where his career started Credit: ACTION IMAGES Fryatt can understand how Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla must be feeling. Cazorla has not played since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem but, like Fryatt six months ago, is desperate to keep the hope alive. “I don’t know the guy, but he’s been in X amount of operations in an area where there is the least blood-flow, so the healing process is terrible. It’s sounding a similar case. His Achilles is like mine without the skin graft. “I wish him well but what next? Don’t feel great, operation, what next? It’s completely different at Arsenal, but I’m looking at that thinking it’s not good for him because of the area it’s on and going from operation to operation.” Santi Cazorla has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem Fryatt is now only focusing on the future. He is about to start his ‘A license” coaching badges and appears a natural on the evidence of recent media work. “I’ve been blessed to play something that I love doing, to have a job that was a hobby and fun is everything that you dream about as a kid,” he says. “There are some great memories, such as the Leicester years and getting them promoted. I enjoyed my time at Hull and to get to a Cup final was ridiculous. I’d like to stay involved in it, or give something back. “This is a chance now to move onto the next chapter.”
Matty Fryatt describes the decision to finally announce his retirement from football as “closure”. He has scored in every division, racked up 135 career goals at clubs including Leicester, Hull City and Nottingham Forest, and played in an FA Cup final. But after three operations on a persistent Achilles injury spanning nearly three years, and seemingly endless trips around Europe seeking a solution, he has accepted that retirement is the only option, at the age of 31. For many professional players, it is the day they dread but, for Fryatt, it almost feels like a cathartic moment, the dispersing of a dark cloud. “This is a big moment for me, but at the same time it’s been a long time coming. I haven’t played for nearly three years now so it was only natural,” he says. “I’ve given it everything, from when it all started and thinking it was going to be a minor injury to three years later and realising the only option is to call it a day. “It would have been so much easier to just run out onto the grass, feel comfortable and play a game of football, rather than go all over the world to see a surgeon in Germany, in Holland, in Portugal and getting absolutely nowhere. Matty Fryatt (left) playing for Leicester Credit: PA “When you’ve had half of your Achilles taken off, re-attached, bone smashed up and then put back on with someone saying you’ve got a good chance of coming back, it’s hard to take. This is closure, really.” Fryatt’s last game was for Forest in March 2015, but it was in November when the striker’s ordeal arguably started. Towards the end of a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham, he remembers a specific moment, picking up what he calls “a niggle” on his left Achilles. It was an innocuous incident, but ultimately life-changing. “I was jogging into their half for a goal-kick and I was just thinking, 'That feels a little bit uncomfortable',” he says. “I came into training on Monday and I couldn’t run. I thought I’d rest in the week and play on Saturday . “I did that for so long, but it was getting worse, even with the painkillers and resting as much as I could. Matty Fryatt celebrate scoring for Nottingham Forest before injury took its toll Credit: ACTION IMAGES “I was coming back in off the training pitch nearly crying, hobbling around in absolute agony. It was embarrassing. I was near enough in tears trying to run. “In the last game I played I was just like a statue. I was in real pain as well, it was ridiculous.” Fryatt had two operations, one minor and the other major in which they took away the Achilles and then re-attached it. Six-month rehabilitation followed both procedures but he never felt confident that the problem had been diagnosed properly. This unfolding nightmare occurred during a turbulent period in Forest’s history, under the chaotic regime of former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, and though Fryatt is careful to point out that the club continued to pay his wages, there is clearly frustration over how it was handled. “At Forest it was like I was a car on the driveway, rusting away and they just thought ‘just leave it, we’ll get a new car’. I’d get further down the line and nobody would ask what’s happening with this rusting car. Matty Fryatt has come to terms with the fact his playing career is over Credit: PAUL COOPER “I just got lost and forgotten a bit. It never felt that anyone was asking ‘is he ever going to come back’. Oh, just send him for surgery again. “It was probably the way the club operated at the time. I didn’t even meet one of the managers [Philippe Montanier]. They paid my wages and for most of the operations, so I can’t grumble at that, but nobody was accountable for things.” Another operation followed, but it had taken two years for Fryatt to finally feel any progress after a course of injections. His contract ended at Forest last summer and he trialled with Burton Albion and then his first club, Walsall, where it all began in 2003. “As much as teams were doing their best to support me, I couldn’t get back to the level needed,” he says. A very young Matty Fryatt playing for Walsall - where his career started Credit: ACTION IMAGES Fryatt can understand how Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla must be feeling. Cazorla has not played since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem but, like Fryatt six months ago, is desperate to keep the hope alive. “I don’t know the guy, but he’s been in X amount of operations in an area where there is the least blood-flow, so the healing process is terrible. It’s sounding a similar case. His Achilles is like mine without the skin graft. “I wish him well but what next? Don’t feel great, operation, what next? It’s completely different at Arsenal, but I’m looking at that thinking it’s not good for him because of the area it’s on and going from operation to operation.” Santi Cazorla has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem Fryatt is now only focusing on the future. He is about to start his ‘A license” coaching badges and appears a natural on the evidence of recent media work. “I’ve been blessed to play something that I love doing, to have a job that was a hobby and fun is everything that you dream about as a kid,” he says. “There are some great memories, such as the Leicester years and getting them promoted. I enjoyed my time at Hull and to get to a Cup final was ridiculous. I’d like to stay involved in it, or give something back. “This is a chance now to move onto the next chapter.”
Matty Fryatt finally finds 'closure' after injury ends playing career at 31
Matty Fryatt describes the decision to finally announce his retirement from football as “closure”. He has scored in every division, racked up 135 career goals at clubs including Leicester, Hull City and Nottingham Forest, and played in an FA Cup final. But after three operations on a persistent Achilles injury spanning nearly three years, and seemingly endless trips around Europe seeking a solution, he has accepted that retirement is the only option, at the age of 31. For many professional players, it is the day they dread but, for Fryatt, it almost feels like a cathartic moment, the dispersing of a dark cloud. “This is a big moment for me, but at the same time it’s been a long time coming. I haven’t played for nearly three years now so it was only natural,” he says. “I’ve given it everything, from when it all started and thinking it was going to be a minor injury to three years later and realising the only option is to call it a day. “It would have been so much easier to just run out onto the grass, feel comfortable and play a game of football, rather than go all over the world to see a surgeon in Germany, in Holland, in Portugal and getting absolutely nowhere. Matty Fryatt (left) playing for Leicester Credit: PA “When you’ve had half of your Achilles taken off, re-attached, bone smashed up and then put back on with someone saying you’ve got a good chance of coming back, it’s hard to take. This is closure, really.” Fryatt’s last game was for Forest in March 2015, but it was in November when the striker’s ordeal arguably started. Towards the end of a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham, he remembers a specific moment, picking up what he calls “a niggle” on his left Achilles. It was an innocuous incident, but ultimately life-changing. “I was jogging into their half for a goal-kick and I was just thinking, 'That feels a little bit uncomfortable',” he says. “I came into training on Monday and I couldn’t run. I thought I’d rest in the week and play on Saturday . “I did that for so long, but it was getting worse, even with the painkillers and resting as much as I could. Matty Fryatt celebrate scoring for Nottingham Forest before injury took its toll Credit: ACTION IMAGES “I was coming back in off the training pitch nearly crying, hobbling around in absolute agony. It was embarrassing. I was near enough in tears trying to run. “In the last game I played I was just like a statue. I was in real pain as well, it was ridiculous.” Fryatt had two operations, one minor and the other major in which they took away the Achilles and then re-attached it. Six-month rehabilitation followed both procedures but he never felt confident that the problem had been diagnosed properly. This unfolding nightmare occurred during a turbulent period in Forest’s history, under the chaotic regime of former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, and though Fryatt is careful to point out that the club continued to pay his wages, there is clearly frustration over how it was handled. “At Forest it was like I was a car on the driveway, rusting away and they just thought ‘just leave it, we’ll get a new car’. I’d get further down the line and nobody would ask what’s happening with this rusting car. Matty Fryatt has come to terms with the fact his playing career is over Credit: PAUL COOPER “I just got lost and forgotten a bit. It never felt that anyone was asking ‘is he ever going to come back’. Oh, just send him for surgery again. “It was probably the way the club operated at the time. I didn’t even meet one of the managers [Philippe Montanier]. They paid my wages and for most of the operations, so I can’t grumble at that, but nobody was accountable for things.” Another operation followed, but it had taken two years for Fryatt to finally feel any progress after a course of injections. His contract ended at Forest last summer and he trialled with Burton Albion and then his first club, Walsall, where it all began in 2003. “As much as teams were doing their best to support me, I couldn’t get back to the level needed,” he says. A very young Matty Fryatt playing for Walsall - where his career started Credit: ACTION IMAGES Fryatt can understand how Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla must be feeling. Cazorla has not played since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem but, like Fryatt six months ago, is desperate to keep the hope alive. “I don’t know the guy, but he’s been in X amount of operations in an area where there is the least blood-flow, so the healing process is terrible. It’s sounding a similar case. His Achilles is like mine without the skin graft. “I wish him well but what next? Don’t feel great, operation, what next? It’s completely different at Arsenal, but I’m looking at that thinking it’s not good for him because of the area it’s on and going from operation to operation.” Santi Cazorla has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem Fryatt is now only focusing on the future. He is about to start his ‘A license” coaching badges and appears a natural on the evidence of recent media work. “I’ve been blessed to play something that I love doing, to have a job that was a hobby and fun is everything that you dream about as a kid,” he says. “There are some great memories, such as the Leicester years and getting them promoted. I enjoyed my time at Hull and to get to a Cup final was ridiculous. I’d like to stay involved in it, or give something back. “This is a chance now to move onto the next chapter.”
Matty Fryatt describes the decision to finally announce his retirement from football as “closure”. He has scored in every division, racked up 135 career goals at clubs including Leicester, Hull City and Nottingham Forest, and played in an FA Cup final. But after three operations on a persistent Achilles injury spanning nearly three years, and seemingly endless trips around Europe seeking a solution, he has accepted that retirement is the only option, at the age of 31. For many professional players, it is the day they dread but, for Fryatt, it almost feels like a cathartic moment, the dispersing of a dark cloud. “This is a big moment for me, but at the same time it’s been a long time coming. I haven’t played for nearly three years now so it was only natural,” he says. “I’ve given it everything, from when it all started and thinking it was going to be a minor injury to three years later and realising the only option is to call it a day. “It would have been so much easier to just run out onto the grass, feel comfortable and play a game of football, rather than go all over the world to see a surgeon in Germany, in Holland, in Portugal and getting absolutely nowhere. Matty Fryatt (left) playing for Leicester Credit: PA “When you’ve had half of your Achilles taken off, re-attached, bone smashed up and then put back on with someone saying you’ve got a good chance of coming back, it’s hard to take. This is closure, really.” Fryatt’s last game was for Forest in March 2015, but it was in November when the striker’s ordeal arguably started. Towards the end of a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham, he remembers a specific moment, picking up what he calls “a niggle” on his left Achilles. It was an innocuous incident, but ultimately life-changing. “I was jogging into their half for a goal-kick and I was just thinking, 'That feels a little bit uncomfortable',” he says. “I came into training on Monday and I couldn’t run. I thought I’d rest in the week and play on Saturday . “I did that for so long, but it was getting worse, even with the painkillers and resting as much as I could. Matty Fryatt celebrate scoring for Nottingham Forest before injury took its toll Credit: ACTION IMAGES “I was coming back in off the training pitch nearly crying, hobbling around in absolute agony. It was embarrassing. I was near enough in tears trying to run. “In the last game I played I was just like a statue. I was in real pain as well, it was ridiculous.” Fryatt had two operations, one minor and the other major in which they took away the Achilles and then re-attached it. Six-month rehabilitation followed both procedures but he never felt confident that the problem had been diagnosed properly. This unfolding nightmare occurred during a turbulent period in Forest’s history, under the chaotic regime of former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, and though Fryatt is careful to point out that the club continued to pay his wages, there is clearly frustration over how it was handled. “At Forest it was like I was a car on the driveway, rusting away and they just thought ‘just leave it, we’ll get a new car’. I’d get further down the line and nobody would ask what’s happening with this rusting car. Matty Fryatt has come to terms with the fact his playing career is over Credit: PAUL COOPER “I just got lost and forgotten a bit. It never felt that anyone was asking ‘is he ever going to come back’. Oh, just send him for surgery again. “It was probably the way the club operated at the time. I didn’t even meet one of the managers [Philippe Montanier]. They paid my wages and for most of the operations, so I can’t grumble at that, but nobody was accountable for things.” Another operation followed, but it had taken two years for Fryatt to finally feel any progress after a course of injections. His contract ended at Forest last summer and he trialled with Burton Albion and then his first club, Walsall, where it all began in 2003. “As much as teams were doing their best to support me, I couldn’t get back to the level needed,” he says. A very young Matty Fryatt playing for Walsall - where his career started Credit: ACTION IMAGES Fryatt can understand how Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla must be feeling. Cazorla has not played since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem but, like Fryatt six months ago, is desperate to keep the hope alive. “I don’t know the guy, but he’s been in X amount of operations in an area where there is the least blood-flow, so the healing process is terrible. It’s sounding a similar case. His Achilles is like mine without the skin graft. “I wish him well but what next? Don’t feel great, operation, what next? It’s completely different at Arsenal, but I’m looking at that thinking it’s not good for him because of the area it’s on and going from operation to operation.” Santi Cazorla has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem Fryatt is now only focusing on the future. He is about to start his ‘A license” coaching badges and appears a natural on the evidence of recent media work. “I’ve been blessed to play something that I love doing, to have a job that was a hobby and fun is everything that you dream about as a kid,” he says. “There are some great memories, such as the Leicester years and getting them promoted. I enjoyed my time at Hull and to get to a Cup final was ridiculous. I’d like to stay involved in it, or give something back. “This is a chance now to move onto the next chapter.”
Matty Fryatt finally finds 'closure' after injury ends playing career at 31
Matty Fryatt describes the decision to finally announce his retirement from football as “closure”. He has scored in every division, racked up 135 career goals at clubs including Leicester, Hull City and Nottingham Forest, and played in an FA Cup final. But after three operations on a persistent Achilles injury spanning nearly three years, and seemingly endless trips around Europe seeking a solution, he has accepted that retirement is the only option, at the age of 31. For many professional players, it is the day they dread but, for Fryatt, it almost feels like a cathartic moment, the dispersing of a dark cloud. “This is a big moment for me, but at the same time it’s been a long time coming. I haven’t played for nearly three years now so it was only natural,” he says. “I’ve given it everything, from when it all started and thinking it was going to be a minor injury to three years later and realising the only option is to call it a day. “It would have been so much easier to just run out onto the grass, feel comfortable and play a game of football, rather than go all over the world to see a surgeon in Germany, in Holland, in Portugal and getting absolutely nowhere. Matty Fryatt (left) playing for Leicester Credit: PA “When you’ve had half of your Achilles taken off, re-attached, bone smashed up and then put back on with someone saying you’ve got a good chance of coming back, it’s hard to take. This is closure, really.” Fryatt’s last game was for Forest in March 2015, but it was in November when the striker’s ordeal arguably started. Towards the end of a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham, he remembers a specific moment, picking up what he calls “a niggle” on his left Achilles. It was an innocuous incident, but ultimately life-changing. “I was jogging into their half for a goal-kick and I was just thinking, 'That feels a little bit uncomfortable',” he says. “I came into training on Monday and I couldn’t run. I thought I’d rest in the week and play on Saturday . “I did that for so long, but it was getting worse, even with the painkillers and resting as much as I could. Matty Fryatt celebrate scoring for Nottingham Forest before injury took its toll Credit: ACTION IMAGES “I was coming back in off the training pitch nearly crying, hobbling around in absolute agony. It was embarrassing. I was near enough in tears trying to run. “In the last game I played I was just like a statue. I was in real pain as well, it was ridiculous.” Fryatt had two operations, one minor and the other major in which they took away the Achilles and then re-attached it. Six-month rehabilitation followed both procedures but he never felt confident that the problem had been diagnosed properly. This unfolding nightmare occurred during a turbulent period in Forest’s history, under the chaotic regime of former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, and though Fryatt is careful to point out that the club continued to pay his wages, there is clearly frustration over how it was handled. “At Forest it was like I was a car on the driveway, rusting away and they just thought ‘just leave it, we’ll get a new car’. I’d get further down the line and nobody would ask what’s happening with this rusting car. Matty Fryatt has come to terms with the fact his playing career is over Credit: PAUL COOPER “I just got lost and forgotten a bit. It never felt that anyone was asking ‘is he ever going to come back’. Oh, just send him for surgery again. “It was probably the way the club operated at the time. I didn’t even meet one of the managers [Philippe Montanier]. They paid my wages and for most of the operations, so I can’t grumble at that, but nobody was accountable for things.” Another operation followed, but it had taken two years for Fryatt to finally feel any progress after a course of injections. His contract ended at Forest last summer and he trialled with Burton Albion and then his first club, Walsall, where it all began in 2003. “As much as teams were doing their best to support me, I couldn’t get back to the level needed,” he says. A very young Matty Fryatt playing for Walsall - where his career started Credit: ACTION IMAGES Fryatt can understand how Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla must be feeling. Cazorla has not played since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem but, like Fryatt six months ago, is desperate to keep the hope alive. “I don’t know the guy, but he’s been in X amount of operations in an area where there is the least blood-flow, so the healing process is terrible. It’s sounding a similar case. His Achilles is like mine without the skin graft. “I wish him well but what next? Don’t feel great, operation, what next? It’s completely different at Arsenal, but I’m looking at that thinking it’s not good for him because of the area it’s on and going from operation to operation.” Santi Cazorla has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem Fryatt is now only focusing on the future. He is about to start his ‘A license” coaching badges and appears a natural on the evidence of recent media work. “I’ve been blessed to play something that I love doing, to have a job that was a hobby and fun is everything that you dream about as a kid,” he says. “There are some great memories, such as the Leicester years and getting them promoted. I enjoyed my time at Hull and to get to a Cup final was ridiculous. I’d like to stay involved in it, or give something back. “This is a chance now to move onto the next chapter.”
Matty Fryatt describes the decision to finally announce his retirement from football as “closure”. He has scored in every division, racked up 135 career goals at clubs including Leicester, Hull City and Nottingham Forest, and played in an FA Cup final. But after three operations on a persistent Achilles injury spanning nearly three years, and seemingly endless trips around Europe seeking a solution, he has accepted that retirement is the only option, at the age of 31. For many professional players, it is the day they dread but, for Fryatt, it almost feels like a cathartic moment, the dispersing of a dark cloud. “This is a big moment for me, but at the same time it’s been a long time coming. I haven’t played for nearly three years now so it was only natural,” he says. “I’ve given it everything, from when it all started and thinking it was going to be a minor injury to three years later and realising the only option is to call it a day. “It would have been so much easier to just run out onto the grass, feel comfortable and play a game of football, rather than go all over the world to see a surgeon in Germany, in Holland, in Portugal and getting absolutely nowhere. Matty Fryatt (left) playing for Leicester Credit: PA “When you’ve had half of your Achilles taken off, re-attached, bone smashed up and then put back on with someone saying you’ve got a good chance of coming back, it’s hard to take. This is closure, really.” Fryatt’s last game was for Forest in March 2015, but it was in November when the striker’s ordeal arguably started. Towards the end of a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham, he remembers a specific moment, picking up what he calls “a niggle” on his left Achilles. It was an innocuous incident, but ultimately life-changing. “I was jogging into their half for a goal-kick and I was just thinking, 'That feels a little bit uncomfortable',” he says. “I came into training on Monday and I couldn’t run. I thought I’d rest in the week and play on Saturday . “I did that for so long, but it was getting worse, even with the painkillers and resting as much as I could. Matty Fryatt celebrate scoring for Nottingham Forest before injury took its toll Credit: ACTION IMAGES “I was coming back in off the training pitch nearly crying, hobbling around in absolute agony. It was embarrassing. I was near enough in tears trying to run. “In the last game I played I was just like a statue. I was in real pain as well, it was ridiculous.” Fryatt had two operations, one minor and the other major in which they took away the Achilles and then re-attached it. Six-month rehabilitation followed both procedures but he never felt confident that the problem had been diagnosed properly. This unfolding nightmare occurred during a turbulent period in Forest’s history, under the chaotic regime of former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, and though Fryatt is careful to point out that the club continued to pay his wages, there is clearly frustration over how it was handled. “At Forest it was like I was a car on the driveway, rusting away and they just thought ‘just leave it, we’ll get a new car’. I’d get further down the line and nobody would ask what’s happening with this rusting car. Matty Fryatt has come to terms with the fact his playing career is over Credit: PAUL COOPER “I just got lost and forgotten a bit. It never felt that anyone was asking ‘is he ever going to come back’. Oh, just send him for surgery again. “It was probably the way the club operated at the time. I didn’t even meet one of the managers [Philippe Montanier]. They paid my wages and for most of the operations, so I can’t grumble at that, but nobody was accountable for things.” Another operation followed, but it had taken two years for Fryatt to finally feel any progress after a course of injections. His contract ended at Forest last summer and he trialled with Burton Albion and then his first club, Walsall, where it all began in 2003. “As much as teams were doing their best to support me, I couldn’t get back to the level needed,” he says. A very young Matty Fryatt playing for Walsall - where his career started Credit: ACTION IMAGES Fryatt can understand how Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla must be feeling. Cazorla has not played since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem but, like Fryatt six months ago, is desperate to keep the hope alive. “I don’t know the guy, but he’s been in X amount of operations in an area where there is the least blood-flow, so the healing process is terrible. It’s sounding a similar case. His Achilles is like mine without the skin graft. “I wish him well but what next? Don’t feel great, operation, what next? It’s completely different at Arsenal, but I’m looking at that thinking it’s not good for him because of the area it’s on and going from operation to operation.” Santi Cazorla has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem Fryatt is now only focusing on the future. He is about to start his ‘A license” coaching badges and appears a natural on the evidence of recent media work. “I’ve been blessed to play something that I love doing, to have a job that was a hobby and fun is everything that you dream about as a kid,” he says. “There are some great memories, such as the Leicester years and getting them promoted. I enjoyed my time at Hull and to get to a Cup final was ridiculous. I’d like to stay involved in it, or give something back. “This is a chance now to move onto the next chapter.”
Matty Fryatt finally finds 'closure' after injury ends playing career at 31
Matty Fryatt describes the decision to finally announce his retirement from football as “closure”. He has scored in every division, racked up 135 career goals at clubs including Leicester, Hull City and Nottingham Forest, and played in an FA Cup final. But after three operations on a persistent Achilles injury spanning nearly three years, and seemingly endless trips around Europe seeking a solution, he has accepted that retirement is the only option, at the age of 31. For many professional players, it is the day they dread but, for Fryatt, it almost feels like a cathartic moment, the dispersing of a dark cloud. “This is a big moment for me, but at the same time it’s been a long time coming. I haven’t played for nearly three years now so it was only natural,” he says. “I’ve given it everything, from when it all started and thinking it was going to be a minor injury to three years later and realising the only option is to call it a day. “It would have been so much easier to just run out onto the grass, feel comfortable and play a game of football, rather than go all over the world to see a surgeon in Germany, in Holland, in Portugal and getting absolutely nowhere. Matty Fryatt (left) playing for Leicester Credit: PA “When you’ve had half of your Achilles taken off, re-attached, bone smashed up and then put back on with someone saying you’ve got a good chance of coming back, it’s hard to take. This is closure, really.” Fryatt’s last game was for Forest in March 2015, but it was in November when the striker’s ordeal arguably started. Towards the end of a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham, he remembers a specific moment, picking up what he calls “a niggle” on his left Achilles. It was an innocuous incident, but ultimately life-changing. “I was jogging into their half for a goal-kick and I was just thinking, 'That feels a little bit uncomfortable',” he says. “I came into training on Monday and I couldn’t run. I thought I’d rest in the week and play on Saturday . “I did that for so long, but it was getting worse, even with the painkillers and resting as much as I could. Matty Fryatt celebrate scoring for Nottingham Forest before injury took its toll Credit: ACTION IMAGES “I was coming back in off the training pitch nearly crying, hobbling around in absolute agony. It was embarrassing. I was near enough in tears trying to run. “In the last game I played I was just like a statue. I was in real pain as well, it was ridiculous.” Fryatt had two operations, one minor and the other major in which they took away the Achilles and then re-attached it. Six-month rehabilitation followed both procedures but he never felt confident that the problem had been diagnosed properly. This unfolding nightmare occurred during a turbulent period in Forest’s history, under the chaotic regime of former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, and though Fryatt is careful to point out that the club continued to pay his wages, there is clearly frustration over how it was handled. “At Forest it was like I was a car on the driveway, rusting away and they just thought ‘just leave it, we’ll get a new car’. I’d get further down the line and nobody would ask what’s happening with this rusting car. Matty Fryatt has come to terms with the fact his playing career is over Credit: PAUL COOPER “I just got lost and forgotten a bit. It never felt that anyone was asking ‘is he ever going to come back’. Oh, just send him for surgery again. “It was probably the way the club operated at the time. I didn’t even meet one of the managers [Philippe Montanier]. They paid my wages and for most of the operations, so I can’t grumble at that, but nobody was accountable for things.” Another operation followed, but it had taken two years for Fryatt to finally feel any progress after a course of injections. His contract ended at Forest last summer and he trialled with Burton Albion and then his first club, Walsall, where it all began in 2003. “As much as teams were doing their best to support me, I couldn’t get back to the level needed,” he says. A very young Matty Fryatt playing for Walsall - where his career started Credit: ACTION IMAGES Fryatt can understand how Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla must be feeling. Cazorla has not played since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem but, like Fryatt six months ago, is desperate to keep the hope alive. “I don’t know the guy, but he’s been in X amount of operations in an area where there is the least blood-flow, so the healing process is terrible. It’s sounding a similar case. His Achilles is like mine without the skin graft. “I wish him well but what next? Don’t feel great, operation, what next? It’s completely different at Arsenal, but I’m looking at that thinking it’s not good for him because of the area it’s on and going from operation to operation.” Santi Cazorla has not played for Arsenal since October 2016 after multiple operations on a persistent ankle problem Fryatt is now only focusing on the future. He is about to start his ‘A license” coaching badges and appears a natural on the evidence of recent media work. “I’ve been blessed to play something that I love doing, to have a job that was a hobby and fun is everything that you dream about as a kid,” he says. “There are some great memories, such as the Leicester years and getting them promoted. I enjoyed my time at Hull and to get to a Cup final was ridiculous. I’d like to stay involved in it, or give something back. “This is a chance now to move onto the next chapter.”
Leeds United are on the verge of appointing Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom as the club's new head coach to replace Thomas Christiansen who was sacked on Sunday. The 40-year-old, from the South Yorkshire coalfield village of Royston, played for and managed his boyhood club, steering them to promotion from League One in 2016 having taken over in February with the club in 18th place. He also won the Football League Trophy with a 3-2 victory over Oxford United during that spell as caretaker manager before signing a one-year rolling contract in the summer. Heckingbottom took Barnsley up to eighth in the Championship but had to sell Conor Hourihane, Sam Winnall and James Bree during the January window, having already parted with Alfie Mawson at the end of August which contributed significantly to Barnsley's slide down to 14th. At the start of this season Heckingbottom was also forced to sell his captain, Marc Roberts, to Birmingham City but his reputation has not been damaged by Barnsley's flirtation with relegation this season. He was strongly linked to vacancies at Sunderland and Nottingham Forest because of admiration for his work in trying financial circumstances. The former Sunderland trainee signed a new contract with Barnsley only last Friday but it is understood that a release clause of about £500,000 was included and that Leeds triggered it on Monday afternoon less than 24 hours after Christiansen's departure. Thomas Christiansen was sacked after the 4-1 defeat by Cardiff Credit: Stephen Pond/Getty Images Leeds sources suggest Heckingbottom will agree a contract on Monday night in time to take training to on Tuesday for his first match in charge against Sheffield United on Saturday. It is not the first time that Leeds have turned to Oakwell for a new manager, luring their former striker Allan Clarke back to Elland Road in 1980. Leeds were relegated from the First Division under his charge two years later.
Leeds United poised to appoint Barnsley's Paul Heckingbottom as head coach
Leeds United are on the verge of appointing Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom as the club's new head coach to replace Thomas Christiansen who was sacked on Sunday. The 40-year-old, from the South Yorkshire coalfield village of Royston, played for and managed his boyhood club, steering them to promotion from League One in 2016 having taken over in February with the club in 18th place. He also won the Football League Trophy with a 3-2 victory over Oxford United during that spell as caretaker manager before signing a one-year rolling contract in the summer. Heckingbottom took Barnsley up to eighth in the Championship but had to sell Conor Hourihane, Sam Winnall and James Bree during the January window, having already parted with Alfie Mawson at the end of August which contributed significantly to Barnsley's slide down to 14th. At the start of this season Heckingbottom was also forced to sell his captain, Marc Roberts, to Birmingham City but his reputation has not been damaged by Barnsley's flirtation with relegation this season. He was strongly linked to vacancies at Sunderland and Nottingham Forest because of admiration for his work in trying financial circumstances. The former Sunderland trainee signed a new contract with Barnsley only last Friday but it is understood that a release clause of about £500,000 was included and that Leeds triggered it on Monday afternoon less than 24 hours after Christiansen's departure. Thomas Christiansen was sacked after the 4-1 defeat by Cardiff Credit: Stephen Pond/Getty Images Leeds sources suggest Heckingbottom will agree a contract on Monday night in time to take training to on Tuesday for his first match in charge against Sheffield United on Saturday. It is not the first time that Leeds have turned to Oakwell for a new manager, luring their former striker Allan Clarke back to Elland Road in 1980. Leeds were relegated from the First Division under his charge two years later.
Leeds United are on the verge of appointing Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom as the club's new head coach to replace Thomas Christiansen who was sacked on Sunday. The 40-year-old, from the South Yorkshire coalfield village of Royston, played for and managed his boyhood club, steering them to promotion from League One in 2016 having taken over in February with the club in 18th place. He also won the Football League Trophy with a 3-2 victory over Oxford United during that spell as caretaker manager before signing a one-year rolling contract in the summer. Heckingbottom took Barnsley up to eighth in the Championship but had to sell Conor Hourihane, Sam Winnall and James Bree during the January window, having already parted with Alfie Mawson at the end of August which contributed significantly to Barnsley's slide down to 14th. At the start of this season Heckingbottom was also forced to sell his captain, Marc Roberts, to Birmingham City but his reputation has not been damaged by Barnsley's flirtation with relegation this season. He was strongly linked to vacancies at Sunderland and Nottingham Forest because of admiration for his work in trying financial circumstances. The former Sunderland trainee signed a new contract with Barnsley only last Friday but it is understood that a release clause of about £500,000 was included and that Leeds triggered it on Monday afternoon less than 24 hours after Christiansen's departure. Thomas Christiansen was sacked after the 4-1 defeat by Cardiff Credit: Stephen Pond/Getty Images Leeds sources suggest Heckingbottom will agree a contract on Monday night in time to take training to on Tuesday for his first match in charge against Sheffield United on Saturday. It is not the first time that Leeds have turned to Oakwell for a new manager, luring their former striker Allan Clarke back to Elland Road in 1980. Leeds were relegated from the First Division under his charge two years later.
Leeds United poised to appoint Barnsley's Paul Heckingbottom as head coach
Leeds United are on the verge of appointing Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom as the club's new head coach to replace Thomas Christiansen who was sacked on Sunday. The 40-year-old, from the South Yorkshire coalfield village of Royston, played for and managed his boyhood club, steering them to promotion from League One in 2016 having taken over in February with the club in 18th place. He also won the Football League Trophy with a 3-2 victory over Oxford United during that spell as caretaker manager before signing a one-year rolling contract in the summer. Heckingbottom took Barnsley up to eighth in the Championship but had to sell Conor Hourihane, Sam Winnall and James Bree during the January window, having already parted with Alfie Mawson at the end of August which contributed significantly to Barnsley's slide down to 14th. At the start of this season Heckingbottom was also forced to sell his captain, Marc Roberts, to Birmingham City but his reputation has not been damaged by Barnsley's flirtation with relegation this season. He was strongly linked to vacancies at Sunderland and Nottingham Forest because of admiration for his work in trying financial circumstances. The former Sunderland trainee signed a new contract with Barnsley only last Friday but it is understood that a release clause of about £500,000 was included and that Leeds triggered it on Monday afternoon less than 24 hours after Christiansen's departure. Thomas Christiansen was sacked after the 4-1 defeat by Cardiff Credit: Stephen Pond/Getty Images Leeds sources suggest Heckingbottom will agree a contract on Monday night in time to take training to on Tuesday for his first match in charge against Sheffield United on Saturday. It is not the first time that Leeds have turned to Oakwell for a new manager, luring their former striker Allan Clarke back to Elland Road in 1980. Leeds were relegated from the First Division under his charge two years later.
Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? Mahrez hands in transfer request but Leicester will hold out for £90m Mahrez may not make it to Man City - but why is their solution always to write a cheque? How will Sanchez fit in at Man Utd, and who loses out most? What will Olivier Giroud bring to Chelsea? Manchester City's proposed deal for Riyad Mahrez fell through after the club were put off by Leicester's valuation of the Algeria forward. City were said to be willing to pay around £60million for the 26-year-old but ended discussions, despite the player handing in a transfer request in a bid to force a move to join Pep Guardiola's side. "He's a Leicester player", said Guardiola about Mahrez, following his side's 3-0 win over West Brom. "I don't talk about it too much, the window is over, the guys who are here will finish the season." City's withdrawal from the Mahrez deal was one of many twists on a busy deadline-day which saw Arsenal, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund involved in a three-way transfer. Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's arrival at Arsenal for a club-record fee from Dortmund was confirmed just after 11:15am and then, just before the transfer window closed in Germany, it was announced that Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi had completed a loan switch to the Bundesliga side. That in turn had paved the way for Olivier Giroud to leave Arsenal and be unveiled as a Chelsea player, for a fee of £18million. The France forward was at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to see his new team suffer a shock 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth. What will Olivier Giroud bring to Chelsea and where will he fit in? Arsenal failed with a late approach for Jonny Evans, bidding far below West Brom's valuation of the defender. Mathieu Debuchy followed Giroud out of the Emirates Stadium, joining French side St Etienne until the end of the season after his Arsenal contract was terminated. Tottenham completed the signing of winger Lucas Moura from Paris St Germain on a contract until 2023. Moura moves to Spurs for £25million, having fallen behind Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the PSG pecking order, and was presented to the crowd at half time during Spurs 2-0 win over Manchester United - the same club which the 25-year-old Brazilian was strongly linked with when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge at Old Trafford. Lucas Moura was presented to Spurs at half time on Wednesday night Credit: GETTY IMAGES Watford brought Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong in on loan, while goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg signed a five-and-a-half-year deal from Goteborg before returning to the Swedish side on loan for the rest of the season. Costel Pantilimon and Isaac Success were both sent out on loan for the rest of the season, to Nottingham Forest and Malaga respectively. Elsewhere, Everton's England Under-21 winger Ademola Lookman joined Bundesliga club RB Leipzig on loan for the rest of the season, while Stoke signed Badou Ndiaye for £14million. He was present at the Bet365 stadium for the 1-1 draw with Watford. Newcastle were able to sign two players at the very last minute, taking Islam Slimani on loan for Leicester until the end of the season and were close to confirming another loan deal, this one for Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, by the time the transfer window had closed. Jack Colback moved to Nottingham Forest on loan and Rafa Benitez concluded his deadline day business by sending young English goalkeeper Freddie Woodman out on loan to Aberdeen, where he will gain first team experience covering for the injured Joe Lewis. 11:53PM A tale of two strikers CONFIRMED: Newcastle United forward Aleksandar Mitrović has joined @FulhamFC on loan until the end of the season. #NUFCpic.twitter.com/miyvQJLv1v— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 31, 2018 CONFIRMED: The deal to bring Islam Slimani to Newcastle United on loan until the end of the season is complete! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/avtJGgtxfk— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 31, 2018 That's a £30million striker on loan. The Premier League transfer market is mental. And don't forget about Jack Colback. CONFIRMED: Midfielder Jack Colback has signed for @NFFC on loan until the end of the season. Full story: https://t.co/jidXDLk1nu#NUFCpic.twitter.com/stOYOfsGpO— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 31, 2018 11:31PM Here's a strange one Andy King has moved to Swansea on loan. Welcome to Swansea City, @10_kingy! ���������������� We're pleased to confirm the Welsh midfielder has joined us on loan until the end of the season ➡️ https://t.co/R6DK0zy2JVpic.twitter.com/FSuFtv8AqI— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) January 31, 2018 And Leicester have confirmed that Islam Slimani will also move out on loan, to Newcastle. 11:28PM TDD summarised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joins Arsenal for club-record fee from Dortmund Mesut Ozil agrees a new Arsenal contract that will take him to 2021 Michy Batshuayi signs for Dortmund on loan Olivier Giroud moves to Chelsea Man City pull out of Riyad Mahrez deal over Leicester's asking price Lucas Moura completes £25m switch to Tottenham Reece Oxford rejoins Borussia Monchengladbach on loan until end of the season Swansea break club record to buy £20million Andre Ayew (again) Watford sign Sunderland's Didier Ndong on loan Stoke buy Badou Ndiaye for £14million Newcastle confirm signings of Islam Slimani and Martin Dubravka Eliaquim Mangala close to a loan switch to Everton Ademola Lookman heads to RB Leipzig on loan in move Sam Allardyce describes as one of the weirdest he's been involved in 11:09PM Some excellent quotes from Antonio Conte here Matt Lawhas some very telling words from the Chelsea boss, who is said to look thoroughly downhearted after Chelsea's defeat to Bournemouth. “We must be worried (about the top four),” said head coach Conte. “We must be worried. It won't be easy. But this is normal. “If we want to speak about football and if we think to understand football, we know very well this will be very difficult for us. If we want only to dream and not see the reality – in this case, I can tell you now we can fight to win the title this season! “It will be very important to look at the reality and to know that, if we are able to reach a place in the Champions League, it will be a great success for us. Otherwise we have a normal season.” 11:04PM Even though the window's closed... Clubs can still complete deals. They're allowed to get an extension to 1am if they ask nicely enough. The window closes in Scotland at 12am, which means there's still time for Aberdeen to sign Kevin De Bruyne. Also: Middlesbrough defender Cyrus Christie set to sign for Fulham in a deal worth up to £4m. Initial £3m + further £1m in add-ons #fulhamfc#mfc#dcfc— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) January 31, 2018 11:03PM Live footage of Riyad Mahrez at home 11:00PM THE TRANSFER WINDOW IS CLOSED 10:57PM Two minutes left CAN YOU HEAR THE GIANT CLOCK TICKING OUTSIDE? 10:55PM Newcastle sign a goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka had his medical before and after the Newcastle 1 - 1 Burnley match and should be confirmed in the next few minutes. Hopefully. As long as the paperwork is done the clubs can announce whatever whenever they want. 10:47PM Lazar Markovic off to Anderlecht Remember him? He's gone on loan to the Belgian club. The same Belgian club that Mitrovic was meant to sign for. 10:45PM 15 minutes to go And someone has sent a picture of their dog in a yellow tie to Sky Sports. It's all happening now. 10:34PM Islam Slimani joins Newcastle United A signing! They've done it! 10:29PM Man City done for the window #PEP: We have just three strikers but from now on Lukas Nmecha is going to train with the first team. But Gabriel is coming back soon. We were not able to buy another striker.— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 31, 2018 10:25PM Aleksandar Mitrovic on his way to Anderlecht. Or is he? According to Sky Sports, he flew all the way to Belgium to find out that Anderlecht couldn't sign him for a reason I don't entirely understand but which sounds like they weren't able to get a player off their books and had no room to sign him. Regardless, he's not going there and has ended up heading in a plane to London to sign a loan deal at Fulham. In other Newcastle news, Martin Dúbravka is very close to signing, while Islam Slimani has apparently passed his medical and will join on loan. 10:19PM Sam Allardyce on Lookman's move to Liepzig "It's one of the most unusual situations I've been in. It was his choice. He was adamant he wanted Germany. We tried to persuade him not to. But his stubbornness got him his way." 10:15PM 45 minutes to go OH MY LORD can you even believe it? Who will the transfer hawk swoop for next? Which top striker will be gripped in football talons? Stay with me for all the information on all the exciting transfers which may or may not happen in the next under-an-hour! 10:06PM Lucas Moura at half time Credit: GETTY IMAGES Lucas Moura was announced to Spurs fans at Wembley during half time of Spurs' remarkable 2-0 win over Man Utd that just finished. You can follow all the live reaction to that with Alan Tyers over in our liveblog. 10:02PM Newcastle fans not happy You may already have seen this amazing crowd display at St James' Park from tonight's match against Burnley: Credit: PA It's a Kevin Keegan quote and reads: “Don’t ever give up on your club. Keep supporting it, it’s your club and trust me, one day you will get your club back and it will be everything you wanted it to be. "Newcastle United is bigger than anyone. It hurts I know, but just keep going. He is only one man we are a city, a whole population. Trust me.” So over 11 seasons @NUFC net spend has been £4.5m a season. Throw in the TV money and ever present gate money....�� One hour left to spend some and give them a chance! Well done to the fans tonight for showing their love for the club. Shame others don't share it. #NUFC— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) January 31, 2018 Still no signings announced tonight... 9:45PM Deadline day update Here's what we know so far: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal for club-record fee from Dortmund Mesut Ozil agrees a new Arsenal contract that will take him to 2021 Michy Batshuayi signs for Dortmund on loan Olivier Giroud moves to Chelsea Man City pull out of Riyad Mahrez deal over Leicester's asking price Lucas Moura completes £25m switch to Tottenham Islam Slimani is in Newcastle having a medical ahead of a loan move Martin Dúbravka, the Slovakia goalkeeper, is heading to England to complete a loan move to St James' Park Eliaquim Mangala close to a loan switch to Everton West Ham have a bid rejected for Anderlecht's Leander Dendoncker Reece Oxford has rejoined Borussia Monchengladbach on loan until end of the season Swansea break club record to buy £20million Andre Ayew Watford sign Sunderland's Didier Ndong on loan Stoke buy Badou Ndiaye for £14million 9:25PM Alexander Sorloth He has a name like a B-plot character from Game of Thrones, but to Crystal Palace fans, Alexander Sorloth might offer hope! Crystal Palace are very close to sealing a £9million transfer for the Norwegian striker. 9:10PM Islam Slimani almost done... Sources at both Newcastle & Leicester tell us Islam Slimani has passed his Newcastle medical.— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 31, 2018 9:03PM Manchester United sign a goalkeeper! But they're playing an important game at Wembley. How could it be? Matej Kovar is a 17-year-old from Czech Republic who likes to stop footballs going between the metal sticks. He's had a successful trial at Man Utd and will join their youth academy. 9:01PM David Silva off injured Man City's Spanish superstar has been substituted in the game against West Brom because he can't shake off an injury. Riyad Mahrez is sitting at home worrying about how much his football friends don't like him any more. 1+1 = £90million bid. 8:53PM Stoke sign expensive footballer! Even more genuine transfer news for you! Stoke have signed Badou Ndiaye for £15million, which I suppose isn't that expensive in the grand scheme of things. He moves from Turkish club Galatasaray but won't be able to play until a work permit is sorted. 8:52PM Swansea sign Andre Ayew! This is one that's been going on all day and has just been confirmed now. #AyewBack ������ pic.twitter.com/8WSOY4pP9m— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) January 31, 2018 Andre Ayew, brother of Jordan and ex-Swansea player, has signed from West Ham on a three-and-a-half year deal in a club record transfer worth £20million. 8:27PM Man City's record transfer playing well Credit: AFP Man City's new centre-back Aymeric Laporte is playing well at the heart of Man City's defence this evening. Fernandinho has put them ahead against Alan Pardew's West Brom. I wonder how much both Pep and Alan are aware of behind the scenes in regards to transfers going on right now. Here's Laporte feeding a turtle. Aymeric Laporte feeding a tortoise pic.twitter.com/RYSxVxP1wo— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) January 31, 2018 7:54PM Swansea spending some money to reunite family By John Percy. Swansea are breaking their transfer record to re-sign Andre Ayew in a deal worth up to £18m. Ayew is returning to the Liberty Stadium from West Ham in a record deal which eclipses the £15.5m paid out for striker Borja Baston in the summer of 2016. Andy King, the Leicester midfielder, is also signing on loan - a big moment for the Wales international as he leaves the Midlands club for the first time since 2004. 7:48PM Everton spring a surprise Chris Bascombe has this for us: Bit of shock at Goodison before kick-off as Everton announce winger Ademola Lookman will spend the rest of the season with RB Leipzig. Lookman has looked promising when used, but opportunities have been limited. Plenty on Merseyside would have liked to see the 20-year-old get more chances. 7:07PM Newcastle transfer confirmed! But it's a loan. And the player is moving away from the club. And it's Henri Saivet, who doesn't really get a game anyway. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The Senegalese international has joined Sivassport in Turkey until the end of the season. And there's even more news: Rolando Aarons has joined Serie A side @HellasVeronaFC on loan until the end of the season. All the best in Italy, @RolandoAarons! ���� https://t.co/KStuBEFzfV#NUFCpic.twitter.com/uNAvvpq7gD— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 31, 2018 6:52PM Arsenal fail in bid for Jonny Evans John Percy has even more wonderful insider knowledge on Arsenal's failed Jonny Evans bid: Arsenal have failed with a late - and derisory - £12m offer for long-term target Jonny Evans. West Brom have snubbed Arsenal's last-ditch attempt to sign the Northern Ireland international, who will now be staying at the Hawthorns despite interest from Manchester City and Everton. Apparently it was a very brief conversation. It has to be said Evans has conducted himself brilliantly throughout this window (and indeed the summer) and many other Premier League players could learn a lot off him. 6:32PM Lucas Moura signs for Spurs He might regret that after watching this video: �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 A great signing for Spurs though. He's 25, hugely talented and can play in a few different positions and for £25million is something of a steal. 6:28PM Inside scoops from John Percy Aitor Karanka was so annoyed with Forest's 3-0 home defeat to Preston on Tuesday he's buying an entire new midfield. Ben Watson, the Watford player, is set to join on loan after being withdrawn from the squad to play Stoke - days after admitting it was the biggest game of Watford's season. Newcastle's Jack Colback and Middlesbrough's Adlene Guedioura are also set to join the Championship club. 6:27PM Deadline Day So much is happening and it sounds like there is a lot more which could and will go on between now and 11pm. And that's ignoring the actual football games which are taking place tonight. Here's a roundup of what we've seen so far today: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal for club-record fee from Dortmund Mesut Ozil agrees a new Arsenal contract that will take him to 2021 Michy Batshuayi sings for Dortmund on loan Olivier Giroud moves to Chelsea Man City pull out of Riyad Mahrez deal over Leicester's asking price Lucas Moura is expected to complete £25m switch to Tottenham Islam Slimani is in Newcastle having a medical ahead of a loan move Martin Dúbravka, the Slovakia goalkeeper, is heading to England to complete a loan move to St James' Park Eliaquim Mangala is close to a loan switch to Everton West Ham have a bid rejected for Anderlecht's Leander Dendoncker Reece Oxford has rejoined Borussia Monchengladbach on loan until end of the season Watford sign Sunderland's Didier Ndong on loan 6:24PM Team bonding going well at Arsenal Together again ���� #YoPierrepic.twitter.com/nPc2TPsQrc— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2018 6:18PM Lucas Moura move still on! Jason Burt Lucas Moura’s £25million move from Paris Saint-Germain to Tottenham Hotspur is still on. Sources close to the deal remain confident it will be signed off this evening, before the 11pm deadline, amid concern over the delay. The Brazilian winger was waiting for a piece of documentation to complete the deal after a fee and personal terms were finalised. The financial side of the deal was fully agreed on Tuesday evening. The 25-year-old has passed his medical while Spurs fans have grown increasingly anxious at the delay over it being formally announced. 6:13PM Leicester sign Callum Wright It's not the Leicester transfer related news you might be constantly refreshing various websites for, but Callum Wright has joined Leicester from Blackburn Rovers on a three-and-a-half-year deal. 6:07PM How a transfer works Three years ago I made this. Three years. Has anything changed? The references are a little dated but otherwise... not really. 6:05PM Newcastle appealing to higher powers And they said polytheism was dead. So Newcastle will have a Mohammed, Jesus, Christian and Islam all in the squad. We need the help of every god and religion going tbf #nufc— Adam Stoker (@ADStoker) January 31, 2018 5:54PM Didier Ndong moves to Watford on loan That's a really strange move. Usually Premier League clubs loan fringe players to Championship clubs, not Championship clubs loaning their better players to the big league! �� | Fancy some transfer news?! Didier Ndong has signed for #watfordfc on loan from @SunderlandAFC for the rest of this season, while the club also have the option on a permanent transfer in the summer. Welcome, Didier! �� More here ⤵️https://t.co/eubhCzejaypic.twitter.com/15DC61zxrH— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) January 31, 2018 A Gabonese international midfielder, Ndong is Sunderland's all time record transfer. Great business by Watford. 5:37PM Aubameyang words as an Arsenal player I'm really happy to be here and I can join Micky! It's great to be here in this great team. The club has a big history, they have great players like Thierry Henry, I'm really happy. 5:10PM Reece Oxford back to Borussia Monchengladbach on loan Reece Oxford howls into the night sky to summon Borussia Monchengladbach contract negotiators Credit: GETTY IMAGES The highly rated young English defender came home for Christmas but has decided to go out on loan again in order to get games for a European football chasing club, instead of sitting in the youth team/reserves/bench at a Premier League club keen to spend spend spend on shiny new ready made players. FAO other young UK born Premier League footballers: you play more abroad. To be fair to David Moyes, he did bring Oxford on as a sub against the mighty Wigan and Shrewsbury. And he gave him four minutes against Crystal Palace. 5:05PM City's shenanigans Good of City to call off Mahrez bid after completely unsettling the player and messing up his relationship with Leicester.— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 31, 2018 I agree with Matt. 5:04PM Aston Villa to sign Lewis Grabban on loan John Percy has this for us: Lewis Grabban scoring for Sunderland Credit: GETTY IMAGES Aston Villa are set to sign Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban on loan. Villa have beaten off Championship rivals Cardiff in the race to sign Grabban, who is having a medical. The capture of Grabban ends Steve Bruce’s pursuit of a striker, after Leonardo Ulloa opted to join Brighton from Leicester. 5:02PM Giroud holding a blue shirt How does this make you feel, Arsenal fans? Welcome to Chelsea, @_OlivierGiroud_! ��#GiroudIsBluepic.twitter.com/rY1VRsgyYk— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 31, 2018 The striker has signed an 18 month contract with Chelsea. I reckon that's an absolutely superb signing for Antonio Conte and means he can use his Euro 2016 Italy tactical setup, knocking balls long to the target man and getting the rest of the troops to advance quickly up the pitch! Dan Zeqiri's article on where Giroud fits into Chelsea's plans is excellent, and below: What will Olivier Giroud bring to Chelsea and where will he fit in? Michael Owen's analysis isn't quite as in depth. It is shorter though. Giroud a solid signing for Chelsea. Definitely a better option than Batshuayi who has been shipped off on loan to Dortmund.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) January 31, 2018 4:55PM Michy Batshuayi signs for Borussia Dortmund on loan! I don't speak German (where's Ben Bloom when you need him?) but can work this one out. Batshuayi is off to Germany! �� BVB leiht Michy #Batshuayi bis Saisonende vom @ChelseaFC aus! Alle Infos: https://t.co/WUplWHl5b4pic.twitter.com/za5nQaT2dT— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 31, 2018 4:53PM Man City pull out of Riyad Mahrez deal According to Sky Sports, Man City have decided to walk away from a transfer for Riyad Mahrez because Leicester want way too much money for him. More on that as we get it! That'll be an awkward changing room for Mahrez tonight. 4:45PM Thierry Henry's opinion on Arsenal's business "Sanchez was always going to be like that, we got Mkhitaryan. Yes we lost Sanchez, Chamberlain, about to lose Giroud, Walcott - I'm not gong to name everyone (he just has). We got some players in return, that can be a plus. "When I played there were always two strikers, now managers like to pack the midfield. You might think those two have similar attributes, they do, and I don't know what Arsene is going to do or to play with two strikers, but it is an idea. "I rate him (Aubameyang) a lot but what I rate even more is goals. Like I always say the supporting case needs always to play to this level." 4:34PM Busy busy busy Hello everyone, JJ Bull here for Transfer Deadline Day. I used to love this day. There is a lot going on at various clubs this evening though and this might actually be something close to very exciting. Newcastle are busy - Islam Slimani is having a medical, apparently - West Ham are doing things, Man City are up to tricks, Arsenal want to buy people. I'll be bringing you all the lovely transfer news right through until the window shuts. 4:00PM One more in at Arsenal? 'They'd be better off spending all that money on defenders', has been a popular refrain among Arsenal sceptics. Well they might be about to according to BBC Sport's David Ornstein... Hearing whispers (nothing concrete) Arsenal have been exploring possibility of signing David Luiz from Chelsea as part of Giroud deal - as per @DavidWoodsStar yesterday - or Roma’s Kostas Manolas. Would be one or other, no idea if it will happen. Defence a clear concern #AFC#CFC— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 31, 2018 3:40PM Giroud is a done deal! As reported earlier initial 18 month contract for Giroud to fit into Chelsea policy for over 30s - he’ll have a year left like cesc, Pedro and Luiz at the end of the season and will only be offered one year option/extension. Dzeko wanted two and a half years— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 31, 2018 3:34PM Man City make third bid for Riyad Mahrez Jason Burt Manchester City have submitted a third bid for Riyad Mahrez. The offer is believed to be in excess of £60million – although it still falls someway short of the £90million British record valuation that Leicester City were quoting on Tuesday. Mahrez is desperate to make the move before the transfer window closes having submitted a transfer request. It is possible that City will return with yet another offer, if this one is rejected, and the make-up of the latest bid is unclear amid claims they may also be willing to offer Leicester a player. City have so far failed with offers of around £50million and £55million for the Algerian international who is not in the squad for Leicester’s Premier League fixture away to Everton this evening. 3:26PM West Ham register Hugill interest Sam Wallace West Ham have made an inquiry about the Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill, whose rise through the Football League has taken him all the way from a loan at Gateshead in the Conference Premier in 2013 to the possibility of a move to the Premier League this window. Crystal Palace had looked at the 25-year-old but are currently hopeful of signing FC Midtjylland’s Norwegian striker Alexander Sorloth for around £9 million which would end their interest in Hugill. There is also interest in the Preston target man from both Reading and Hull City who are both looking for that style of striker. Jordan Hugill rises to score at Newcastle last term Credit: Getty Images Preston have resisted attempts so far to sell the player, who did miss Tuesday’s win over Nottingham Forest because of the uncertainty around his future. The premium placed on strikers in the Football League has meant that Hugill has attracted interest from the division above. So too in League One where Jack Marriott, top goalscorer in the division, has been valued at £7 million by Peterborough United. That figure has deterred the clubs interested in him, in particular Leeds United. 3:24PM Giroud to Chelsea announcement could be imminent As per others - Giroud to Chelsea done— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 31, 2018 Our man Matt Law says the deal is done and Giroud has signed an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge after the clubs agreed an £18m fee. 3:03PM Take it or leave Sky Sports News reporting Manchester City have made a final offer of £65 million plus 'a player' for Riyad Mahrez. Leicester are 'considering the offer' with no response yet. We’re told Manchester City preparing to pay cash + player [deal around £65m] for Riyad Mahrez. #MCFC#LCFC More on #SSN— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) January 31, 2018 2:55PM Deadline Day recap: what has happened so far Just over eight hours to go in this January transfer window. If you have managed to miss everything that has gone on so far today then firstly, well done, and secondly, here's what has happened: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal for club-record fee from Dortmund Mesut Ozil agrees a new Arsenal contract that will take him to 2021 Michy Batshuayi has been pictured undergoing a medical at Dortmund ahead of a loan move Olivier Giroud could complete his move to Chelsea before the deadline Leicester are holding out for £90m for Riyad Mahrez with Man City interested Lucas Mourai is expected to complete £25m switch to Tottenham Islam Slimani is in Newcastle ahead of a loan move to the club Martin Dúbravka, the Slovakia goalkeeper, is heading to England to complete a loan move to St James' Park Eliaquim Mangala is close to a loan switch to Everton West Ham have a bid rejected for Anderlecht's Leander Dendoncker 2:32PM Everton update: Mangala close to loan move This from Merseyside correspondent Chris Bascombe: Everton's move for Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala is close to completion. The loan is now likely to include a provision to make the deal permanent in the summer. Davy Klaassen, however, has gone off the idea of moving to Napoli, indicating he wants to fight for his place. Everton bound: Eliaquim Mangala Credit: Getty Images 2:29PM Arrival at Crystal Palace Being a Sky Sports deadline day reporter has not been easy in recent years, so this is nice to see. Palace fans way too kind. A cake delivery from @becsj76 Thank you!x #deadlinedaypic.twitter.com/6EAFxjTKP9— Michael Bridge (@MichaelBridge_) January 31, 2018 2:18PM Goalkeeper en route to the Premier League Quick, deploy Flight Radar! Goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka is on his way to England, according to his current Sparta Prague, with an unnamed Premier League club in line to secure his services. Reports in the north-east suggest Newcastle will be the lucky recipients - a loan move before a permanent transfer in the summer. ⚠️����➡️���� Martin Dúbravka has left the training camp and is on the way to England now. Sparta will negotiate about a possible move to @premierleague. pic.twitter.com/JK4m0q5vmD— AC Sparta Prague (@ACSparta_EN) January 31, 2018 2:13PM Quiet deadline day for Liverpool, but one departure The have confirmed 22-year-old Lloyd Jones has left for League Two Luton Town. As our correspondent Chris Bascombe reported earlier, very little is expected from the club before the 11pm deadline. Perhaps another outgoing. Liverpool FC can confirm that Lloyd Jones has today completed a permanent transfer to Luton Town. The defender joined the Reds from hometown club Plymouth Argyle in 2011 and subsequently progressed through the club's Academy teams. Recent seasons have seen Jones gain further experience out on loan with Cheltenham Town, Accrington Stanley, Blackpool and Swindon Town. He now heads permanently to Luton Town aiming to boost their push for promotion from League Two. Everyone at Liverpool FC wishes Lloyd all the best for the future. 2:07PM Islam Slimani arrives in Newcastle The Leicester striker has landed in the city to finalise his loan move to St James' Park. One of the final stages will be a medical, despite having a thigh problem. Newcastle in need of a striker so much they are ready to give Slimani a go. Idea of Islam Slimani having a medical at Newcastle is amusing, given that: a) they literally have no other options. b) he's injured.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) January 31, 2018 1:41PM Samir Nasri anyone? There's no getting away from Arsenal news and connections today as we learn that Samir Nasri is a free agent after Turkish side Antalyaspor agreed to terminate his contract. Just after half a season after moving from Manchester City to Turkey, the 30-year-old is on the hunt for another club after Antalyaspor's financial woes meant they had no other choice but to let him go. As an out of contract player Nasri would have to wait until the end of the transfer window before he can join anyone. But surely the likes of West Ham, Leicester or Watford might come in for the former Arsenal midfielder in the coming days? Nasri is a free agent Credit: Reuters 1:22PM Before the uproar over Ozil wages This is an interesting tweet from Sporting Intelligence's Nick Harris. It's all relative. In 1989-1990, Arsenal's highest paid employee earned £245k a year, or 3.2% of their £7.6m income. Ozil's new contract is worth about £16.9m a year, or about 3.8% of their income. Plus ça change, apart from a few noughts. pic.twitter.com/S2De90hxRZ— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) January 31, 2018 1:16PM And the Arsenal news doesn't stop there It's not been a bad way for Arsenal to shake off that woeful loss to Swansea last night by breaking their transfer record fee for Aubameyang and tying up Ozil to a new deal. Now there are rumours circling that the club want to sign Schalke midfielder Max Meyer. The 22-year-old is out of contract in the summer so the club would be open to sensible offers having accepted he will leave the club either in this window or at the end of the season. Bild claim Arsenal will make their move today rather than waiting until the summer. The German paper was spot on with their Ozil exclusive. This could be one to watch. Max Meyer helped Germany U21s reach the final of the Euros last summer Credit: AP 12:54PM Ozil deal confirmed Jeremy Wilson, deputy football correspondent here at Telegraph Sport, has been talking to the suits at Arsenal who have confirmed that Germany international Mesut Özil has just become the club's highest paid player of all time. Read all about it right here. 12:47PM Carvalhal preparing triple swoop Not content with earning back-to-back wins in the Premier League following their defeats of Liverpool and Arsenal, Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal is hoping to strengthen his squad before the day is over. John Percy has all the latest . . . Swansea City are in talks with Leicester City over a possible loan deal for Wales international Andy King. Carlos Carvalhal is desperate to land at least three new signings today and midfielder King is on his radar. Andre Ayew is expected to seal a return to the Liberty Stadium in an £18 million move from West Ham, while talks are ongoing with Liverpool over a deal for Lazar Markovic. Liverpool prefer a £15m permanent arrangement for Markovic but a loan looks most likely at this stage. 12:39PM West Ham in for Dendoncker One of our many writers with their ears to the ground – Matt Law – is hearing that West Ham are looking to bolster their midfield with a 22-year-old from Passendale in Belgium. As yet, though, the east Londoners have yet to find their man. West Ham United have had an opening bid rejected by Anderlecht for Leander Dendoncker. David Moyes's side want to sign a midfielder today, as well as a striker, and have watched Dendoncker in recent weeks. But Anderlecht want at least £20 million for the player and West Ham’s opening offer fell way short of that. West Ham may well make a second bid before the window shuts at 11pm. 12:24PM Ozil's new contract a done deal? The BBC's David Ornstein has backed up Bild's report this morning that Mesut Ozil has signed a new deal at Arsenal. According to Ornstein, the Germany international has agreed a three-and-a-half year deal until the summer of 2021. The report adds that he will become the "highest-paid player in club history on around £350k per week before tax". EXCLUSIVE: Mesut Ozil signs a new three-and-a-half year contract to remain at Arsenal until summer 2021. Becomes highest-paid player in club history on around £350k per week before tax. Deal agreed last weekend, signed at Colney this morning. Could take him to 8yrs at #AFC & 32yo pic.twitter.com/600XtVnbnH— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 31, 2018 12:22PM Lewandowski bids farewell to Aubameyang The two were rivals on the pitch and enjoyed their battles but all's fair in love and war as Robert Lewandowski becomes one of the first Bundesliga players to say ta-ta to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Good luck @Aubameyang7 It was a pleasure to compete with you. Only a healthy fight is pushing us forward. ��— Robert Lewandowski (@lewy_official) January 31, 2018 12:00PM Sorloth and Hugill on Palace's radar Christian Benteke has welcomed Palace's search for attacking recruits. Sam Dean has the latest from Selhurst Park and what the Belgian makes of Roy Hodgson's attempts to strengthen their frontline. Crystal Palace are clearly keen to sign a striker today, with Alexander Sorloth of FC Midtjylland and Preston's Jordan Hugill both linked with a move to south London. The efforts to recruit another attacker are hardly the greatest vote of confidence in the struggling Christian Benteke, who has scored just two goals all season, but the Belgian has welcomed the prospect of competition up front. "I think it's fair from them," he said when asked about Palace management looking to bring players in. "I am ready to fight for my place and hopefully if they can bring another quality player in, it will be more than welcome." We can confirm Jordan Hugill was available for selection this evening, but given recent speculation regarding his future the manager decided a team fully focused on the game was what would be needed for the match. #pnefc— Preston North End FC (@pnefc) January 30, 2018 11:54AM Er? As cryptic tweets go, this is quite something. ������ ... ��— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) January 31, 2018 11:46AM The final piece in the puzzle? Matt Law has the latest on Olivier Giroud's switch to Chelsea, which would complete the transfer merry-go-round. Chelsea believe they can stick to club policy by handing Olivier Giroud an initial 18-month contract once his medical is complete. Giroud’s agent travelled to London to complete the formalities of the 31-year-old’s £18 million switch from Arsenal. With Michy Batshuayi in Germany undergoing a medical ahead of his loan move to Borussia Dortmund, Giroud is due to take his Chelsea tests. The Blues have broken recent policy by paying a fee for an outfield player over the age of 30, but hope to stick to their strict rules regarding contracts. By signing Giroud to an 18-month deal, Chelsea will ensure that the Frenchman will be in the same position as their other 30-plus stars, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and David Luiz, in the summer. All of the over-30 brigade will have 12 months remaining on their contracts at the end of the season, with Chelsea only set to offer one-year renewals. One of the reasons Chelsea pulled out of a move for Roma’s Edi Dzeko was that the Bosnian wanted a two-and-a-half-year contract that would have broken club policy. Giroud played the final 14 minutes of Arsenal's defeat at Swansea last night Credit: Getty Images 11:34AM Batshuayi having Dortmund medical The three-way transfer is happening. The Aubameyang deal has been signed off, now Dortmund are finalising their replacement with Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi currently having his medical. Olivier Giroud's agent is said to be at the Emirates going through the details of his expected switch to Stamford Bridge. Isn't it great when a plan comes together? ������@mbatshuayipic.twitter.com/Vb0f38J7Ug— Borussen Edition (@BorussenEdition) January 31, 2018 11:22AM Arsenal to reveal Aubameyang's squad number in due course Here's what Arsenal have to say about their club-record arrival who joins on a long-term contract. Auba is one of the world’s most highly-rated strikers. He scored 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga games for Dortmund and had a hand in 172 goals in 213 matches in all competitions for his former club. That works out at an average of 96 minutes per goal or assist. Auba is the Gabon captain and all-time top goalscorer, and became the first Gabonese winner of the African Footballer of the Year award in 2015. This deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes and Auba’s squad number will be confirmed shortly. 98 - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 98 Bundesliga goals: Inside Box - 97 Outside Box - 1 Penalties - 10 Headed - 13 Right Foot - 64 Left Foot - 20 Other Body Part - 1 Poacher. pic.twitter.com/iXHx1rFuDJ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 29, 2018 #YoPierre �� pic.twitter.com/VKlUZdOqv1— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2018 11:15AM Done deal! He’s ours ✅ #YoPierrehttps://t.co/DiDb4Ewvt6— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2018 11:11AM Dortmund confirm Aubameyang switch Borussia Dortmund say they have reached an agreement to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal for £56m. We're now just waiting on word from Arsenal. �� Pierre-Emerick #Aubameyang wechselt vom BVB zum FC @Arsenal! Alle Infos: https://t.co/zxGMwUOUtypic.twitter.com/pkkfDVLPvj— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 31, 2018 11:10AM Blind will join Roma - but not until the summer Daley Blind isn't likely to leave Manchester United for Roma today, but a deal will be concluded in the summer instead. That's the verdict of the defender's father, Danny, who confirmed the Italians are keen on the 27-year-old. The word on the street was that Roma were keen to sign Blind as a replacement for Emerson Palmeri who joined Chelsea last night. "I can confirm that Roma want Daley but United don’t want to let him go on loan, only on a permanent basis," Danny Blind told LaRoma24. "They don’t want to sell him now, only in the summer. Maybe if we had a few days, a week perhaps, but we’ve only got a few hours.” Daley Blind looks on course to move to Roma in the summer Credit: AP Blind has not travelled with the United squad to London ahead of their fixture against Tottenham due to an ankle injury. The Dutchman has not featured for United since January 5. 11:01AM Gone in 14 days Will Aubameyang and Lacazette fill the void? Aubameyang has undergone medical. Arsenal poised to sell their top scorer in each of the past five seasons (Walcott 21 goals, Giroud 22, Sanchez 25, Giroud 24 and Sanchez 30) in the space of 14 days.— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) January 31, 2018 10:51AM Saints' deal for Promes hits the rocks Spending the Virgil van Dijk cash has been harder than Southampton thought. This just in from our deputy football correspondent Jeremy Wilson. Southampton’s potential club record £26.4 million signing of Quincy Promes has become increasingly unlikely amid Spartak Moscow’s failure to recruit a replacement. Negotiations have been ongoing for several weeks and, while Southampton are willing to meet the valuation and Promes is ready to join, Spartak have been reluctant to lose their star player without an incoming signing. Southampton broke their club record with the £19.2 million signing last week of striker Guido Carrillo from Monaco, but the priority this month was to add the pace and goal threat that the 26-year-old Promes would have provided. An attempt to sign Theo Walcott from Arsenal also failed, with Everton willing to pay around £140,000-a-week in wages against a package from Southampton worth £120,000 that would have made him the best paid player in their history. Quincy Promes' (middle) move now looks increasingly unlikely Credit: Getty Images Southampton also considered Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge but he moved to West Bromwich Albion on loan until the end of the season. Barring any change now from Spartak, Southampton are now looking elsewhere today in the hope that other opportunities could emerge amid the trading elsewhere. Southampton sold Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for £75 million before the January transfer window had even opened so that they had the funds to make signings but it has been a largely frustrating month. The team have still not won in the Premier League since November and have slipped into the relegation zone. A lack of creativity has been the main problem, with injured striker Charlie Austin their top scorer so far this season with six. Their other two main strikers – Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long – have just four goals between them. Carrillo made only two starts all season at Monaco in France’s Ligue 1 but had the best year of his career under current Southampton manager Manuel Pellegrino when they were together in Argentina at Estudiantes. "It’s really important as a player, above all as a striker, to be given confidence by the manager, coaches and the club," said Carrillo. "It gives me lots of confidence and I want to take that confidence out onto the pitch." 10:42AM Slimani to Newcastle in on There could finally be some joy for Newcastle and Rafael Benitez in the transfer market. After missing out on Daniel Sturridge, it looks like Islam Slimani will be heading to St James' Park. Newcastle United expected to sign striker Islam Slimani from Leicester City. Told it should be a loan - fee of around £2m - until end of season plus covering his wages.— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) January 31, 2018 Only stumbling block, however, could be whether the Algerian has suffered an injury setback in training. Sky are reporting the 29-year-old picked up a thigh problem which could rule him out for a couple of weeks. 10:28AM News from the Championship And our midlands man John Percy also has the latest goings on away from the top-flight. Andy King, the Leicester midfielder, is a target for Nottingham Forest but the move appears remote at this stage. Derby striker Chris Martin is set to have a medical at Reading later today as he prepares to move on loan. Derby's pursuit of West Brom's James McClean is over after they were quoted a mind-boggling £15m. Quite a coup for Nigel Clough at Burton Albion too - the strugglers are signing Manchester City's 2016 young player of the year, Jacob Davenport, on loan. He's a holding midfielder who can also cover at left-back and is highly regarded by City. 10:25AM Stoke close on Ndiaye John Percy says Stoke are confident that their deal for Badou Ndiaye will not be held up by a work permit issue. Here's the latest from the Potteries. Stoke are close to completing a £15m deal for Galatasaray's Badou Ndiaye, with the midfielder undergoing a medical on Tuesday night. Ndiaye, a Senegal international, is expected to attend tonight's game against Watford and Stoke are confident a work permit will not be an issue. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, have been told to pay £10m for USA international Geoff Cameron, who also has interest from Burnley. But Stoke are expecting a quiet day with no other incomings. In my opinion, the fact they have avoided selling Joe Allen - who has been brilliant this season - is a huge plus point. 10:21AM Moura nears £25m Spurs switch Lucas Moura's expected £25m switch to Tottenham has moved a step closer with reports that the winger has completed his medical. The 25-year-old was once spoken as one of the most exciting young talents in the world but has found himself on the fringes at Paris Saint Germain in recent months. Lucas Moura has not enjoyed the happiest of times at PSG recently Credit: AFP Neymar has been upset by PSG's treatment of the Brazil international. He said of Moura's likely departure: “I'm sad, because he's a good friend, he's a quality player who was rarely used. “I think it's very unfair. He is my brother in football. “I wish him the best. Whatever the destination, I hope he will score a lot and he will return to the Brazilian national team. “He's not just a friend, he's a very good guy. Here he could have been used a lot more but I'm not the owner of the team, not the owner of Paris. “For me, he should never have left Paris." Lucas has won four league titles in France and has made more than 30 appearances for Brazil. 10:02AM Mahrez update Here's the latest news on Riyad Mahrez's future from our football news correspondent Matt Law. Riyad Mahrez is set to miss Leicester City’s game against Everton tonight as he tries to force a deadline day move to Manchester City. Having handed in a transfer request, Mahrez has not been part of Leicester’s preparations for the Everton game. The Algeria international is not with the rest of the Leicester squad at the team hotel as he waits to discover his fate. City are thought to be ready to pay around £55 million to sign Mahrez today, but Leicester value the winger at closer to £90m. Sources close to the deal believe it could go either way at this stage, but Mahrez is ready to fight to try to make a transfer happen. 9:52AM Powell wanted by Brighton Nick Powell has been running rings round defenders in League One for leaders Wigan this season but how would he adjust to life back in the Premier League? The 23-year-old has recovered from the injuries which hindered his Manchester United tenure to score 11 goals this season and has drawn attention from Brighton among others. Now it seems Chris Hughton has tabled a £3m bid for the forward and wants Powell to make what would be a massive switch in terms of gulf of standard and mileage on the map. According to some reports, a potential deal could be held up as Wigan are in the middle of a takeover to new Chinese owners. Different gravy! @NPowell25#wafcpic.twitter.com/lbwnf4zDlj— Cal (@CalWafc) January 27, 2018 9:39AM A busy day for Hodgson and Palace Crystal Palace's injury to Bakary Sako last night means Roy Hodgson and his backroom staff will be active in the transfer market today. Here's what our man Sam Dean, who was at the London Stadium covering Palace's 1-1 draw with West Ham, has to say. It will come as no surprise that both David Moyes and Roy Hodgson were asked about potential comings and goings after last night's draw at the London Stadium. Hodgson, the Crystal Palace manager, has been saying ever since he arrived that they are in need of reinforcements, and they are very much in the market still despite already signing Poland centre-back Jaroslaw Jach and Erdal Rakip, the Sweden under-21 international. Hodgson said the injury to Bakary Sako last night makes it even more important that Palace are busy today. "We have been talking about it since September 12," Hodgson said. "Nothing changes. I suppose you could say it [the injury] makes it a bit more imperative to bring players in as we are going to have a very small squad... I am hoping for some good news in the next few hours." As for West Ham, Moyes confirmed that Swansea had made an offer for Andre Ayew, but said he could not make a decision on that until "we get players in". Stay tuned. Bakary Sako limped off in the first half at West Ham Credit: AFP 9:30AM Newcastle close on deal for Slovakia goalkeeper Our north east correspondent Luke Edwards says that Newcastle have two bits of business they are hoping to tie up today. While we've already covered their interest in striker Islam Slimani, Rafael Benitez is confident of signing Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague on loan. Dubravka has won nine caps for Slovakia and faced both England and Scotland during the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. 9:21AM Happy Jim White day The legend of the transfer deadline day window is alive and well on this fine day. His first tweet of the day ladies and gentlemen. It's a bold one to kick off proceedings. It's a Deadline Day Good Morning! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang medical about to get underway @Arsenal.— Jim White (@JimWhite) January 31, 2018 9:19AM Nothing doing at Liverpool... And across Stanley Park, our man Chris Bascombe has the latest goings on at Anfield. Although we use the latest wording loosely... Jurgen Klopp has said he won’t be adding to his squad today and he is not bluffing. Liverpool kicked off the transfer window by signing Virgil Van Dijk, which is far too organised for some tastes. Far better to let the month drag on and scramble a deal in the last minute, obviously. They also sold Philippe Coutinho but decided to wait until the summer to re-invest the £142 million. So all that is left is an assortment of fringe players. Ovie Ojaria looks to be heading to Sunderland on loan, and Lazar Markovic is being touted to just about any club in Europe. Swansea is the most likely destination. There is also the possibility of Jon Flanagan moving on loan at some point today. 9:04AM Everton step up Mangala interest Our Merseyside correspondent Chris Bascombe has the latest news on goings on at Goodison Park. Despite playing down expectations, Everton manager Sam Allardyce is evidently still trying to add to his squad before tonight’s deadline. Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala is the latest to attract interest. Everton would like him on loan for the rest of the season. Given Allardyce had earlier suggested a left back was his priority it is an intriguing move, particularly given the number of centre-halves at the club. Everton are also likely to be active trying to offload many of those lauded so much when they were signed in the summer. Striker Sandro has already agreed a loan move to Sevilla, which will proceed subject to a medical. And Davy Klaassen is interesting Napoli. The more Allardyce can shift, the more likely he is to add new faces before 11 pm. The deal of last summer, however, look more suspect by the week. 8:59AM Song trains with Arsenal Arsenal love nothing more than allowing former players to join their squad in a training session or two if they are a) continuing their rehabilitation following a lengthy lay-off or b) helping them maintain fitness levels while said player is on lookout for their next club. Well, Alex Song falls into the latter category after Rubin Kazan told the 30-year-old to find another club as they are not financially sound to pay his wages. Song, who left Arsenal for Barcelona in a £15m deal in 2012, has in recent days been training with the club and could potentially be resigned by Arsene Wenger after the window closes this evening. He would be available on a free transfer. #Repost @jackwilshere ・・・ Good to see you my friend @17alexsong ❤�� always pleasure my friend ❤️���� A post shared by a.song17 (@17alexsong) on Jan 24, 2018 at 9:31pm PST Song watched Arsenal's 2-1 League Cup semi-final second leg win over Chelsea at the Emirates last week and has been sharing the odd picture on social media as he cuddles up to current members of the team. Song will have fond memories of his time at Arsenal and indeed Barcelona - aside from this one moment perhaps at the Nou Camp... Flash back to when Alex Song thought Puyol was going to let him hold the trophy but instead grabbed Abidal pic.twitter.com/EttK8oA85X— �� (@BaguetteFC) January 23, 2018 8:40AM Tug of war over Slimani West Ham have also joined the race to sign Leicester striker Islam Slimani. Newcastle, Watford and Monaco have all indicated their desire to sign the Algerian international and now the Hammers are said to have joined the queue. While Monaco are keen on a loan move for the 29-year-old, Leicester want Slimani to leave on a permanent deal after fellow strikers Leo Ulloa and Ahmed Musa went out on loan. Slimani set Leicester back around £28m when he joined in the summer of 2016 and the club are keen to recoup some of the fee. Slimani has scored two goals in 17 appearances for the Foxes this term. If he doesn't move to another Premier League rival this window, there is always the option of a move to China where the window doesn't close until the end of February. Watch this space. Islam Slimani is a player in demand Credit: Andrew Fox 8:23AM West Ham back in for Cairney West Ham are reported to have reignited their interest in Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney. An initial bid thought to be around the £15m mark was made by West Ham for the reigning EFL Player of the Year earlier in the month, only for the Championship side to slap a £40m price tag on their playmaker. The Hammers haven't been put off by Fulham's demands and are expected to try their luck with another bid, according to one club insider. Twitter account ExWHUemployee, who has been a reliable source of insider information surrounding the club, says West Ham will step up their interest. A possibility yes! Although another bid is in for Cairney too https://t.co/IYHA97zFMn— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) January 31, 2018 Reece Oxford, meanwhile, will sit down with David Moyes this morning to discuss his own future at London Stadium. Oxford spent the first half of the season on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach making four appearances. West Ham recalled him at the start of the year, and could yet be needed to remain in London due to their injury crisis. 8:00AM La Galaxy coy on Zlatan rumours There are contrasting rumours circling around Zlatan Ibrahimovic this morning. French sports daily L'Equipe claim the Swede signed a deal with MLS giants LA Galaxy THREE WEEKS AGO, but the club's head coach Sigi Schmid has been coy on such revelations. “There’s been a lot of talk about it in the past and it’s something that maybe gets opened up again. “I don’t know what’s there. If there was something there, I’m sure we’d all know. Right now, it’s all rumors.” Ibrahimovic is currently recovering from an injury setback he suffered last month and his contract at Manchester United expires this summer. The report in L'Equipe adds that he will finish his rehabilitation at United before heading to California ahead of the MLS season getting under way in March. Being told @Ibra_official#ZlatanInrahimovic signed a contract with @LAGalaxy three weeks ago from a source in the #EPL - Just waiting for the next 48 hours to to go by... He would be in L.A. By Monday, February 5th. Merci, L'Equipe. @LaVoxDeportivapic.twitter.com/ZSED3ulcZe— Rene Romano (@reneromanosport) January 31, 2018 7:35AM And Ozil is staying put... Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's deal may not yet be finalised but his near arrival has been enough for Mesut Ozil to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Emirates. That's what Bild are reporting this morning. And it's not the only burning issue the German international has said yes to. The article adds that the 29-year-old will get married to his girlfriend Amine Gülse after this year's World Cup in Russia. So does that mean she asked him? The details aren't exactly clear. The German newspaper adds that Ozil will earn €350,000 (£306,691) a week to extend his stay in north London. 7:15AM Arsenal jump the gun on Aubameyang signing Ooops. Spare a thought for one member of Arsenal's website team this morning who appears to have let adrenaline and excitement get the better of them over the expected signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Arsenal uploaded a new video to their official website in which Wenger confirmed their record signing. The video was swiftly removed but not before quick-thinking Arsenal supporters watched the clip. The interview, on Arsenal Player, starts with the interviewer saying to the Arsenal manager: "So, Aubameyang is an Arsenal player, you must be delighted to get the deal done?" Wenger responds: "Yes, it is good news. We need people who can give us more offensive power. "At the moment, we aren’t enough going forward and I am convinced he will give us that. He has a big challenge in front of him. He wants to do well in the Premier League. It is absolutely good news for us. "His pace, his finishing. The quality of his runs. His huge physical capacity, that will be important in the Premier League." Wenger has confirmed that Aubameyang has signed for Arsenal: pic.twitter.com/gZzX5jtrlb— Sam (@samuelJayC) January 31, 2018 7:05AM Sandro returns to Spain After just 15 appearances for Everton, Sandro Ramirez has returned to Spain and joined Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season. The 22-year-old forward only arrived in the summer for £5.2m and has scored one goal in the Europa League. Another of Everton's summer signings, Davy Klassen, could be on his way out of Goodison Park. Klaassen has played just 13 games since joining as one of Ronald Koeman's big-money signings but has struggled to settle on Merseyside. The £24m recruit is looking for a route away from the club having not featured for Sam Allardyce's side since December. Napoli are interested in the 24-year-old and are said to have opened talks over a loan deal. Sandro Ramirez hasn't enjoyed the best of spells on Merseyside Credit: Getty Images 6:55AM Eto'o a staple of the window A grand total of £105.3m has been spent on transfer fees for Samuel Eto'o in just nine years. The former Cameroon international has become a regular face and name of windows gone by and this one is no different. The former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid striker, who is still only 36-years-old, is expected to sign for Turkish top-flight club Konyaspor later after being released by Antalyaspor. Konyaspor are likely to pay £1.35m for his services. He's still a big draw where ever he goes, though... This video warrants Samuel Eto'o a monument from his country. Konyaspor fans hail his arrival from Antalyaspor. pic.twitter.com/sRqS5Y5vC3— ekondedaniel (@ekondedaniel4) January 31, 2018 6:35AM Mahrez wants out at Leicester Perhaps one of the biggest twists on transfer deadline day eve, if there is such a day in the calendar, was Riyad Mahrez's late call to declare his unhappiness with life at Leicester and slap another transfer request on the manager's desk. Ok, so Mahrez might not have been quite as forceful with his decision to lay his cards on the table, but it's a kick in the teeth for Leicester's Claude Puel who has been doing a fine job at the King Power Stadium since replacing Craig Shakespeare. No wonder Puel wants the January transfer window to be scrapped in future. Mahrez's people have been quick to take note of Leroy Sane's long lay-off at Manchester City and jumped to the conclusion that Pep Guardiola would now be in the marker for a like-for-like replacement, and they appear to be on to something. Leicester's owners are taking a hard stance on the situation, though, and insist one of their biggest assets is not for sale. It is thought £90m might persuade them otherwise! Here's the full story. Mahrez is alleged to have failed to turn up for training on Tuesday, ahead of their game at Everton Credit: Getty Images 6:24AM Bye, bye, Giroud? Olivier Giroud looks to have played one last time in an Arsenal shirt with Arsene Wenger admitting after last night's awful 3-1 loss at Swansea that he was likely to be heading for pastures new. The France targetman is in search of more regular first-team football to boost his own World Cup hopes and still is on course to complete an £18m to Chelsea at some point today. Giroud was brought on late on with Arsenal chasing the game at the Liberty Stadium as Wenger trusted his compatriot not to let the club down. Wenger said: “It’s a tribute to Olivier, yes, because he is a guy who gave great service to the club and never let us down on the commitment front and saved us many times. I have absolutely no doubt when I ask him if he is ready to commit and he says yes I have no problem with that. That is why I put him in because it was needed. Unfortunately he couldn’t help us.” 6:07AM It's transfer deadline day! Morning all and welcome to our transfer deadline day coverage which promises to be a lively affair. The bar was set high at the start of the month when Liverpool splashed out a staggering £75 million on defender Virgil van Dijk. Will that figure remain the biggest outlay on a player this month, or could we see one club throwing all their lot in on one star-studded individual which could push the total spending past the 2011 record of £225m? Alexis Sanchez had long been expected to be the big-name dominating this month's transfer talk. But following a surprising twist to the tale and his unlikely move to Manchester United being completed long before D-day, what treats lie in store now for the 12 hours ahead? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks on course to be one of the biggest deals of the day as his £60m move from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal nears completion. Will this trigger Oliver Giroud's switch to Chelsea and will Michy Batshuayi be elbowed out of Stamford Bridge and sent packing to Germany? Jonny Evans' name has crept up in more than a handful of transfer stories over the past four weeks and the West Brom defender is another likely mover on deadline day. West Brom want around £25m for the former Manchester United centre-back with Arsenal favourites to land the northern Ireland international. Annoyingly, or to Sam Allardyce at least it is, there are a handful of Premier League fixtures taking place this evening which will eat into the time managers and backroom staff have to finalise transfers. But then, clubs have had 30 other days to get their houses in order so shouldn't bemoan too much the fixture list. What moves do you expect to be completed today. Who do you want your club to sign and what rumours have you heard? Get in touch at vicki.hodges@telegraph.co.uk
Transfer Deadline Day roundup: Man City pull out of Riyad Mahrez deal, Chelsea get Olivier Giroud and Spurs sign Lucas Moura
Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? Mahrez hands in transfer request but Leicester will hold out for £90m Mahrez may not make it to Man City - but why is their solution always to write a cheque? How will Sanchez fit in at Man Utd, and who loses out most? What will Olivier Giroud bring to Chelsea? Manchester City's proposed deal for Riyad Mahrez fell through after the club were put off by Leicester's valuation of the Algeria forward. City were said to be willing to pay around £60million for the 26-year-old but ended discussions, despite the player handing in a transfer request in a bid to force a move to join Pep Guardiola's side. "He's a Leicester player", said Guardiola about Mahrez, following his side's 3-0 win over West Brom. "I don't talk about it too much, the window is over, the guys who are here will finish the season." City's withdrawal from the Mahrez deal was one of many twists on a busy deadline-day which saw Arsenal, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund involved in a three-way transfer. Where will Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fit in at Arsenal? Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's arrival at Arsenal for a club-record fee from Dortmund was confirmed just after 11:15am and then, just before the transfer window closed in Germany, it was announced that Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi had completed a loan switch to the Bundesliga side. That in turn had paved the way for Olivier Giroud to leave Arsenal and be unveiled as a Chelsea player, for a fee of £18million. The France forward was at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night to see his new team suffer a shock 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth. What will Olivier Giroud bring to Chelsea and where will he fit in? Arsenal failed with a late approach for Jonny Evans, bidding far below West Brom's valuation of the defender. Mathieu Debuchy followed Giroud out of the Emirates Stadium, joining French side St Etienne until the end of the season after his Arsenal contract was terminated. Tottenham completed the signing of winger Lucas Moura from Paris St Germain on a contract until 2023. Moura moves to Spurs for £25million, having fallen behind Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the PSG pecking order, and was presented to the crowd at half time during Spurs 2-0 win over Manchester United - the same club which the 25-year-old Brazilian was strongly linked with when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge at Old Trafford. Lucas Moura was presented to Spurs at half time on Wednesday night Credit: GETTY IMAGES Watford brought Sunderland midfielder Didier Ndong in on loan, while goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg signed a five-and-a-half-year deal from Goteborg before returning to the Swedish side on loan for the rest of the season. Costel Pantilimon and Isaac Success were both sent out on loan for the rest of the season, to Nottingham Forest and Malaga respectively. Elsewhere, Everton's England Under-21 winger Ademola Lookman joined Bundesliga club RB Leipzig on loan for the rest of the season, while Stoke signed Badou Ndiaye for £14million. He was present at the Bet365 stadium for the 1-1 draw with Watford. Newcastle were able to sign two players at the very last minute, taking Islam Slimani on loan for Leicester until the end of the season and were close to confirming another loan deal, this one for Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, by the time the transfer window had closed. Jack Colback moved to Nottingham Forest on loan and Rafa Benitez concluded his deadline day business by sending young English goalkeeper Freddie Woodman out on loan to Aberdeen, where he will gain first team experience covering for the injured Joe Lewis. 11:53PM A tale of two strikers CONFIRMED: Newcastle United forward Aleksandar Mitrović has joined @FulhamFC on loan until the end of the season. #NUFCpic.twitter.com/miyvQJLv1v— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 31, 2018 CONFIRMED: The deal to bring Islam Slimani to Newcastle United on loan until the end of the season is complete! #NUFCpic.twitter.com/avtJGgtxfk— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 31, 2018 That's a £30million striker on loan. The Premier League transfer market is mental. And don't forget about Jack Colback. CONFIRMED: Midfielder Jack Colback has signed for @NFFC on loan until the end of the season. Full story: https://t.co/jidXDLk1nu#NUFCpic.twitter.com/stOYOfsGpO— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 31, 2018 11:31PM Here's a strange one Andy King has moved to Swansea on loan. Welcome to Swansea City, @10_kingy! ���������������� We're pleased to confirm the Welsh midfielder has joined us on loan until the end of the season ➡️ https://t.co/R6DK0zy2JVpic.twitter.com/FSuFtv8AqI— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) January 31, 2018 And Leicester have confirmed that Islam Slimani will also move out on loan, to Newcastle. 11:28PM TDD summarised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joins Arsenal for club-record fee from Dortmund Mesut Ozil agrees a new Arsenal contract that will take him to 2021 Michy Batshuayi signs for Dortmund on loan Olivier Giroud moves to Chelsea Man City pull out of Riyad Mahrez deal over Leicester's asking price Lucas Moura completes £25m switch to Tottenham Reece Oxford rejoins Borussia Monchengladbach on loan until end of the season Swansea break club record to buy £20million Andre Ayew (again) Watford sign Sunderland's Didier Ndong on loan Stoke buy Badou Ndiaye for £14million Newcastle confirm signings of Islam Slimani and Martin Dubravka Eliaquim Mangala close to a loan switch to Everton Ademola Lookman heads to RB Leipzig on loan in move Sam Allardyce describes as one of the weirdest he's been involved in 11:09PM Some excellent quotes from Antonio Conte here Matt Lawhas some very telling words from the Chelsea boss, who is said to look thoroughly downhearted after Chelsea's defeat to Bournemouth. “We must be worried (about the top four),” said head coach Conte. “We must be worried. It won't be easy. But this is normal. “If we want to speak about football and if we think to understand football, we know very well this will be very difficult for us. If we want only to dream and not see the reality – in this case, I can tell you now we can fight to win the title this season! “It will be very important to look at the reality and to know that, if we are able to reach a place in the Champions League, it will be a great success for us. Otherwise we have a normal season.” 11:04PM Even though the window's closed... Clubs can still complete deals. They're allowed to get an extension to 1am if they ask nicely enough. The window closes in Scotland at 12am, which means there's still time for Aberdeen to sign Kevin De Bruyne. Also: Middlesbrough defender Cyrus Christie set to sign for Fulham in a deal worth up to £4m. Initial £3m + further £1m in add-ons #fulhamfc#mfc#dcfc— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) January 31, 2018 11:03PM Live footage of Riyad Mahrez at home 11:00PM THE TRANSFER WINDOW IS CLOSED 10:57PM Two minutes left CAN YOU HEAR THE GIANT CLOCK TICKING OUTSIDE? 10:55PM Newcastle sign a goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka had his medical before and after the Newcastle 1 - 1 Burnley match and should be confirmed in the next few minutes. Hopefully. As long as the paperwork is done the clubs can announce whatever whenever they want. 10:47PM Lazar Markovic off to Anderlecht Remember him? He's gone on loan to the Belgian club. The same Belgian club that Mitrovic was meant to sign for. 10:45PM 15 minutes to go And someone has sent a picture of their dog in a yellow tie to Sky Sports. It's all happening now. 10:34PM Islam Slimani joins Newcastle United A signing! They've done it! 10:29PM Man City done for the window #PEP: We have just three strikers but from now on Lukas Nmecha is going to train with the first team. But Gabriel is coming back soon. We were not able to buy another striker.— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 31, 2018 10:25PM Aleksandar Mitrovic on his way to Anderlecht. Or is he? According to Sky Sports, he flew all the way to Belgium to find out that Anderlecht couldn't sign him for a reason I don't entirely understand but which sounds like they weren't able to get a player off their books and had no room to sign him. Regardless, he's not going there and has ended up heading in a plane to London to sign a loan deal at Fulham. In other Newcastle news, Martin Dúbravka is very close to signing, while Islam Slimani has apparently passed his medical and will join on loan. 10:19PM Sam Allardyce on Lookman's move to Liepzig "It's one of the most unusual situations I've been in. It was his choice. He was adamant he wanted Germany. We tried to persuade him not to. But his stubbornness got him his way." 10:15PM 45 minutes to go OH MY LORD can you even believe it? Who will the transfer hawk swoop for next? Which top striker will be gripped in football talons? Stay with me for all the information on all the exciting transfers which may or may not happen in the next under-an-hour! 10:06PM Lucas Moura at half time Credit: GETTY IMAGES Lucas Moura was announced to Spurs fans at Wembley during half time of Spurs' remarkable 2-0 win over Man Utd that just finished. You can follow all the live reaction to that with Alan Tyers over in our liveblog. 10:02PM Newcastle fans not happy You may already have seen this amazing crowd display at St James' Park from tonight's match against Burnley: Credit: PA It's a Kevin Keegan quote and reads: “Don’t ever give up on your club. Keep supporting it, it’s your club and trust me, one day you will get your club back and it will be everything you wanted it to be. "Newcastle United is bigger than anyone. It hurts I know, but just keep going. He is only one man we are a city, a whole population. Trust me.” So over 11 seasons @NUFC net spend has been £4.5m a season. Throw in the TV money and ever present gate money....�� One hour left to spend some and give them a chance! Well done to the fans tonight for showing their love for the club. Shame others don't share it. #NUFC— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) January 31, 2018 Still no signings announced tonight... 9:45PM Deadline day update Here's what we know so far: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal for club-record fee from Dortmund Mesut Ozil agrees a new Arsenal contract that will take him to 2021 Michy Batshuayi signs for Dortmund on loan Olivier Giroud moves to Chelsea Man City pull out of Riyad Mahrez deal over Leicester's asking price Lucas Moura completes £25m switch to Tottenham Islam Slimani is in Newcastle having a medical ahead of a loan move Martin Dúbravka, the Slovakia goalkeeper, is heading to England to complete a loan move to St James' Park Eliaquim Mangala close to a loan switch to Everton West Ham have a bid rejected for Anderlecht's Leander Dendoncker Reece Oxford has rejoined Borussia Monchengladbach on loan until end of the season Swansea break club record to buy £20million Andre Ayew Watford sign Sunderland's Didier Ndong on loan Stoke buy Badou Ndiaye for £14million 9:25PM Alexander Sorloth He has a name like a B-plot character from Game of Thrones, but to Crystal Palace fans, Alexander Sorloth might offer hope! Crystal Palace are very close to sealing a £9million transfer for the Norwegian striker. 9:10PM Islam Slimani almost done... Sources at both Newcastle & Leicester tell us Islam Slimani has passed his Newcastle medical.— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 31, 2018 9:03PM Manchester United sign a goalkeeper! But they're playing an important game at Wembley. How could it be? Matej Kovar is a 17-year-old from Czech Republic who likes to stop footballs going between the metal sticks. He's had a successful trial at Man Utd and will join their youth academy. 9:01PM David Silva off injured Man City's Spanish superstar has been substituted in the game against West Brom because he can't shake off an injury. Riyad Mahrez is sitting at home worrying about how much his football friends don't like him any more. 1+1 = £90million bid. 8:53PM Stoke sign expensive footballer! Even more genuine transfer news for you! Stoke have signed Badou Ndiaye for £15million, which I suppose isn't that expensive in the grand scheme of things. He moves from Turkish club Galatasaray but won't be able to play until a work permit is sorted. 8:52PM Swansea sign Andre Ayew! This is one that's been going on all day and has just been confirmed now. #AyewBack ������ pic.twitter.com/8WSOY4pP9m— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) January 31, 2018 Andre Ayew, brother of Jordan and ex-Swansea player, has signed from West Ham on a three-and-a-half year deal in a club record transfer worth £20million. 8:27PM Man City's record transfer playing well Credit: AFP Man City's new centre-back Aymeric Laporte is playing well at the heart of Man City's defence this evening. Fernandinho has put them ahead against Alan Pardew's West Brom. I wonder how much both Pep and Alan are aware of behind the scenes in regards to transfers going on right now. Here's Laporte feeding a turtle. Aymeric Laporte feeding a tortoise pic.twitter.com/RYSxVxP1wo— Footballers with animals (@ftbllrswanimals) January 31, 2018 7:54PM Swansea spending some money to reunite family By John Percy. Swansea are breaking their transfer record to re-sign Andre Ayew in a deal worth up to £18m. Ayew is returning to the Liberty Stadium from West Ham in a record deal which eclipses the £15.5m paid out for striker Borja Baston in the summer of 2016. Andy King, the Leicester midfielder, is also signing on loan - a big moment for the Wales international as he leaves the Midlands club for the first time since 2004. 7:48PM Everton spring a surprise Chris Bascombe has this for us: Bit of shock at Goodison before kick-off as Everton announce winger Ademola Lookman will spend the rest of the season with RB Leipzig. Lookman has looked promising when used, but opportunities have been limited. Plenty on Merseyside would have liked to see the 20-year-old get more chances. 7:07PM Newcastle transfer confirmed! But it's a loan. And the player is moving away from the club. And it's Henri Saivet, who doesn't really get a game anyway. Credit: GETTY IMAGES The Senegalese international has joined Sivassport in Turkey until the end of the season. And there's even more news: Rolando Aarons has joined Serie A side @HellasVeronaFC on loan until the end of the season. All the best in Italy, @RolandoAarons! ���� https://t.co/KStuBEFzfV#NUFCpic.twitter.com/uNAvvpq7gD— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 31, 2018 6:52PM Arsenal fail in bid for Jonny Evans John Percy has even more wonderful insider knowledge on Arsenal's failed Jonny Evans bid: Arsenal have failed with a late - and derisory - £12m offer for long-term target Jonny Evans. West Brom have snubbed Arsenal's last-ditch attempt to sign the Northern Ireland international, who will now be staying at the Hawthorns despite interest from Manchester City and Everton. Apparently it was a very brief conversation. It has to be said Evans has conducted himself brilliantly throughout this window (and indeed the summer) and many other Premier League players could learn a lot off him. 6:32PM Lucas Moura signs for Spurs He might regret that after watching this video: �� pic.twitter.com/2geSeK0U6b— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2018 A great signing for Spurs though. He's 25, hugely talented and can play in a few different positions and for £25million is something of a steal. 6:28PM Inside scoops from John Percy Aitor Karanka was so annoyed with Forest's 3-0 home defeat to Preston on Tuesday he's buying an entire new midfield. Ben Watson, the Watford player, is set to join on loan after being withdrawn from the squad to play Stoke - days after admitting it was the biggest game of Watford's season. Newcastle's Jack Colback and Middlesbrough's Adlene Guedioura are also set to join the Championship club. 6:27PM Deadline Day So much is happening and it sounds like there is a lot more which could and will go on between now and 11pm. And that's ignoring the actual football games which are taking place tonight. Here's a roundup of what we've seen so far today: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal for club-record fee from Dortmund Mesut Ozil agrees a new Arsenal contract that will take him to 2021 Michy Batshuayi sings for Dortmund on loan Olivier Giroud moves to Chelsea Man City pull out of Riyad Mahrez deal over Leicester's asking price Lucas Moura is expected to complete £25m switch to Tottenham Islam Slimani is in Newcastle having a medical ahead of a loan move Martin Dúbravka, the Slovakia goalkeeper, is heading to England to complete a loan move to St James' Park Eliaquim Mangala is close to a loan switch to Everton West Ham have a bid rejected for Anderlecht's Leander Dendoncker Reece Oxford has rejoined Borussia Monchengladbach on loan until end of the season Watford sign Sunderland's Didier Ndong on loan 6:24PM Team bonding going well at Arsenal Together again ���� #YoPierrepic.twitter.com/nPc2TPsQrc— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2018 6:18PM Lucas Moura move still on! Jason Burt Lucas Moura’s £25million move from Paris Saint-Germain to Tottenham Hotspur is still on. Sources close to the deal remain confident it will be signed off this evening, before the 11pm deadline, amid concern over the delay. The Brazilian winger was waiting for a piece of documentation to complete the deal after a fee and personal terms were finalised. The financial side of the deal was fully agreed on Tuesday evening. The 25-year-old has passed his medical while Spurs fans have grown increasingly anxious at the delay over it being formally announced. 6:13PM Leicester sign Callum Wright It's not the Leicester transfer related news you might be constantly refreshing various websites for, but Callum Wright has joined Leicester from Blackburn Rovers on a three-and-a-half-year deal. 6:07PM How a transfer works Three years ago I made this. Three years. Has anything changed? The references are a little dated but otherwise... not really. 6:05PM Newcastle appealing to higher powers And they said polytheism was dead. So Newcastle will have a Mohammed, Jesus, Christian and Islam all in the squad. We need the help of every god and religion going tbf #nufc— Adam Stoker (@ADStoker) January 31, 2018 5:54PM Didier Ndong moves to Watford on loan That's a really strange move. Usually Premier League clubs loan fringe players to Championship clubs, not Championship clubs loaning their better players to the big league! �� | Fancy some transfer news?! Didier Ndong has signed for #watfordfc on loan from @SunderlandAFC for the rest of this season, while the club also have the option on a permanent transfer in the summer. Welcome, Didier! �� More here ⤵️https://t.co/eubhCzejaypic.twitter.com/15DC61zxrH— Watford FC (@WatfordFC) January 31, 2018 A Gabonese international midfielder, Ndong is Sunderland's all time record transfer. Great business by Watford. 5:37PM Aubameyang words as an Arsenal player I'm really happy to be here and I can join Micky! It's great to be here in this great team. The club has a big history, they have great players like Thierry Henry, I'm really happy. 5:10PM Reece Oxford back to Borussia Monchengladbach on loan Reece Oxford howls into the night sky to summon Borussia Monchengladbach contract negotiators Credit: GETTY IMAGES The highly rated young English defender came home for Christmas but has decided to go out on loan again in order to get games for a European football chasing club, instead of sitting in the youth team/reserves/bench at a Premier League club keen to spend spend spend on shiny new ready made players. FAO other young UK born Premier League footballers: you play more abroad. To be fair to David Moyes, he did bring Oxford on as a sub against the mighty Wigan and Shrewsbury. And he gave him four minutes against Crystal Palace. 5:05PM City's shenanigans Good of City to call off Mahrez bid after completely unsettling the player and messing up his relationship with Leicester.— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 31, 2018 I agree with Matt. 5:04PM Aston Villa to sign Lewis Grabban on loan John Percy has this for us: Lewis Grabban scoring for Sunderland Credit: GETTY IMAGES Aston Villa are set to sign Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban on loan. Villa have beaten off Championship rivals Cardiff in the race to sign Grabban, who is having a medical. The capture of Grabban ends Steve Bruce’s pursuit of a striker, after Leonardo Ulloa opted to join Brighton from Leicester. 5:02PM Giroud holding a blue shirt How does this make you feel, Arsenal fans? Welcome to Chelsea, @_OlivierGiroud_! ��#GiroudIsBluepic.twitter.com/rY1VRsgyYk— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 31, 2018 The striker has signed an 18 month contract with Chelsea. I reckon that's an absolutely superb signing for Antonio Conte and means he can use his Euro 2016 Italy tactical setup, knocking balls long to the target man and getting the rest of the troops to advance quickly up the pitch! Dan Zeqiri's article on where Giroud fits into Chelsea's plans is excellent, and below: What will Olivier Giroud bring to Chelsea and where will he fit in? Michael Owen's analysis isn't quite as in depth. It is shorter though. Giroud a solid signing for Chelsea. Definitely a better option than Batshuayi who has been shipped off on loan to Dortmund.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) January 31, 2018 4:55PM Michy Batshuayi signs for Borussia Dortmund on loan! I don't speak German (where's Ben Bloom when you need him?) but can work this one out. Batshuayi is off to Germany! �� BVB leiht Michy #Batshuayi bis Saisonende vom @ChelseaFC aus! Alle Infos: https://t.co/WUplWHl5b4pic.twitter.com/za5nQaT2dT— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 31, 2018 4:53PM Man City pull out of Riyad Mahrez deal According to Sky Sports, Man City have decided to walk away from a transfer for Riyad Mahrez because Leicester want way too much money for him. More on that as we get it! That'll be an awkward changing room for Mahrez tonight. 4:45PM Thierry Henry's opinion on Arsenal's business "Sanchez was always going to be like that, we got Mkhitaryan. Yes we lost Sanchez, Chamberlain, about to lose Giroud, Walcott - I'm not gong to name everyone (he just has). We got some players in return, that can be a plus. "When I played there were always two strikers, now managers like to pack the midfield. You might think those two have similar attributes, they do, and I don't know what Arsene is going to do or to play with two strikers, but it is an idea. "I rate him (Aubameyang) a lot but what I rate even more is goals. Like I always say the supporting case needs always to play to this level." 4:34PM Busy busy busy Hello everyone, JJ Bull here for Transfer Deadline Day. I used to love this day. There is a lot going on at various clubs this evening though and this might actually be something close to very exciting. Newcastle are busy - Islam Slimani is having a medical, apparently - West Ham are doing things, Man City are up to tricks, Arsenal want to buy people. I'll be bringing you all the lovely transfer news right through until the window shuts. 4:00PM One more in at Arsenal? 'They'd be better off spending all that money on defenders', has been a popular refrain among Arsenal sceptics. Well they might be about to according to BBC Sport's David Ornstein... Hearing whispers (nothing concrete) Arsenal have been exploring possibility of signing David Luiz from Chelsea as part of Giroud deal - as per @DavidWoodsStar yesterday - or Roma’s Kostas Manolas. Would be one or other, no idea if it will happen. Defence a clear concern #AFC#CFC— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 31, 2018 3:40PM Giroud is a done deal! As reported earlier initial 18 month contract for Giroud to fit into Chelsea policy for over 30s - he’ll have a year left like cesc, Pedro and Luiz at the end of the season and will only be offered one year option/extension. Dzeko wanted two and a half years— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 31, 2018 3:34PM Man City make third bid for Riyad Mahrez Jason Burt Manchester City have submitted a third bid for Riyad Mahrez. The offer is believed to be in excess of £60million – although it still falls someway short of the £90million British record valuation that Leicester City were quoting on Tuesday. Mahrez is desperate to make the move before the transfer window closes having submitted a transfer request. It is possible that City will return with yet another offer, if this one is rejected, and the make-up of the latest bid is unclear amid claims they may also be willing to offer Leicester a player. City have so far failed with offers of around £50million and £55million for the Algerian international who is not in the squad for Leicester’s Premier League fixture away to Everton this evening. 3:26PM West Ham register Hugill interest Sam Wallace West Ham have made an inquiry about the Preston North End striker Jordan Hugill, whose rise through the Football League has taken him all the way from a loan at Gateshead in the Conference Premier in 2013 to the possibility of a move to the Premier League this window. Crystal Palace had looked at the 25-year-old but are currently hopeful of signing FC Midtjylland’s Norwegian striker Alexander Sorloth for around £9 million which would end their interest in Hugill. There is also interest in the Preston target man from both Reading and Hull City who are both looking for that style of striker. Jordan Hugill rises to score at Newcastle last term Credit: Getty Images Preston have resisted attempts so far to sell the player, who did miss Tuesday’s win over Nottingham Forest because of the uncertainty around his future. The premium placed on strikers in the Football League has meant that Hugill has attracted interest from the division above. So too in League One where Jack Marriott, top goalscorer in the division, has been valued at £7 million by Peterborough United. That figure has deterred the clubs interested in him, in particular Leeds United. 3:24PM Giroud to Chelsea announcement could be imminent As per others - Giroud to Chelsea done— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) January 31, 2018 Our man Matt Law says the deal is done and Giroud has signed an 18-month contract at Stamford Bridge after the clubs agreed an £18m fee. 3:03PM Take it or leave Sky Sports News reporting Manchester City have made a final offer of £65 million plus 'a player' for Riyad Mahrez. Leicester are 'considering the offer' with no response yet. We’re told Manchester City preparing to pay cash + player [deal around £65m] for Riyad Mahrez. #MCFC#LCFC More on #SSN— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) January 31, 2018 2:55PM Deadline Day recap: what has happened so far Just over eight hours to go in this January transfer window. If you have managed to miss everything that has gone on so far today then firstly, well done, and secondly, here's what has happened: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal for club-record fee from Dortmund Mesut Ozil agrees a new Arsenal contract that will take him to 2021 Michy Batshuayi has been pictured undergoing a medical at Dortmund ahead of a loan move Olivier Giroud could complete his move to Chelsea before the deadline Leicester are holding out for £90m for Riyad Mahrez with Man City interested Lucas Mourai is expected to complete £25m switch to Tottenham Islam Slimani is in Newcastle ahead of a loan move to the club Martin Dúbravka, the Slovakia goalkeeper, is heading to England to complete a loan move to St James' Park Eliaquim Mangala is close to a loan switch to Everton West Ham have a bid rejected for Anderlecht's Leander Dendoncker 2:32PM Everton update: Mangala close to loan move This from Merseyside correspondent Chris Bascombe: Everton's move for Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala is close to completion. The loan is now likely to include a provision to make the deal permanent in the summer. Davy Klaassen, however, has gone off the idea of moving to Napoli, indicating he wants to fight for his place. Everton bound: Eliaquim Mangala Credit: Getty Images 2:29PM Arrival at Crystal Palace Being a Sky Sports deadline day reporter has not been easy in recent years, so this is nice to see. Palace fans way too kind. A cake delivery from @becsj76 Thank you!x #deadlinedaypic.twitter.com/6EAFxjTKP9— Michael Bridge (@MichaelBridge_) January 31, 2018 2:18PM Goalkeeper en route to the Premier League Quick, deploy Flight Radar! Goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka is on his way to England, according to his current Sparta Prague, with an unnamed Premier League club in line to secure his services. Reports in the north-east suggest Newcastle will be the lucky recipients - a loan move before a permanent transfer in the summer. ⚠️����➡️���� Martin Dúbravka has left the training camp and is on the way to England now. Sparta will negotiate about a possible move to @premierleague. pic.twitter.com/JK4m0q5vmD— AC Sparta Prague (@ACSparta_EN) January 31, 2018 2:13PM Quiet deadline day for Liverpool, but one departure The have confirmed 22-year-old Lloyd Jones has left for League Two Luton Town. As our correspondent Chris Bascombe reported earlier, very little is expected from the club before the 11pm deadline. Perhaps another outgoing. Liverpool FC can confirm that Lloyd Jones has today completed a permanent transfer to Luton Town. The defender joined the Reds from hometown club Plymouth Argyle in 2011 and subsequently progressed through the club's Academy teams. Recent seasons have seen Jones gain further experience out on loan with Cheltenham Town, Accrington Stanley, Blackpool and Swindon Town. He now heads permanently to Luton Town aiming to boost their push for promotion from League Two. Everyone at Liverpool FC wishes Lloyd all the best for the future. 2:07PM Islam Slimani arrives in Newcastle The Leicester striker has landed in the city to finalise his loan move to St James' Park. One of the final stages will be a medical, despite having a thigh problem. Newcastle in need of a striker so much they are ready to give Slimani a go. Idea of Islam Slimani having a medical at Newcastle is amusing, given that: a) they literally have no other options. b) he's injured.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) January 31, 2018 1:41PM Samir Nasri anyone? There's no getting away from Arsenal news and connections today as we learn that Samir Nasri is a free agent after Turkish side Antalyaspor agreed to terminate his contract. Just after half a season after moving from Manchester City to Turkey, the 30-year-old is on the hunt for another club after Antalyaspor's financial woes meant they had no other choice but to let him go. As an out of contract player Nasri would have to wait until the end of the transfer window before he can join anyone. But surely the likes of West Ham, Leicester or Watford might come in for the former Arsenal midfielder in the coming days? Nasri is a free agent Credit: Reuters 1:22PM Before the uproar over Ozil wages This is an interesting tweet from Sporting Intelligence's Nick Harris. It's all relative. In 1989-1990, Arsenal's highest paid employee earned £245k a year, or 3.2% of their £7.6m income. Ozil's new contract is worth about £16.9m a year, or about 3.8% of their income. Plus ça change, apart from a few noughts. pic.twitter.com/S2De90hxRZ— Nick Harris (@sportingintel) January 31, 2018 1:16PM And the Arsenal news doesn't stop there It's not been a bad way for Arsenal to shake off that woeful loss to Swansea last night by breaking their transfer record fee for Aubameyang and tying up Ozil to a new deal. Now there are rumours circling that the club want to sign Schalke midfielder Max Meyer. The 22-year-old is out of contract in the summer so the club would be open to sensible offers having accepted he will leave the club either in this window or at the end of the season. Bild claim Arsenal will make their move today rather than waiting until the summer. The German paper was spot on with their Ozil exclusive. This could be one to watch. Max Meyer helped Germany U21s reach the final of the Euros last summer Credit: AP 12:54PM Ozil deal confirmed Jeremy Wilson, deputy football correspondent here at Telegraph Sport, has been talking to the suits at Arsenal who have confirmed that Germany international Mesut Özil has just become the club's highest paid player of all time. Read all about it right here. 12:47PM Carvalhal preparing triple swoop Not content with earning back-to-back wins in the Premier League following their defeats of Liverpool and Arsenal, Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal is hoping to strengthen his squad before the day is over. John Percy has all the latest . . . Swansea City are in talks with Leicester City over a possible loan deal for Wales international Andy King. Carlos Carvalhal is desperate to land at least three new signings today and midfielder King is on his radar. Andre Ayew is expected to seal a return to the Liberty Stadium in an £18 million move from West Ham, while talks are ongoing with Liverpool over a deal for Lazar Markovic. Liverpool prefer a £15m permanent arrangement for Markovic but a loan looks most likely at this stage. 12:39PM West Ham in for Dendoncker One of our many writers with their ears to the ground – Matt Law – is hearing that West Ham are looking to bolster their midfield with a 22-year-old from Passendale in Belgium. As yet, though, the east Londoners have yet to find their man. West Ham United have had an opening bid rejected by Anderlecht for Leander Dendoncker. David Moyes's side want to sign a midfielder today, as well as a striker, and have watched Dendoncker in recent weeks. But Anderlecht want at least £20 million for the player and West Ham’s opening offer fell way short of that. West Ham may well make a second bid before the window shuts at 11pm. 12:24PM Ozil's new contract a done deal? The BBC's David Ornstein has backed up Bild's report this morning that Mesut Ozil has signed a new deal at Arsenal. According to Ornstein, the Germany international has agreed a three-and-a-half year deal until the summer of 2021. The report adds that he will become the "highest-paid player in club history on around £350k per week before tax". EXCLUSIVE: Mesut Ozil signs a new three-and-a-half year contract to remain at Arsenal until summer 2021. Becomes highest-paid player in club history on around £350k per week before tax. Deal agreed last weekend, signed at Colney this morning. Could take him to 8yrs at #AFC & 32yo pic.twitter.com/600XtVnbnH— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) January 31, 2018 12:22PM Lewandowski bids farewell to Aubameyang The two were rivals on the pitch and enjoyed their battles but all's fair in love and war as Robert Lewandowski becomes one of the first Bundesliga players to say ta-ta to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Good luck @Aubameyang7 It was a pleasure to compete with you. Only a healthy fight is pushing us forward. ��— Robert Lewandowski (@lewy_official) January 31, 2018 12:00PM Sorloth and Hugill on Palace's radar Christian Benteke has welcomed Palace's search for attacking recruits. Sam Dean has the latest from Selhurst Park and what the Belgian makes of Roy Hodgson's attempts to strengthen their frontline. Crystal Palace are clearly keen to sign a striker today, with Alexander Sorloth of FC Midtjylland and Preston's Jordan Hugill both linked with a move to south London. The efforts to recruit another attacker are hardly the greatest vote of confidence in the struggling Christian Benteke, who has scored just two goals all season, but the Belgian has welcomed the prospect of competition up front. "I think it's fair from them," he said when asked about Palace management looking to bring players in. "I am ready to fight for my place and hopefully if they can bring another quality player in, it will be more than welcome." We can confirm Jordan Hugill was available for selection this evening, but given recent speculation regarding his future the manager decided a team fully focused on the game was what would be needed for the match. #pnefc— Preston North End FC (@pnefc) January 30, 2018 11:54AM Er? As cryptic tweets go, this is quite something. ������ ... ��— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) January 31, 2018 11:46AM The final piece in the puzzle? Matt Law has the latest on Olivier Giroud's switch to Chelsea, which would complete the transfer merry-go-round. Chelsea believe they can stick to club policy by handing Olivier Giroud an initial 18-month contract once his medical is complete. Giroud’s agent travelled to London to complete the formalities of the 31-year-old’s £18 million switch from Arsenal. With Michy Batshuayi in Germany undergoing a medical ahead of his loan move to Borussia Dortmund, Giroud is due to take his Chelsea tests. The Blues have broken recent policy by paying a fee for an outfield player over the age of 30, but hope to stick to their strict rules regarding contracts. By signing Giroud to an 18-month deal, Chelsea will ensure that the Frenchman will be in the same position as their other 30-plus stars, Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and David Luiz, in the summer. All of the over-30 brigade will have 12 months remaining on their contracts at the end of the season, with Chelsea only set to offer one-year renewals. One of the reasons Chelsea pulled out of a move for Roma’s Edi Dzeko was that the Bosnian wanted a two-and-a-half-year contract that would have broken club policy. Giroud played the final 14 minutes of Arsenal's defeat at Swansea last night Credit: Getty Images 11:34AM Batshuayi having Dortmund medical The three-way transfer is happening. The Aubameyang deal has been signed off, now Dortmund are finalising their replacement with Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi currently having his medical. Olivier Giroud's agent is said to be at the Emirates going through the details of his expected switch to Stamford Bridge. Isn't it great when a plan comes together? ������@mbatshuayipic.twitter.com/Vb0f38J7Ug— Borussen Edition (@BorussenEdition) January 31, 2018 11:22AM Arsenal to reveal Aubameyang's squad number in due course Here's what Arsenal have to say about their club-record arrival who joins on a long-term contract. Auba is one of the world’s most highly-rated strikers. He scored 98 goals in 144 Bundesliga games for Dortmund and had a hand in 172 goals in 213 matches in all competitions for his former club. That works out at an average of 96 minutes per goal or assist. Auba is the Gabon captain and all-time top goalscorer, and became the first Gabonese winner of the African Footballer of the Year award in 2015. This deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes and Auba’s squad number will be confirmed shortly. 98 - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 98 Bundesliga goals: Inside Box - 97 Outside Box - 1 Penalties - 10 Headed - 13 Right Foot - 64 Left Foot - 20 Other Body Part - 1 Poacher. pic.twitter.com/iXHx1rFuDJ— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 29, 2018 #YoPierre �� pic.twitter.com/VKlUZdOqv1— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2018 11:15AM Done deal! He’s ours ✅ #YoPierrehttps://t.co/DiDb4Ewvt6— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) January 31, 2018 11:11AM Dortmund confirm Aubameyang switch Borussia Dortmund say they have reached an agreement to sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Arsenal for £56m. We're now just waiting on word from Arsenal. �� Pierre-Emerick #Aubameyang wechselt vom BVB zum FC @Arsenal! Alle Infos: https://t.co/zxGMwUOUtypic.twitter.com/pkkfDVLPvj— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) January 31, 2018 11:10AM Blind will join Roma - but not until the summer Daley Blind isn't likely to leave Manchester United for Roma today, but a deal will be concluded in the summer instead. That's the verdict of the defender's father, Danny, who confirmed the Italians are keen on the 27-year-old. The word on the street was that Roma were keen to sign Blind as a replacement for Emerson Palmeri who joined Chelsea last night. "I can confirm that Roma want Daley but United don’t want to let him go on loan, only on a permanent basis," Danny Blind told LaRoma24. "They don’t want to sell him now, only in the summer. Maybe if we had a few days, a week perhaps, but we’ve only got a few hours.” Daley Blind looks on course to move to Roma in the summer Credit: AP Blind has not travelled with the United squad to London ahead of their fixture against Tottenham due to an ankle injury. The Dutchman has not featured for United since January 5. 11:01AM Gone in 14 days Will Aubameyang and Lacazette fill the void? Aubameyang has undergone medical. Arsenal poised to sell their top scorer in each of the past five seasons (Walcott 21 goals, Giroud 22, Sanchez 25, Giroud 24 and Sanchez 30) in the space of 14 days.— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) January 31, 2018 10:51AM Saints' deal for Promes hits the rocks Spending the Virgil van Dijk cash has been harder than Southampton thought. This just in from our deputy football correspondent Jeremy Wilson. Southampton’s potential club record £26.4 million signing of Quincy Promes has become increasingly unlikely amid Spartak Moscow’s failure to recruit a replacement. Negotiations have been ongoing for several weeks and, while Southampton are willing to meet the valuation and Promes is ready to join, Spartak have been reluctant to lose their star player without an incoming signing. Southampton broke their club record with the £19.2 million signing last week of striker Guido Carrillo from Monaco, but the priority this month was to add the pace and goal threat that the 26-year-old Promes would have provided. An attempt to sign Theo Walcott from Arsenal also failed, with Everton willing to pay around £140,000-a-week in wages against a package from Southampton worth £120,000 that would have made him the best paid player in their history. Quincy Promes' (middle) move now looks increasingly unlikely Credit: Getty Images Southampton also considered Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge but he moved to West Bromwich Albion on loan until the end of the season. Barring any change now from Spartak, Southampton are now looking elsewhere today in the hope that other opportunities could emerge amid the trading elsewhere. Southampton sold Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool for £75 million before the January transfer window had even opened so that they had the funds to make signings but it has been a largely frustrating month. The team have still not won in the Premier League since November and have slipped into the relegation zone. A lack of creativity has been the main problem, with injured striker Charlie Austin their top scorer so far this season with six. Their other two main strikers – Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long – have just four goals between them. Carrillo made only two starts all season at Monaco in France’s Ligue 1 but had the best year of his career under current Southampton manager Manuel Pellegrino when they were together in Argentina at Estudiantes. "It’s really important as a player, above all as a striker, to be given confidence by the manager, coaches and the club," said Carrillo. "It gives me lots of confidence and I want to take that confidence out onto the pitch." 10:42AM Slimani to Newcastle in on There could finally be some joy for Newcastle and Rafael Benitez in the transfer market. After missing out on Daniel Sturridge, it looks like Islam Slimani will be heading to St James' Park. Newcastle United expected to sign striker Islam Slimani from Leicester City. Told it should be a loan - fee of around £2m - until end of season plus covering his wages.— Jason Burt (@JBurtTelegraph) January 31, 2018 Only stumbling block, however, could be whether the Algerian has suffered an injury setback in training. Sky are reporting the 29-year-old picked up a thigh problem which could rule him out for a couple of weeks. 10:28AM News from the Championship And our midlands man John Percy also has the latest goings on away from the top-flight. Andy King, the Leicester midfielder, is a target for Nottingham Forest but the move appears remote at this stage. Derby striker Chris Martin is set to have a medical at Reading later today as he prepares to move on loan. Derby's pursuit of West Brom's James McClean is over after they were quoted a mind-boggling £15m. Quite a coup for Nigel Clough at Burton Albion too - the strugglers are signing Manchester City's 2016 young player of the year, Jacob Davenport, on loan. He's a holding midfielder who can also cover at left-back and is highly regarded by City. 10:25AM Stoke close on Ndiaye John Percy says Stoke are confident that their deal for Badou Ndiaye will not be held up by a work permit issue. Here's the latest from the Potteries. Stoke are close to completing a £15m deal for Galatasaray's Badou Ndiaye, with the midfielder undergoing a medical on Tuesday night. Ndiaye, a Senegal international, is expected to attend tonight's game against Watford and Stoke are confident a work permit will not be an issue. Crystal Palace, meanwhile, have been told to pay £10m for USA international Geoff Cameron, who also has interest from Burnley. But Stoke are expecting a quiet day with no other incomings. In my opinion, the fact they have avoided selling Joe Allen - who has been brilliant this season - is a huge plus point. 10:21AM Moura nears £25m Spurs switch Lucas Moura's expected £25m switch to Tottenham has moved a step closer with reports that the winger has completed his medical. The 25-year-old was once spoken as one of the most exciting young talents in the world but has found himself on the fringes at Paris Saint Germain in recent months. Lucas Moura has not enjoyed the happiest of times at PSG recently Credit: AFP Neymar has been upset by PSG's treatment of the Brazil international. He said of Moura's likely departure: “I'm sad, because he's a good friend, he's a quality player who was rarely used. “I think it's very unfair. He is my brother in football. “I wish him the best. Whatever the destination, I hope he will score a lot and he will return to the Brazilian national team. “He's not just a friend, he's a very good guy. Here he could have been used a lot more but I'm not the owner of the team, not the owner of Paris. “For me, he should never have left Paris." Lucas has won four league titles in France and has made more than 30 appearances for Brazil. 10:02AM Mahrez update Here's the latest news on Riyad Mahrez's future from our football news correspondent Matt Law. Riyad Mahrez is set to miss Leicester City’s game against Everton tonight as he tries to force a deadline day move to Manchester City. Having handed in a transfer request, Mahrez has not been part of Leicester’s preparations for the Everton game. The Algeria international is not with the rest of the Leicester squad at the team hotel as he waits to discover his fate. City are thought to be ready to pay around £55 million to sign Mahrez today, but Leicester value the winger at closer to £90m. Sources close to the deal believe it could go either way at this stage, but Mahrez is ready to fight to try to make a transfer happen. 9:52AM Powell wanted by Brighton Nick Powell has been running rings round defenders in League One for leaders Wigan this season but how would he adjust to life back in the Premier League? The 23-year-old has recovered from the injuries which hindered his Manchester United tenure to score 11 goals this season and has drawn attention from Brighton among others. Now it seems Chris Hughton has tabled a £3m bid for the forward and wants Powell to make what would be a massive switch in terms of gulf of standard and mileage on the map. According to some reports, a potential deal could be held up as Wigan are in the middle of a takeover to new Chinese owners. Different gravy! @NPowell25#wafcpic.twitter.com/lbwnf4zDlj— Cal (@CalWafc) January 27, 2018 9:39AM A busy day for Hodgson and Palace Crystal Palace's injury to Bakary Sako last night means Roy Hodgson and his backroom staff will be active in the transfer market today. Here's what our man Sam Dean, who was at the London Stadium covering Palace's 1-1 draw with West Ham, has to say. It will come as no surprise that both David Moyes and Roy Hodgson were asked about potential comings and goings after last night's draw at the London Stadium. Hodgson, the Crystal Palace manager, has been saying ever since he arrived that they are in need of reinforcements, and they are very much in the market still despite already signing Poland centre-back Jaroslaw Jach and Erdal Rakip, the Sweden under-21 international. Hodgson said the injury to Bakary Sako last night makes it even more important that Palace are busy today. "We have been talking about it since September 12," Hodgson said. "Nothing changes. I suppose you could say it [the injury] makes it a bit more imperative to bring players in as we are going to have a very small squad... I am hoping for some good news in the next few hours." As for West Ham, Moyes confirmed that Swansea had made an offer for Andre Ayew, but said he could not make a decision on that until "we get players in". Stay tuned. Bakary Sako limped off in the first half at West Ham Credit: AFP 9:30AM Newcastle close on deal for Slovakia goalkeeper Our north east correspondent Luke Edwards says that Newcastle have two bits of business they are hoping to tie up today. While we've already covered their interest in striker Islam Slimani, Rafael Benitez is confident of signing Slovakia goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague on loan. Dubravka has won nine caps for Slovakia and faced both England and Scotland during the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign. 9:21AM Happy Jim White day The legend of the transfer deadline day window is alive and well on this fine day. His first tweet of the day ladies and gentlemen. It's a bold one to kick off proceedings. It's a Deadline Day Good Morning! Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang medical about to get underway @Arsenal.— Jim White (@JimWhite) January 31, 2018 9:19AM Nothing doing at Liverpool... And across Stanley Park, our man Chris Bascombe has the latest goings on at Anfield. Although we use the latest wording loosely... Jurgen Klopp has said he won’t be adding to his squad today and he is not bluffing. Liverpool kicked off the transfer window by signing Virgil Van Dijk, which is far too organised for some tastes. Far better to let the month drag on and scramble a deal in the last minute, obviously. They also sold Philippe Coutinho but decided to wait until the summer to re-invest the £142 million. So all that is left is an assortment of fringe players. Ovie Ojaria looks to be heading to Sunderland on loan, and Lazar Markovic is being touted to just about any club in Europe. Swansea is the most likely destination. There is also the possibility of Jon Flanagan moving on loan at some point today. 9:04AM Everton step up Mangala interest Our Merseyside correspondent Chris Bascombe has the latest news on goings on at Goodison Park. Despite playing down expectations, Everton manager Sam Allardyce is evidently still trying to add to his squad before tonight’s deadline. Manchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala is the latest to attract interest. Everton would like him on loan for the rest of the season. Given Allardyce had earlier suggested a left back was his priority it is an intriguing move, particularly given the number of centre-halves at the club. Everton are also likely to be active trying to offload many of those lauded so much when they were signed in the summer. Striker Sandro has already agreed a loan move to Sevilla, which will proceed subject to a medical. And Davy Klaassen is interesting Napoli. The more Allardyce can shift, the more likely he is to add new faces before 11 pm. The deal of last summer, however, look more suspect by the week. 8:59AM Song trains with Arsenal Arsenal love nothing more than allowing former players to join their squad in a training session or two if they are a) continuing their rehabilitation following a lengthy lay-off or b) helping them maintain fitness levels while said player is on lookout for their next club. Well, Alex Song falls into the latter category after Rubin Kazan told the 30-year-old to find another club as they are not financially sound to pay his wages. Song, who left Arsenal for Barcelona in a £15m deal in 2012, has in recent days been training with the club and could potentially be resigned by Arsene Wenger after the window closes this evening. He would be available on a free transfer. #Repost @jackwilshere ・・・ Good to see you my friend @17alexsong ❤�� always pleasure my friend ❤️���� A post shared by a.song17 (@17alexsong) on Jan 24, 2018 at 9:31pm PST Song watched Arsenal's 2-1 League Cup semi-final second leg win over Chelsea at the Emirates last week and has been sharing the odd picture on social media as he cuddles up to current members of the team. Song will have fond memories of his time at Arsenal and indeed Barcelona - aside from this one moment perhaps at the Nou Camp... Flash back to when Alex Song thought Puyol was going to let him hold the trophy but instead grabbed Abidal pic.twitter.com/EttK8oA85X— �� (@BaguetteFC) January 23, 2018 8:40AM Tug of war over Slimani West Ham have also joined the race to sign Leicester striker Islam Slimani. Newcastle, Watford and Monaco have all indicated their desire to sign the Algerian international and now the Hammers are said to have joined the queue. While Monaco are keen on a loan move for the 29-year-old, Leicester want Slimani to leave on a permanent deal after fellow strikers Leo Ulloa and Ahmed Musa went out on loan. Slimani set Leicester back around £28m when he joined in the summer of 2016 and the club are keen to recoup some of the fee. Slimani has scored two goals in 17 appearances for the Foxes this term. If he doesn't move to another Premier League rival this window, there is always the option of a move to China where the window doesn't close until the end of February. Watch this space. Islam Slimani is a player in demand Credit: Andrew Fox 8:23AM West Ham back in for Cairney West Ham are reported to have reignited their interest in Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney. An initial bid thought to be around the £15m mark was made by West Ham for the reigning EFL Player of the Year earlier in the month, only for the Championship side to slap a £40m price tag on their playmaker. The Hammers haven't been put off by Fulham's demands and are expected to try their luck with another bid, according to one club insider. Twitter account ExWHUemployee, who has been a reliable source of insider information surrounding the club, says West Ham will step up their interest. A possibility yes! Although another bid is in for Cairney too https://t.co/IYHA97zFMn— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) January 31, 2018 Reece Oxford, meanwhile, will sit down with David Moyes this morning to discuss his own future at London Stadium. Oxford spent the first half of the season on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach making four appearances. West Ham recalled him at the start of the year, and could yet be needed to remain in London due to their injury crisis. 8:00AM La Galaxy coy on Zlatan rumours There are contrasting rumours circling around Zlatan Ibrahimovic this morning. French sports daily L'Equipe claim the Swede signed a deal with MLS giants LA Galaxy THREE WEEKS AGO, but the club's head coach Sigi Schmid has been coy on such revelations. “There’s been a lot of talk about it in the past and it’s something that maybe gets opened up again. “I don’t know what’s there. If there was something there, I’m sure we’d all know. Right now, it’s all rumors.” Ibrahimovic is currently recovering from an injury setback he suffered last month and his contract at Manchester United expires this summer. The report in L'Equipe adds that he will finish his rehabilitation at United before heading to California ahead of the MLS season getting under way in March. Being told @Ibra_official#ZlatanInrahimovic signed a contract with @LAGalaxy three weeks ago from a source in the #EPL - Just waiting for the next 48 hours to to go by... He would be in L.A. By Monday, February 5th. Merci, L'Equipe. @LaVoxDeportivapic.twitter.com/ZSED3ulcZe— Rene Romano (@reneromanosport) January 31, 2018 7:35AM And Ozil is staying put... Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's deal may not yet be finalised but his near arrival has been enough for Mesut Ozil to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Emirates. That's what Bild are reporting this morning. And it's not the only burning issue the German international has said yes to. The article adds that the 29-year-old will get married to his girlfriend Amine Gülse after this year's World Cup in Russia. So does that mean she asked him? The details aren't exactly clear. The German newspaper adds that Ozil will earn €350,000 (£306,691) a week to extend his stay in north London. 7:15AM Arsenal jump the gun on Aubameyang signing Ooops. Spare a thought for one member of Arsenal's website team this morning who appears to have let adrenaline and excitement get the better of them over the expected signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. In the early hours of Wednesday morning, Arsenal uploaded a new video to their official website in which Wenger confirmed their record signing. The video was swiftly removed but not before quick-thinking Arsenal supporters watched the clip. The interview, on Arsenal Player, starts with the interviewer saying to the Arsenal manager: "So, Aubameyang is an Arsenal player, you must be delighted to get the deal done?" Wenger responds: "Yes, it is good news. We need people who can give us more offensive power. "At the moment, we aren’t enough going forward and I am convinced he will give us that. He has a big challenge in front of him. He wants to do well in the Premier League. It is absolutely good news for us. "His pace, his finishing. The quality of his runs. His huge physical capacity, that will be important in the Premier League." Wenger has confirmed that Aubameyang has signed for Arsenal: pic.twitter.com/gZzX5jtrlb— Sam (@samuelJayC) January 31, 2018 7:05AM Sandro returns to Spain After just 15 appearances for Everton, Sandro Ramirez has returned to Spain and joined Sevilla on loan for the rest of the season. The 22-year-old forward only arrived in the summer for £5.2m and has scored one goal in the Europa League. Another of Everton's summer signings, Davy Klassen, could be on his way out of Goodison Park. Klaassen has played just 13 games since joining as one of Ronald Koeman's big-money signings but has struggled to settle on Merseyside. The £24m recruit is looking for a route away from the club having not featured for Sam Allardyce's side since December. Napoli are interested in the 24-year-old and are said to have opened talks over a loan deal. Sandro Ramirez hasn't enjoyed the best of spells on Merseyside Credit: Getty Images 6:55AM Eto'o a staple of the window A grand total of £105.3m has been spent on transfer fees for Samuel Eto'o in just nine years. The former Cameroon international has become a regular face and name of windows gone by and this one is no different. The former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid striker, who is still only 36-years-old, is expected to sign for Turkish top-flight club Konyaspor later after being released by Antalyaspor. Konyaspor are likely to pay £1.35m for his services. He's still a big draw where ever he goes, though... This video warrants Samuel Eto'o a monument from his country. Konyaspor fans hail his arrival from Antalyaspor. pic.twitter.com/sRqS5Y5vC3— ekondedaniel (@ekondedaniel4) January 31, 2018 6:35AM Mahrez wants out at Leicester Perhaps one of the biggest twists on transfer deadline day eve, if there is such a day in the calendar, was Riyad Mahrez's late call to declare his unhappiness with life at Leicester and slap another transfer request on the manager's desk. Ok, so Mahrez might not have been quite as forceful with his decision to lay his cards on the table, but it's a kick in the teeth for Leicester's Claude Puel who has been doing a fine job at the King Power Stadium since replacing Craig Shakespeare. No wonder Puel wants the January transfer window to be scrapped in future. Mahrez's people have been quick to take note of Leroy Sane's long lay-off at Manchester City and jumped to the conclusion that Pep Guardiola would now be in the marker for a like-for-like replacement, and they appear to be on to something. Leicester's owners are taking a hard stance on the situation, though, and insist one of their biggest assets is not for sale. It is thought £90m might persuade them otherwise! Here's the full story. Mahrez is alleged to have failed to turn up for training on Tuesday, ahead of their game at Everton Credit: Getty Images 6:24AM Bye, bye, Giroud? Olivier Giroud looks to have played one last time in an Arsenal shirt with Arsene Wenger admitting after last night's awful 3-1 loss at Swansea that he was likely to be heading for pastures new. The France targetman is in search of more regular first-team football to boost his own World Cup hopes and still is on course to complete an £18m to Chelsea at some point today. Giroud was brought on late on with Arsenal chasing the game at the Liberty Stadium as Wenger trusted his compatriot not to let the club down. Wenger said: “It’s a tribute to Olivier, yes, because he is a guy who gave great service to the club and never let us down on the commitment front and saved us many times. I have absolutely no doubt when I ask him if he is ready to commit and he says yes I have no problem with that. That is why I put him in because it was needed. Unfortunately he couldn’t help us.” 6:07AM It's transfer deadline day! Morning all and welcome to our transfer deadline day coverage which promises