Cameroon forward Vincent Aboubakar didn't practice with the rest of the squad on Tuesday because of a lingering muscle injury and is not expected to play in Wednesday's first leg at Estadio do Dragao.
There was still time left for Mane to complete his hat-trick, doing so with five minutes to spare after running at the opposition box and sending a shot flying into the bottom corner from 19 yards, killing off the tie after the first leg. The front three fired heavily with Roberto Firmino also registering his name on the scoring sheet for his rampant side. Mo Salah did a couple of keepy ups on his foot and head before bunding the ball in to score his 30th goal in 36 Liverpool appearances.
"Who was quickest? (answer George Allan). Wow".
After the match the Senegal global spoke to Jan Aage Fjortoft on Scandinavian TV, and Mane revealed the former Liverpool defender's instructions. He was splendid with his pace and ball control as he continued to toy around the Porto defenders who became a mute witness to the 25-year-old's breathtaking skills.
He did, however, acknowledge that scoring an away goal would be advantageous to Jürgen Klopp's team ahead of the second meeting in three weeks' time.
"I don't know if Porto are going to be afraid but we are going to make their life hard and make them suffer", said Firmino, who has 20 goals for the season in all competitions.
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"It shows a player in form and a player full of confidence". Even more impressive, Liverpool looked like they need not even go through all the gears as they put proceedings out of reach, making the second-leg at Anfield a mere requirement.
"We want to win every trophy of course".
Yacine Brahimi is the other attacking player helping Porto thrive offensively this season.
Otavio had the Portuguese side's best chance towards the end of the first half, placing his shot just wide of the far post after he was put through on goal.
A few minutes later, it was the Pharaoh's turn to put his name on the score-sheet, after Milner's lovely curler hit the far post, Salah took the ball, beat the keeper in style an tapped in the second. The Egyptian worldwide has been a huge success since arriving on Merseyside from AS Roma in the summer, already finding the back of the net 30 times for Jürgen Klopp's side.