Champions League: Five-star Liverpool thrash Porto with Sadio Mane hat-trick

Champions League: Five-star Liverpool thrash Porto with Sadio Mane hat-trick

Klopp's opposite number Sergio Conceicao said that Porto had the game under control until Mane broke the deadlock in the 25th minute.

Senegal global Mane has endured a roller-coaster season after being sent off at Manchester City and then getting an injury but after struggling in recent weeks he appears to have found some goalscoring form at least. Harry Kane's finish against Juventus on Tuesday equalled Gerrard's tally for most goals for an Englishman, whereas Firmino's seventh on Wednesday equalled the tally for most strikes from a Red.

There was still time for Mane to complete his hat-trick and effectively end any hopes Porto had of a second-leg recovery, with Liverpool's progression looking assured already.

The game has changed because going back to years ago when we played, you obviously had to win the league to get into the Champions League.

Liverpool's win was the joint biggest away Champions League knockout victory, equaling Bayern Munich's 5-0 win at Sporting in February 2009 and Real Madrid at Schalke in February 2014. They haven't progressed past the quarter-finals since they lifted the trophy in 2004.

The hosts ultimately became the latest side unable to cope with Liverpool's pace on the counter-attack.

Liverpool's next goal will see Jurgen Klopp's men record a century for the season, but the captain also flagged the club's desire to build on their three consecutive shutouts away from Anfield.

In the 2008/09 season, Gerrard (from midfield, bear in mind) notched up a rather impressive seven goals in only eight Champions League games - which set the bar for both the most amount of goals in a single campaign for an Englishman, and for a Liverpool player.

The forward is on a quite incredible run of goalscoring form that shows no sign of slowing down.

Liverpool are unbeaten against Porto, having played them four times in all competitions (W2 D2).

Vincent Aboubakar is the top scorer for Porto this season.

But in reality we should perhaps take it with a pinch of salt.

The Egypt global has been in prolific form in all competitions so far this season following his £39m move to Liverpool FC from Serie A giants AS Roma in the summer transfer window.