Liverpool’s Champions League campaign resumed with a stunning victory in Portugal, beating FC Porto 5-0 to put one foot firmly in the quarter-finals.
FC Porto 0-5 Liverpool
Goals: Mane 25′ 52′ 85′, Salah 29′, Firmino 69′
Away Goals Rule!
It’s no secret that Liverpool are an attack-minded team, but even so, Porto must be wondering what hit them.
The Reds were extremely clever at times, luring the Primeira Liga side on before slicing them apart ruthlessly.
Many fans might have taken a draw, particularly a score draw, before the game—but there still would have been an expectation that the Reds would attempt to attack whenever possible.
Fair to say, it remains the team’s best method to control matches, and of course an away goal made the lure of attacking even greater.
Five away goals? Dreamland.
The Reds have gone on to be European champions any time they’ve won in Portugal on the way; by that token, the Champions League is already wrapped up after this result.
Sadio Mane: Restart
After more than a few weeks of struggle, half-returns to form and teetering on the brink of impact, Sadio Mane exploded.
His work rate was excellent throughout the game, tracking back down the left flank and helping to regain possession, but it was his rising confidence in the final third which sent the Reds to victory.
The first goal might have been fortuitous, thanks to Jose Sa’s fumble, but Mane repeatedly put himself into positions to score—just…