Mané Spreads The Love In Portugal

Liverpool won their first Champions League knockout match for nine years on Wednesday evening as Sadio Mané led the way on Valentine's Day.

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Husbands, wives, partners and more were left with the difficult choice of ditching a nice meal to watch the footy on Wednesday but the lads certainly made sure the risk paid off supplying a 5-0 for the onlooking Kopites. 
Mané grabbed the first goal of the night when a powerful effort was poorly dealt with by the Porto keeper. 

Salah followed four minutes later with an audaciously confident effort. The composure from the Egyptian in order to lift and head the ball away from the keeper before finishing was just phenomenal. He's an absolute god. 

Porto failed to look convincing on their home turf with just a few minor examples on show of their known capability. Sometimes teams just struggle to deal with the constant attack from the Reds and this was certainly the case on Wednesday evening. 

At 53 minutes, Mané had scored again, this time goalkeeper Sa failed to deal with a Firmino effort and the ball splayed out to Sadio, he was never missing this chance and found the back of the net for his second of the night. 

Firmino then ensured he too got on the scoresheet turning home James Milner's cross with 20 minutes to go. 

At 4-0 up, Liverpool could have just calmed it down but seriously, try and name one game under Jurgen Klopp when you've seen us stop attacking? Obviously not content with the four we pushed for the fifth and boy did it come. 

A stunning strike from Mané with just five minutes left of the game made him only the second player ever in Anfield folklore to have scored a hat-trick away from home in Europe. Sublime. 

Away from the lads in attack I also feel Gini Wijnaldum deserves a mention, he had a cracking game in my opinion. The 5-0 victory for the Reds means they can relax a bit more for the return tie at L4, which is a stroke of luck because we also have Manchester United on that following weekend.

And finally, is anyone else falling a little bit in love with James Milner? ... 

Happy Valentines Reds! OHHHHH MANÉ MANÉ!