Sadio Mane steps out from Mohamed Salah's shadow for historic hat-trick

Sadio Mane steps out from Mohamed Salah's shadow for historic hat-trick

Sadio Mane steps out from Mohamed Salah's shadow for historic hat-trick

"We deserved a better result".

"Yes. You could say that of course", said the gaffer when asked if this was the flawless performance.

In the space of three late minutes, Asensio saw one cross palmed out by Areola and then rebound into the net off Ronaldo's thigh, before another assist was finished off by Marcelo, potentially finishing the tie in the process.

Not long before the goal, Ronaldo squandered one of the game's best chances in a one-on-one situation with Alphonse Areola, his shot hitting the goalkeeper's face.

"Everyone is always talking about the three, but the team make (it) easier because without the team we are nothing", said a smiling Mane, with the match ball cradled in his arms.

Liverpool's Sadio Mane locked his recent underwhelming form behind him and threw away the key after a blistering performance against Porto in the last 16 Champions League tie on Wednesday night.

Liverpool also managed to keep a clean sheet against Southampton, which was their first in the league with Virgil van Dijk starting, so they'll be confident even though the Porto attack is as fiery as Liverpool's. 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. Lovren's on-the-edge style of defending is well balanced by the Dutchman, who has firmly taken charge of this Liverpool backline since joining in January.

A resounding win was completed in the 85th minute when Mane drilled home to become only the fourth Liverpool player to score a hat-trick in the Champions League. But it's of course very important for us. James Milner's curling shot struck the post and Salah was quick to react.

Milner after having a superb game insisted Liverpool could have scored more goals against Porto and also praised teammate Sadio Mane for his deserving hat-trick.

Sa was playing in place of Iker Casillas, dropped earlier this season after falling out of favor with Porto coach Sergio Conceicao, who must have been reconsidering his decision after a shaky performance from the 24-year-old Sa.

Salah's goal came four minutes later and Mane poached his second soon after half-time when Sa failed to palm a Firmino effort into safe territory.