Mane, Salah and Firmino score goals as Liverpool reduced Porto to undetectable team at the Estadio do Dragao in the Champions League round of 16 and become favorites to reach the quarter finals.
Sadio Mane opened the scores, followed by Mohammed Salah before Mane made it three and Roberto Firmino grabbed the fourth as Mane completed hat trick later with the fifth goal.
Mane capitalized on the goal keeper error at the 25th minute to get a breakthrough for the visitors as he started his hat trick journey.
Whereas, five minutes later Salah doubled their lead with a notable skill, the Egyptian juggled the ball, spotlessly controlled it with his slight header, before clinically finishing it.
Mane again being tactically well positioned during an attacking build up that was orchestrated by Firmino who gave a back heel in his own half to Salah as the Liverpool attacking trio reigned into the final third of the pitch.
Salah passed to Firmino whose shot was parried away unfortunately and fortunately found Mane who put the ball at the back of the net to stretched their.
During Firmino’s goal, Milner was involved as he squared the ball towards the spot to find the Brazil international who flustered in a low shot and Made intentional shot from outside the box to reach the hat trick landmark at the 82nd.
The victory logical the Reds secured in Portugal since 1980s makes them favorites to reach the quarter finals although they will have to play a return leg three weeks from now against Porto at the Anfield.
Porto will have to beat the Kops with similar number of goals as the restrain Liverpool from scoring any single goal in order to have a chance to go ahead of the English club.
Meanwhile Salah’s name appearance on the score sheet means the CAF African Footballer of the Year has now scored 30 goals in 37 games for Liverpool this season.
A record last held by former striker Luis Suarez but the Egyptian has potential to surpass and make new history considering the remaining time before the end of the season.