Champions League: Bayern Munich vs FC Barcelona

El Bayern Múnich goleó al Barcelona (4-0) en el

encuentro de ida de las semifinales de la Liga de Campeones, disputado

en el Alianz Arena de Múnich.
Thomas Muller marcó el primer tanto para el equipo de Jupp Heynckes

en el minuto 24, marcador con el que acabó la primera parte. Tras el

descanso, Mario Gomez firmó el segundo en el 49 y el holandés Arjen

Robben, en el 72 anotó el tercero. Muller, en el 81, hizo el cuarto, el

segundo de su cuenta.
El partido de vuelta se disputará en el Camp Nou el próximo miércoles 1 de mayo. EFE

Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are all in action on a busy Saturday - follow it all LIVE!
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Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are all in action on a busy Saturday - follow it all LIVE!
Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are all in action on a busy Saturday - follow it all LIVE!
LIVE SCORES: All the goals as they go in
Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are all in action on a busy Saturday - follow it all LIVE!
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Confira tudo o que rolará nas principais ligas do Velho Continente até segunda-feira (19)
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Brasiliens Nationalspieler Willian begann seine Karriere bei Corinthians aus Sao Paulo und möchte diese auch dort beenden. Dies verriet der Chelsea -Star in einem Interview beim YouTube-Kanal 'Resenha Delas'.
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Brasiliens Nationalspieler Willian begann seine Karriere bei Corinthians aus Sao Paulo und möchte diese auch dort beenden. Dies verriet der Chelsea -Star in einem Interview beim YouTube-Kanal 'Resenha Delas'.
Willian träumt von einem Engagement bei Real Madrid und Barcelona, die für ihn größer als Bayern München sind.
Chelsea-Star Willian: Bayern nicht so groß wie Barcelona und Real Madrid
Willian träumt von einem Engagement bei Real Madrid und Barcelona, die für ihn größer als Bayern München sind.
<p>The Europa League has its share critics and detractors. It&#39;s a second-rate competition, it puts an absolute anvil of travel demands on a team&#39;s schedule and it pales in comparison to the Champions League, both in terms of stature and financial windfall.</p><p>While there is still prestige that comes with a European trophy, the competition has become the Last Chance Kitchen to the Champions League&#39;s Top Chef in many ways, with the ultimate goal being just to get entered into the highest level. That incentive has been a boon to the competition, though. It has forced bigger clubs who would otherwise be unhappy on this stage and might use it to trot out an XI featuring youth players and reserves to take it more seriously. The prime example is Manchester United, who used it as a way back to the Champions League after a sixth-place finish in England a season ago, and here the Red Devils are, a year later, ready to kick off a round-of-16 series on the UCL stage.</p><p>The knockout field, which features third-place finishers from the Champions League group stage, has some pretty intriguing teams. From the likes of Arsenal, Napoli, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund to Lyon (which is hosting the final) and on down the line, the small clubs have their work cut out to knock off the humbled powers en route to the crown.</p><p>So what would make for the best possible final for neutrals who might not otherwise be tuning into the competition? Here are five that would be littered with storylines and put butts in the seats, drawing plenty of prestige-worthy spotlight:</p><p><strong>BORUSSIA DORTMUND vs. ARSENAL</strong></p><p>There are plenty of ties between the two sides. Unfortunately, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn&#39;t eligible to play for Arsenal in the Europa League, so that would put a damper on this matchup, but it wouldn&#39;t remove the storyline of his new club vs. his old one, and he&#39;d be counted on to provide plenty of pre-match fireworks for all to behold. Henrikh Mkhitaryan <em>would</em> be active and able to face his old side, though, and factor in that Arsenal&#39;s chief scout, Sven Mislintat, used to hold that role at Dortmund, and there&#39;s no shortage of overlap. Seeing Christian Pulisic take on Premier League competition <a href="https://www.si.com/sports-illustrated/video/2018/01/12/what-premier-league-team-would-be-best-pulisic" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:could be a nice preview of things to come" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">could be a nice preview of things to come</a>, too.</p><p><strong>NAPOLI vs. ATLETICO MADRID</strong></p><p>Maurizio Sarri and Diego Simeone matching wits. One side of attacking stars like Dries Mertens, Marek Hamsik and Lorenzo Insigne vs. another that features Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa and Saul Niguez. Yep, that will do.</p><p><strong>BORUSSIA DORTMUND vs. ATLETICO MADRID</strong></p><p>Dortmund and Atletico are arguably the two most popular &quot;other&quot; clubs in their respective leagues, in that Germany is dominated by Bayern Munich and Spain is dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid. They&#39;re never underdogs, but given the financial discrepancy these days, they&#39;re also never the favorites and their fan support is immense. This would be special.</p><p><strong>ARSENAL vs. ATLETICO MADRID</strong></p><p>Simeone has been touted as a potential replacement for Arsene Wenger when the time comes for him to move on, and what better way to hammer that point home than by going head-to-head with his elder? Never mind the fact that the starpower on the field would command your attention.</p><p><strong>AC MILAN vs. NAPOLI</strong></p><p>An all-Italian final would be a nice touch for the end of the European season, given that Serie A is giving us the only true title race on the continent. Factor in that Napoli could be vying for a league-cup double and that AC Milan would likely be playing for its Champions League life, and you&#39;d get quite a spectacle.</p><p><strong>ALSO IN THE RUNNING</strong></p><p>Among the numerous other permutations, these five matchups would also give us plenty to talk about, though the odds are against them taking place:</p><p><em>Nice vs. AC Milan</em> - Mario Balotelli&#39;s side vs. one of his former teams? By all means, please do go ahead.</p><p><em>Lyon vs. Marseille</em> - Two of France&#39;s most successful clubs, playing at Lyon&#39;s home stadium, no less, would render an absolutely phenomenal atmosphere.</p><p><em>Arsenal vs. Celtic</em> - Arsene Wenger vs. Brendan Rodgers for a European trophy. It&#39;s a UK tabloid dream!</p><p><em>AC Milan vs. Arsenal </em>- The two sides have European history with one another and used to share the bigger stage. It&#39;d be fitting and quite symbolic, actually, to see them in a second-tier final. And it&#39;d likely mean that one is going to the Champions League, while the other is left out yet again.</p><p><i>Borussia Dortmund vs. RB Leipzig </i>- One of Germany&#39;s most widely beloved clubs in Dortmund vs. one of its most widely despised in RB Leipzig, over how it came to be and its commercial support from Red Bull.</p>
The Neutral's Top 5 Europa League Final Possibilities

The Europa League has its share critics and detractors. It's a second-rate competition, it puts an absolute anvil of travel demands on a team's schedule and it pales in comparison to the Champions League, both in terms of stature and financial windfall.

While there is still prestige that comes with a European trophy, the competition has become the Last Chance Kitchen to the Champions League's Top Chef in many ways, with the ultimate goal being just to get entered into the highest level. That incentive has been a boon to the competition, though. It has forced bigger clubs who would otherwise be unhappy on this stage and might use it to trot out an XI featuring youth players and reserves to take it more seriously. The prime example is Manchester United, who used it as a way back to the Champions League after a sixth-place finish in England a season ago, and here the Red Devils are, a year later, ready to kick off a round-of-16 series on the UCL stage.

The knockout field, which features third-place finishers from the Champions League group stage, has some pretty intriguing teams. From the likes of Arsenal, Napoli, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund to Lyon (which is hosting the final) and on down the line, the small clubs have their work cut out to knock off the humbled powers en route to the crown.

So what would make for the best possible final for neutrals who might not otherwise be tuning into the competition? Here are five that would be littered with storylines and put butts in the seats, drawing plenty of prestige-worthy spotlight:

BORUSSIA DORTMUND vs. ARSENAL

There are plenty of ties between the two sides. Unfortunately, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn't eligible to play for Arsenal in the Europa League, so that would put a damper on this matchup, but it wouldn't remove the storyline of his new club vs. his old one, and he'd be counted on to provide plenty of pre-match fireworks for all to behold. Henrikh Mkhitaryan would be active and able to face his old side, though, and factor in that Arsenal's chief scout, Sven Mislintat, used to hold that role at Dortmund, and there's no shortage of overlap. Seeing Christian Pulisic take on Premier League competition could be a nice preview of things to come, too.

NAPOLI vs. ATLETICO MADRID

Maurizio Sarri and Diego Simeone matching wits. One side of attacking stars like Dries Mertens, Marek Hamsik and Lorenzo Insigne vs. another that features Antoine Griezmann, Diego Costa and Saul Niguez. Yep, that will do.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND vs. ATLETICO MADRID

Dortmund and Atletico are arguably the two most popular "other" clubs in their respective leagues, in that Germany is dominated by Bayern Munich and Spain is dominated by Barcelona and Real Madrid. They're never underdogs, but given the financial discrepancy these days, they're also never the favorites and their fan support is immense. This would be special.

ARSENAL vs. ATLETICO MADRID

Simeone has been touted as a potential replacement for Arsene Wenger when the time comes for him to move on, and what better way to hammer that point home than by going head-to-head with his elder? Never mind the fact that the starpower on the field would command your attention.

AC MILAN vs. NAPOLI

An all-Italian final would be a nice touch for the end of the European season, given that Serie A is giving us the only true title race on the continent. Factor in that Napoli could be vying for a league-cup double and that AC Milan would likely be playing for its Champions League life, and you'd get quite a spectacle.

ALSO IN THE RUNNING

Among the numerous other permutations, these five matchups would also give us plenty to talk about, though the odds are against them taking place:

Nice vs. AC Milan - Mario Balotelli's side vs. one of his former teams? By all means, please do go ahead.

Lyon vs. Marseille - Two of France's most successful clubs, playing at Lyon's home stadium, no less, would render an absolutely phenomenal atmosphere.

Arsenal vs. Celtic - Arsene Wenger vs. Brendan Rodgers for a European trophy. It's a UK tabloid dream!

AC Milan vs. Arsenal - The two sides have European history with one another and used to share the bigger stage. It'd be fitting and quite symbolic, actually, to see them in a second-tier final. And it'd likely mean that one is going to the Champions League, while the other is left out yet again.

Borussia Dortmund vs. RB Leipzig - One of Germany's most widely beloved clubs in Dortmund vs. one of its most widely despised in RB Leipzig, over how it came to be and its commercial support from Red Bull.

Goal te apresenta o guia completo da maior competição do futebol europeu na qual Bayern, Real Madrid, Barcelona e cia. brigam pela supremacia
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Goal te apresenta o guia completo da maior competição do futebol europeu na qual Bayern, Real Madrid, Barcelona e cia. brigam pela supremacia
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. 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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. 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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. 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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. 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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. 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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. 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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. 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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. Liverpool look great at both ends against Porto There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had let a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. 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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Sadio Mane&#39;s third is sweetly struck from 21 yards Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had led a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
After the final whistle the whole Porto squad were involved in a prolonged huddle in the penalty area before their most fervent fans. It was obviously a ritual but it felt more like a group-therapy session after Liverpool destroyed this proud Portuguese club. The Dragons were slain, skewered by an attacking trident of Sadio Mane, who scored a hat-trick, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had declared his side could compete with the best and it was no idle boast. Boom, he said, and here was the evidence that will reverberate. This was Porto’s biggest-ever European defeat. Twenty-four hours after statement performances on European away days by Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City and this was Liverpool’s impressive goal-laden riposte. There was a swagger and a killer instinct while there was an imposing defensive barrier in Virgil van Dijk on his Champions League debut. As much as the goals Klopp will have been delighted by a superbly determined late block by his record signing as Francisco Soares seemed destined to score a consolation goal. The clean sheet mattered. This emphatic result means that after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in nine years Liverpool will at least go one round further. The return leg at Anfield on March 6, four days before Liverpool face Manchester United away in the Premier League, is a formality. And no one will want to face Liverpool in the quarter-finals. There were so many different angles to this encounter. So here are a few: by scoring a hat-trick Mane become only the second Liverpool player, after Michael Owen (twice), to achieve that feat away from home in Europe. Sadio Mane's third is sweetly struck from 21 yards Credit: GETTY IMAGES Liverpool also achieved the biggest away win for an English side in a Champions League knockout tie and by scoring five they have scored 28 times in the competition this season, two more than Paris St-Germain, the next highest. Seven of those have been scored by Firmino, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record while Liverpool have 99 goals in all competitions. Salah’s goal was his 30th of the season, and a delightful one at that, which means he is only the 13th Liverpool player ever to achieve that mark. And only one of them, George Allan – in 27 matches opposed to Salah’s 36 games – has done it in fewer appearances. And that was in 1896. It is also only mid-February and at this rate Salah may even beat Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals in one campaign; and all this in the Egyptian’s first season. Maybe all of that is information overload but records matter and they tumble when teams play well. But the most relevant fact is that in their brilliant orange Liverpool were simply brilliant and scored some great goals, although the crucial first one was not among them. Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: GETTY IMAGES Still it confirmed that in the pouring rain they had weathered the storm as, midway through the first half, Georginio Wiljnaldum burst through a tackle in the penalty area and the ball broke across to Mane who had pulled out to the left and was, somehow, unmarked. Even more inexplicable though was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mane’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they fell even further behind when James Milner’s powerful, curling drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. The rebound fell to Salah who flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and his defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. Mohamed Salah juggles the ball round the keeper Credit: ACTION IMAGES Porto came into this tie buoyant. They are top of the league, they were unbeaten in 21 games and they had a belief in their goalscoring power and could have struck first had Dejan Lovren not done well to divert Otavio’s shot on to the roof of the net. But once behind they were in a bind with Soares wasting an opportunity as he shot wide. The home side desperately needed to score but opened themselves up to a devastating Liverpool counter-attack early in the second half. Mane, Salah and Firmino were all involved with the latter springing the break with a back-heel. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot, as he was pushed, was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mane who swept it home. Jurgen Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: GETTY IMAGES Tie over? Liverpool had led a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition and wanted more with Firmino gaining his reward. It came from another break, down the left, with Milner cutting the ball into the striker’s path and the Brazilian coolly side-footing it inside the near post. Even then Liverpool were not finished and quickly worked their way forward again. Mane had the time and space to arrow his shot away from Jose Sa to complete the scoring, to complete his hat-trick and all but confirm his side’s passage into the last eight. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. 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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Jürgen Klopp had declared that Liverpool can compete with the best and there was that swagger as they brushed aside Porto to deliver the biggest home defeat in the Portuguese club’s proud history and a devastating Champions League display that spoke of a team believing it can go deep into this competition. Twenty-four hours after statement performances from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in European away days Liverpool emphatically made theirs. Sadio Mané was at the heart of it with a hat-trick but Mohamed Salah also scored as did Roberto Firmino. That triumvirate will give any team a chance and Liverpool are now the top-scorers in the Champions League this season with 28 goals – two ahead of Paris Saint-Germain who have quite a good little attacking trio of their own. This was Liverpool’s first appearance in the last-16 for nine years and they will at least go one round further. A quarter-final place is theirs with the return leg of this tie, at Anfield on March 6, a mere formality. Handily for Liverpool it comes four days before they play Manchester United in the Premier League. Mane&#39;s third was sweetly struck from 21 yards Credit: Craig Mercer - CameraSport via Getty Images After a day of torrential rain, a downpour that continued into this match, Porto attempted to wash away Liverpool. Instead they were the ones given the early dousing. It came mid-way through the first-half, just as Liverpool began to turn the ball over, winning it back with increasing frequency after facing a storm from kick-off. On one such occasion Georginio Wijnaldum worked his way into the penalty area and after he broke through a challenge the ball fell to Mané who had somehow been left unmarked, out to the left. Even more inexplicable was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mané’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho&#39;s in the last game Credit: Fotopress/Getty Images Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they were soon even further behind when James Milner’s powerful drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. It fell toSalah who is in such an incredible zone of form at the moment that he had time and then more time to score. He flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and the Porto defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. It was also Salah’s 30th goal for Liverpool this season and by scoring it he became only the 13th player from the club to achieve that total. Ever. The Egyptian has also achieved it in the second fewest numbers of games, 36, and the fewest since George Allan (27) in 1896. We are also still in February. Maybe, now, even Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals for Liverpool in one campaign is under threat. And all this in Salah’s first season with the club. Salah juggles the ball to round the keeper Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Porto were in a bind. They had come into this tie with a buoyancy born of their exuberant form, and a belief that something is stirring under coach Sergio Conceicao. The former Portugal international has steered the club to the top of the league, unbeaten in 21 games, and having won nine of their last 10 home matches, after a highly unusual run of not landing a trophy since 2013. They had also created the first chance with the power of forward Moussa Marega quickly evident as the Malian held the ball up before setting it for Otavio whose shot appeared to be about to beat goalkeeper Loris Karius only for Dejan Lovren to intervene, deflecting it onto the roof of the net. But suddenly they were two goals down. Klopp salutes Liverpool&#39;s 3,000 travelling fans Credit: AMA/Getty Images) The noise from the Porto ultras did not abate but their team needed a goal and, before the break, Francisco Soares should have provided it as he found the space, from Yacine Brahimi’s astute pass, only to shoot narrowly wide under pressure from Virgil Van Dijk. Porto knew they had to claim the next goal. But, as they pushed forward, it was Liverpool who struck with a trademark, devastating counter-attack involving, Mané, Salah and Firmino who started it with a superb flick. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mané who simply tapped it into the unguarded goal. Firmino scores the fourth and responds with unique exuberance Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Tie over? Liverpool had led a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition. They also had a number of away goals to bolster their chances even if Porto rallied. The score-line also meant that had an incredible 14 goals in just four away ties this season. It was soon 15 and, with it, Firmino had his reward. Liverpool broke again and down the left Milner smartly pulled the ball back to the Brazilian who coolly side-footed beyond Jose Sa and inside the near post. It was Firmino’s seventh Champions League goal of the campaign, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record. Still Liverpool were determined not to concede with Van Dijk, brilliantly blocking from Soares as he seemed destined to score from six yards. And it was Liverpool who struck again with the ball rolled into Mané who, 20 yards out, simply smashed it past the hapless Jose Sa to complete his hat-trick. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto 0 Liverpool 5: Sadio Mane hat-trick completes record rout with dash and panache
Jürgen Klopp had declared that Liverpool can compete with the best and there was that swagger as they brushed aside Porto to deliver the biggest home defeat in the Portuguese club’s proud history and a devastating Champions League display that spoke of a team believing it can go deep into this competition. Twenty-four hours after statement performances from Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City in European away days Liverpool emphatically made theirs. Sadio Mané was at the heart of it with a hat-trick but Mohamed Salah also scored as did Roberto Firmino. That triumvirate will give any team a chance and Liverpool are now the top-scorers in the Champions League this season with 28 goals – two ahead of Paris Saint-Germain who have quite a good little attacking trio of their own. This was Liverpool’s first appearance in the last-16 for nine years and they will at least go one round further. A quarter-final place is theirs with the return leg of this tie, at Anfield on March 6, a mere formality. Handily for Liverpool it comes four days before they play Manchester United in the Premier League. Mane's third was sweetly struck from 21 yards Credit: Craig Mercer - CameraSport via Getty Images After a day of torrential rain, a downpour that continued into this match, Porto attempted to wash away Liverpool. Instead they were the ones given the early dousing. It came mid-way through the first-half, just as Liverpool began to turn the ball over, winning it back with increasing frequency after facing a storm from kick-off. On one such occasion Georginio Wijnaldum worked his way into the penalty area and after he broke through a challenge the ball fell to Mané who had somehow been left unmarked, out to the left. Even more inexplicable was the mess goalkeeper Jose Sa made of Mané’s first-time shot allowing it to squeeze under his body and roll over the line. Mane scores Liverpool's first European hat-trick since Philippe Coutinho's in the last game Credit: Fotopress/Getty Images Liverpool did not rest on that. It spread panic in the Porto team and they were soon even further behind when James Milner’s powerful drive beat Jose Sa and cannoned back off the post. It fell toSalah who is in such an incredible zone of form at the moment that he had time and then more time to score. He flicked the ball, flicked it again and finally headed it to bring it fully under control before calmly stroking it into the net. Jose Sa and the Porto defenders did not know what to do. It was almost mesmeric. It was also Salah’s 30th goal for Liverpool this season and by scoring it he became only the 13th player from the club to achieve that total. Ever. The Egyptian has also achieved it in the second fewest numbers of games, 36, and the fewest since George Allan (27) in 1896. We are also still in February. Maybe, now, even Ian Rush’s all-time record of 47 goals for Liverpool in one campaign is under threat. And all this in Salah’s first season with the club. Salah juggles the ball to round the keeper Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Porto were in a bind. They had come into this tie with a buoyancy born of their exuberant form, and a belief that something is stirring under coach Sergio Conceicao. The former Portugal international has steered the club to the top of the league, unbeaten in 21 games, and having won nine of their last 10 home matches, after a highly unusual run of not landing a trophy since 2013. They had also created the first chance with the power of forward Moussa Marega quickly evident as the Malian held the ball up before setting it for Otavio whose shot appeared to be about to beat goalkeeper Loris Karius only for Dejan Lovren to intervene, deflecting it onto the roof of the net. But suddenly they were two goals down. Klopp salutes Liverpool's 3,000 travelling fans Credit: AMA/Getty Images) The noise from the Porto ultras did not abate but their team needed a goal and, before the break, Francisco Soares should have provided it as he found the space, from Yacine Brahimi’s astute pass, only to shoot narrowly wide under pressure from Virgil Van Dijk. Porto knew they had to claim the next goal. But, as they pushed forward, it was Liverpool who struck with a trademark, devastating counter-attack involving, Mané, Salah and Firmino who started it with a superb flick. That released Salah and suddenly there was a collective expectancy as he returned the ball to Firmino whose shot was blocked by Jose Sa only for the rebound to run to Mané who simply tapped it into the unguarded goal. Firmino scores the fourth and responds with unique exuberance Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Tie over? Liverpool had led a three-goal advantage slip in the group stages, away to Sevilla earlier in this campaign, but they already feel a different proposition. They also had a number of away goals to bolster their chances even if Porto rallied. The score-line also meant that had an incredible 14 goals in just four away ties this season. It was soon 15 and, with it, Firmino had his reward. Liverpool broke again and down the left Milner smartly pulled the ball back to the Brazilian who coolly side-footed beyond Jose Sa and inside the near post. It was Firmino’s seventh Champions League goal of the campaign, equalling Steven Gerrard’s club record. Still Liverpool were determined not to concede with Van Dijk, brilliantly blocking from Soares as he seemed destined to score from six yards. And it was Liverpool who struck again with the ball rolled into Mané who, 20 yards out, simply smashed it past the hapless Jose Sa to complete his hat-trick. 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. Mané, Mané, Mané. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. 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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
 9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other&#39;s thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto&#39;s worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They&#39;ve been shredded by Liverpool&#39;s pace and persistence. It&#39;s been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side&#39;s confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It&#39;s Danny Ings&#39; Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner&#39;s cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane&#39;s storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn&#39;t needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona&#39;s cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman&#39;s persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool&#39;s thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can&#39;t keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa&#39;s left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he&#39;s still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I&#39;ve gone back to put in photos of Salah&#39;s juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk&#39;s toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn&#39;t at all impressed. He&#39;s everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He&#39;s also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum&#39;s driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool&#39;s opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool&#39;s left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can&#39;t control it - for the second time - but the centre-back&#39;s ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto vs Liverpool, Champions League: live score updates
9:37PM Full time A comprehensive victory in a match that turned into a cakewalk after a cagey beginning. Once they laid the foundations, they demolished and demoralised Porto. Everyone deserves credit but the fluid movement of the front three, their intuition and understanding of each other's thinking was too hot for Porto to handle. They inflicted Porto's worst ever defeat and that, for double champions, will sting. 9:32PM 88 min There are barely any Porto fans left in the posh seats. They've been shredded by Liverpool's pace and persistence. It's been the kind of thrashing that is difficult to come back from, killing the home side's confidence and credibility. 9:30PM 85 min Hat-trick. Given so much space with Sergio Oliveira, Marcano and Reyes panicked by the presence of Salah and Ings wither side and backing off, Mane torpedoed a rasping right-foot shot from 25 yards into the bottom right corner. Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 85 min) 9:28PM Goal! Porto 0-5 Liverpool (Mane) 9:26PM 82 min Tremendous dipping cross from Robertson, curled in from the left on an outswinging trajectory. Mane, on a hat-trick, is undone by the bounce and though he connects crisply he smashes his lunging half-volley over the bar. 9:25PM 80 min It's Danny Ings' Champions League debut tonight and he immediately adopts an orthodox centre-forward position. Van Dijk is now playing through the middle of a back three and is wandering forward like a Sammer or Koeman though not yet in that class. 9:22PM 78 min Firmino off, Danny Ings on. Joe Gomez also on to replace Trent Automobile-Association. 9:20PM 76 min Head tennis in the Porto box - Robertson squares his header to Firmino who batters his over from 10 yards. He was offside, though. Liverpool sub: Matip replaces Henderson. 9:19PM 74 min Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho Soares. 9:17PM 72 min Another crucial intervention - well crucial to the clean sheet if not the result - from Van Dijk, covering behind Lovren. Cute pass from Herrera pushed the ball on the angle beyond Lovren towards Soares but Van Dijk sprinted round on the cover to deflect the toe-poked shot wide. Karius runs straight over to embrace him. 9:15PM 70 min Lining up in the middle for Milner's cross after Mane storms forward and leaves Corona in his wake. The substitute tried to keep pace with Mane's storming run but would have needed a third lung to give him a chance. Mane slipped it to the left, Milner squared it towards the spot and Firmino rattled in a low shot. Salah was free at the back post but wasn't needed. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 9:12PM Goal! Porto 0-4 Liverpool (Firmino) 9:12PM 67 min Van Dijk repays his team-mates who got him out of schtuck with a block of Corona's cross by winning the header and clearing the corner. 9:10PM 66 min Van Dijk makes a crummy attempt at a tackle, going for the block tackle but side on and in a namby-pamby style, not commiting the full weight of his foot to it. Porto whip it past him and win a corner. Van Dijk needed to welly that. 9:09PM 64 min Wijnaldum, for the second time, insouciantly robs Marega whose composure and confidence is being slowly punctured by the Dutchman's persistent sttention. 9:05PM 61 min Porto substitution. Majeed Waris replaces Brahimi. Karius plucks a tame, floaty centre from Alex Telles from the rain-filled sky. 9:03PM 59 min Liverpool are stroking the ball around at the back, Romeo y Julietas aglow. Porto look demoralised. 9:00PM 57 min Herrera, Sergio Oliveira and Corona are being made to look like carthorses chasing Liverpool's thoroughbred front three. 8:59PM 55 min Made by the three musketeers, Salah breaking after being played in by a gorgeous Firmino backheel 10 yards outside his own box. Firmino hares off straight through the middle as Salah dribbles forward at full pelt. Salah spears a pass to the left of the D, perfectly weighted and Porto can't keep pace with any of them. Firmino goes for a side-foot finish to Jose Sa's left but the keeper does reach it at full stretch but can only parry it to the supporting Mane who rolls the ball into an empty net. Porto 0 - 3 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 53 min) 8:55PM Goal!! Porto 0-3 Liverpool (Mane) 8:55PM 51 min Ricardo prepares to race past Milner who decides to kick him across the shins to halt his progress. Free kick, protested spuriously by Henderson, but no yellow card. 8:53PM 50 min Brahimi has come inside now but is too close to his own box and gets in a tangle. Herrera, his captain, bails him out. 8:52PM 48 min Mane comes out to defend by the left-back corner flag when Robertson makes his way back into the box to win a header. He sticks to Corona and wins a throw-in off him with some neat control. 8:49PM 46 min Porto get things underway - no changes for Liverpool. Otavio is off for Porto - Corona has come on to play centre mid. Steve McManaman advises Porto to move Brahimi in from the left wing - but he's still out there so far. 8:40PM Liverpool on the front foot I've gone back to put in photos of Salah's juggle in stages. You may have to refresh your browser to see them. Possession: Porto vs Liverpool Average touch positions (half time) Porto vs Liverpool shots on goal 8:32PM Half time Liverpool walk in 2-0 up after a strange opening half. Porto were disjointed, devoid of inspiration while Liverpool picked them off after gradually taking a decisive grip on dominance. 8:30PM 44 min Lovely pass from Brahimi slides the ball past Lovren and Tiquinho Soares has a shot from 18 yards that takes an undetected but vital touch off Van Dijk's toe that takes it inches wide of the left post. Miss: Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Tiquinho Soares, 44 min) 8:28PM 42 min Porto at last break free of the stranglehold that has pinned them in their own box. Otavio runs forward down the left and exchanges passes with Brahimi. 8:27PM 40 min Firmino has a shot from 25 yards, wide on the left, and launches it into orbit a la Chris Waddle. Mo Salah becomes only the 13th different #LFC player to score 30 goals in a season. ������ pic.twitter.com/u3fEP8icgx— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 8:25PM 39 min Robertson has demoralised Marega with his bustling shuttles up and down the left touchline. Robertson should, however, have made more of a lightning charge from defending a corner to launch a counter-attack. His imprecise pass to Mane killed all the momentum. 8:24PM 37 min Wijnaldum dispossesses Marega who isn't at all impressed. He's everywhere. The crowd want another foul but it was perfectly legal. 8:22PM 35 min When Liverpool have the ball at the back thy line up almost in a 2-4-1-3 with Milner ahead of the full-backs and Henderson and Wijnaldum. He's also playing well tonight, popping up right, left and centre. 8:20PM 33 min The conservative, probing, patient start has had spectacular results for Liverpool. 8:18PM 30 min Salah has ice in his veins. Milner brushes past Marega who falls flat on his face and demands a foul but nothing doing. Spoggy Milner uses the space to set up a bending right foot shot from the left that arcs around Jose Sa and crashes into the post. It bounces fortunately for Salah who shows tremendous composure as Jose Sa leaps back to his feet and tries to flying starfish him. Salah cushions it on his head, juggle it with two left foot taps to glide past and elude the keeper before stabbing it in from three yards off the turf with the side of his left foot. Porto 0 - 2 Liverpool (Mohamed Salah, 29 min) 8:14PM Goal! Porto 0-2 Liverpool (Salah) Salah begins his juggling routine Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs Immaculate control Credit: Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs The finish Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:14PM 27 min Iker Casillas, benched in the autumn, is captured on the bench with a stone-faced expression. Wijnaldum is having a fine game. 8:12PM 25 min A goalkeeping error. Mane, right-foot shot when found by Wijnaldum who, 30 seconds earlier ought to have been played in by Mane for a tap in. Mane makes amends, finishing off Wijnaldum's driving burst, but the keeper takes the credit/blame by diving over the top of it and squirming as it slithered beneath him. Porto 0 - 1 Liverpool (Sadio Mané, 25 min) 8:10PM Goal! Porto 0-1 Liverpool (Mane) Mane scores Liverpool's opener with a great deal of help from Jose Sa (out of the picture) Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images 8:09PM 23 min Terrific clearance from Marcano again, this time whipping the ball away when Firmino went headlong to graze his nose on an Andy Gray turf-skimming diving header among the flying boots, muck and nettles. Vicious fizz on the cross from Robertson. 8:08PM 20 min A sniff of a chance for Liverpool when Sa slips and scuds a clearance at Firmino who feeds Salah. He has the clearer route to goal, opts instead to try to find Firmino by the penalty spot as he ran towards the box from the right. Marcano slides in to block. Liverpool take the corner but Lovren is penalised for jostling. 8:03PM 17 min Otavio is a tidy player, spinning quickly and laying off short passes. He does Salah in the centre-circle, pops it off to Brahimi who spots a gap down Liverpool's left but overhits his pass intended to let Ricardo run at Robertson. 8:01PM 15 min Van Dijk drills a long diagonal 40 yards over to the left for Mane to chase. He can't control it - for the second time - but the centre-back's ability to ping long passes can unpick this Porto defence. 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and passes to Firmino to tee up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. 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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
 7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and tees up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn&#39;t hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega&#39;s neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W&#39;re off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto&#39;s starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn&#39;t train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they&#39;ve opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight&#39;s #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. &quot;There&#39;s an old saying in Tennessee,&quot; he said. &quot;I know it&#39;s in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, &#39;Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can&#39;t get fooled again.&quot; Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side&#39;s opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary&#39;s winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto&#39;s first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho&#39;s guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. Liverpool, England&#39;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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don&#39;t think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I&#39;ll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I&#39;ll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don&#39;t like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn&#39;t leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three&#39;s movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto&#39;s African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt&#39;s equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Porto vs Liverpool, Champions League: live score updates
7:58PM 12 min Brahimi plays a blind pass intended for Alex Telles but give sit straight to Salah who skitters forward and tees up a shot from the left, 25 yards out, from Robertson. He doesn't hit it properly so it floats instead of flies and Jose Sa, cranes his neck and watches it as it drifts over. 7:56PM 10 min Important block by Lovren when Otavio shoots from 15 yards having been played in by Marega's neat footwork in the box. Liverpool look shaky at the back, especially down the inside-right channel. Corner that Telles bends out then in again to give Karius catching practice. 7:54PM 9 min Brahimi is freed on the left when played in by Sergio Oliveira who turned a Liverpool midfielder. The diligent Alexander-Arnold escorts him up a cul de sac and takes the throw when he tries to turn him. 7:53PM 7 min For a team that has pressed hard all year, Porto are letting Liverpool have a lot of space and time. Ricardo, who has a monster throw, tracks Milner back all the way to his own corner flag and squuezes him out of room. 7:50PM 5 min Otavio skates away from Henderson and raids through the middle but Liverpool scramble it clear. 7:50PM 4 min Porto corner on the left, swung out by Alex Telles in such a dramatic parabola that it flirts with going out. Lovren heads it straight back to him but Karius catches his second effort. 7:48PM 3 min Very patient so far, moving the ball up the left until Mane runs out of space to chase and Porto have a goalkick. 7:46PM 1 min W're off and Liverpool attack from left to right. Trent Alexander-Arnold takes the pace off and Liverpool sweep the ball from right to left and back again. 7:15PM And your teams in black and white Porto Jose Sa; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles; Sergio Oliveira, Herrera; Marega, Otavio, Brahimi, Soares. Substitutes Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Torres, Paciencia, Corona, Waris. Massage for four? Credit: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images Liverpool Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane. Substitutes Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Matip, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ings. Referee Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6:41PM No Aboubakar in Porto's starting XI Eis o nosso 11: José Sá; Ricardo, Reyes, Marcano, Alex Telles, Herrera, Sérgio Oliveira, Otávio, Brahimi, Marega e Soares.#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCLpic.twitter.com/uNq4Yutfgd— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 He didn't train last night and the muscle injury he reported must be worse than originally feared. Suplentes: Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Osorio, Óliver, Corona, Waris e Gonçalo Paciência#FCPorto#FCPLFC#UCL— FC Porto (@FCPorto) February 14, 2018 6:40PM A colleague flies out Porto with the Red Men! #championsleaguepic.twitter.com/NGkBTmxtHj— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2018 6:32PM Liverpool name expected line-up Looks like they've opted for the old tangerine nightmare strip again: �� Tonight's #LFC side to face @FCPorto ��https://t.co/pgij59f1mspic.twitter.com/iwIEvxvZUr— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2018 6:31PM Good evening. Back in 2002, George W Bush gave an eloquent sheen to an old proverb. "There's an old saying in Tennessee," he said. "I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee - that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me ... you can't get fooled again." Well, quite, you may say but consider the case of Rabah Madjer, the Algeria winger. In 1982 he hooked in his side's opener in the historic 2-1 defeat of West Germany at the World Cup and five years later, for Porto, he scored the equaliser against Bayern Munich with the most insouciant goal in European Cup final history, before setting up Juary's winner three-minutes later to do to Michael Rummenigge what he had already done to Karl-Heinz. That victory at the Prater, perhaps the least remembered European Cup final of them all in England, was Porto's first of two, picking up their second 17 years later in Gelsenkirchen under Jose Mourinho's guidance. It tends to puzzle people that Porto have won as many European Cups as Juventus - as have Nottingham Forest - and a third would put them on the same footing as Manchester United and Inter. 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. Jürgen Klopp understandably seems reluctant even to contemplate it. “I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16,” he said. “I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense. If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off. I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it. I only answer nicely now because I am friendly and we are in public but if someone asked me about the round after the round in private I would leave the room.” Where does Spurs Juventus rank in the most exciting CL games? Leaving aside that we know that he wouldn't leave the room but breezily rain suitable invective on his interlocutor, there are plenty of signs that they have a decent chance of at least making the semis. The front three's movement is mesmerising, Andrew Robertson, who will surely make his Champions League debut tonight, is having a sensational debut season and Giorginio Wijnaldum covers a multitude of sins further back. Emre Can is suspended tonight which should open a spot for James Milner who may have been required anyway to help keep Porto's African trident - Yacine Brahimi, Vincent Aboubakar and Moussa Marega - at bay. Porto are undefeated in the league and are unbeaten in 24 games (won 18, drawn six) in all competitions. Liverpool, who have lost two of their last five in all competitions, have been to the Dragao twice and come away with a pair of draws, 0-0 in 2001 and 1-1, by virtue of Dirk Kuyt's equaliser in 2007. They would probably settle for the same tonight.
Die UEFA Champions League startet ins neue Jahr und hat im Achtelfinale ein paar echte Kracher zu bieten. Neben dem Duell der Bayern mit Besiktas stehen die Kracher Real Madrid gegen Paris Saint-Germain und FC Barcelona gegen FC Chelsea im Blickpunkt. Bei SPOX findet ihr alle Infos zu den Partien und den Terminen im Achtelfinale der Königsklasse.
Champions League: Das Achtelfinale in der Übersicht
Die UEFA Champions League startet ins neue Jahr und hat im Achtelfinale ein paar echte Kracher zu bieten. Neben dem Duell der Bayern mit Besiktas stehen die Kracher Real Madrid gegen Paris Saint-Germain und FC Barcelona gegen FC Chelsea im Blickpunkt. Bei SPOX findet ihr alle Infos zu den Partien und den Terminen im Achtelfinale der Königsklasse.
Die UEFA Champions League startet ins neue Jahr und hat im Achtelfinale ein paar echte Kracher zu bieten. Neben dem Duell der Bayern mit Besiktas stehen die Kracher Real Madrid gegen Paris Saint-Germain und FC Barcelona gegen FC Chelsea im Blickpunkt. Bei SPOX findet ihr alle Infos zu den Partien und den Terminen im Achtelfinale der Königsklasse.
Champions League: Das Achtelfinale in der Übersicht
Die UEFA Champions League startet ins neue Jahr und hat im Achtelfinale ein paar echte Kracher zu bieten. Neben dem Duell der Bayern mit Besiktas stehen die Kracher Real Madrid gegen Paris Saint-Germain und FC Barcelona gegen FC Chelsea im Blickpunkt. Bei SPOX findet ihr alle Infos zu den Partien und den Terminen im Achtelfinale der Königsklasse.
Champions League football returns on Tuesday, three months and one day after the last-16 draw in Nyon, Switzerland. The interlude between group and knockout stages contained winter breaks, a transfer window, managerial dismissals, fluctuations in form and injuries to key players. So who has emerged from European hibernation in the best shape, and who has seen their chances diminish amid a winter of discontent? For the first time in the competition&#39;s history, there are five Premier League teams left in the competition at this stage with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City first up this week. The complexion of the draw can change significantly after Christmas, so where do we stand? Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur The defence that never concedes against the striker who always scores. Juventus have been impeccable since they were drawn against Spurs, with 11 consecutive wins in all competitions either side of Serie A&#39;s January break. A 16-match unbeaten run extends into November, during which they have conceded one (ONE) goal. Their early-season struggles threatened to turn Serie A into an exhilarating four or five horse race for the Scudetto, but the Old Lady and Napoli have pulled clear of the rest. Juventus mostly play with a back four now, and have tightened up considerably. Gonzalo Higuain looked rotund in the season&#39;s early weeks but is in fine fettle with six goals in his last four. Paulo Dybala remains an injury doubt despite returning to light training, and Juventus could be also be without summer signings Douglas Costa and Blaise Matuidi. Federico Bernardeschi has deputised ably for Dybala, while old warhorse Claudio Marchisio will take Matuidi&#39;s place. They did no significant business in January. Tottenham vs Arsenal player ratings The last three months have been overwhelmingly positive for Spurs. They are still in the FA Cup and cemented their place in the Champions League places by taking seven points from games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in the last month. January signing Lucas Moura is not cup-tied, and although Toby Alderweireld is set to be left at home, Mauricio Pochettino has a full compliment to choose from. Verdict:Both sides are in fantastic form, though Juventus carry more injury concerns. That said, the timing of Tottenham&#39;s trip to Italy after three high-intensity league games could prove a handicap. FC Basel vs Manchester City The Swiss championship resumed on February 3rd after a lengthy winter break, meaning Basel have only played three competitive matches since the draw pitted them against champions elect Man City. The mid-winter interval halted Basel&#39;s momentum, who were on an eight-match winning streak that included a 1-0 win over Man Utd. The January transfer window may have weakened them too, with promising defender Manuel Akanji moving to Borussia Dortmund for £19 million. The Swiss club re-signed a couple of familiar faces with Champions League experience - Fabian Frei and forward Valentin Stocker. Man City have continued their relentless march to the title, and possibly Premier League history. There are no doubts over form and morale, but their squad has been depleted by a series of medium-term injuries. Will anyone stop Man City? Credit: PA Pep Guardiola has been without Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus, while David Silva has been intermittently absent for family reasons. Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph are also on the sidelines, so 21-year-old Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to fill-in at left back. City failed in a deadline day move for Riyad Mahrez after pulling out of the race for Alexis Sanchez. Verdict:Man City were heavy favourites when the draw was made, and remain so. Injuries might cost them against stronger opponents, but they should negotiate this tie. The winter break makes Basel something of an unknown quantity - will they be fresh and energetic, or rusty and short of City&#39;s intensity? Porto vs Liverpool Remarkably, Porto are only two points clear of Benfica in the Portuguese League despite not losing a league match all season. Sporting Lisbon knocked them out of the League Cup on penalties, but Porto have seven points from nine since the resumption of league football. Felipe will serve a one-match suspension against Liverpool while centre forward Vincent Aboubakar is also an injury doubt. Liverpool lose Philippe Coutinho from their Champions League squad, but do gain January signing Virgil van Dijk who brings the added advantage of not being cup-tied. Liverpool&#39;s form since the draw has been strong, with a surprise defeat away at Swansea and cup exit to West Brom the only blots on the copy book. Jurgen Klopp has no significant injury concerns, and should be able to field a Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah as a front three. Verdict: The balance of the tie has not changed much since the draw. It&#39;s a presentable chance for Liverpool to reach the last eight, but Porto are historically strong at the Estadio do Dragao. Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain The tie of the round, and the odds have shifted significantly in PSG&#39;s favour since the draw. The Champions League is Zinedine Zidane&#39;s only chance to make this season a success, with Real Madrid 17 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona. Zidane galvanised a group of player&#39;s disillusioned by Rafael Benitez&#39;s methods, the Frenchman is not at the vanguard of tactical innovation. The holders have won just three of their last seven league games, with Cristiano Ronaldo badly out of sorts and goalscoring form. Right-back Dani Carvajal is suspended for the first leg. Paris Saint-Germain could win their first Champions League Credit: AFP PSG on the other hand, are cruising in Ligue 1 with a defeat at Lyon the one hiccup in an otherwise exemplary run of seven league wins in eight since the draw. Kylian Mbappe gave Unai Emery an injury scare but has returned in good time, and although Neymar was pictured with ice on both ankles on Sunday their marquee signing should be available. Verdict: They have won the tournament three times in the past four seasons, but it would be a surprise if Real Madrid progressed. PSG look the pacier, more inventive attacking force and all is not well at the Bernabeu. Sevilla vs Manchester United Sevilla made the startling decision to sack manager Eduardo Berizzo in December, days after he had returned from prostate cancer surgery. His parting gift to the club was a place in the last-16, and Vincenzo Montella will be in the dug-out to face Man Utd. The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium created a raucous atmosphere, but they have won only two of eight league matches since the draw. Premier League mis-fits Sandro Ramirez and Roque Mesa joined on loan in January, along with Corinthians full-back Guilherme Arana. Simon Kjaer has missed the last eight games with a back injury, but Steven N&#39;Zonzi has been reintegrated under Montella. Man Utd may have &#39;won the transfer window&#39; with the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, but their performances over the past few months have been far from convincing. Jose Mourinho seems reluctant to leave out one of his big-name forwards, and their 4-2-3-1 system has left a sub-standard back four exposed against good sides. Why can&#39;t Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? The former Chelsea manager has a fantastic record in European knock-out football, but might have to rediscover his pragmatic edge to ensure United come back from Spain unscathed. Defensive injuries to Marcos Rojo and particularly Eric Bailly have been debilitating. Verdict: United have even more attacking quality and talent thanks to the purchase of Sanchez, but their back four looks vulnerable for an away game in Europe. You would just about fancy Mourinho to come up with a system to protect them however, and Sevilla are not the team they were under Emery. Chelsea vs Barcelona Two old rivals meet again, and it could be Antonio Conte&#39;s last chance to save his job. The Chelsea&#39;s managers blue on blue combat with the club&#39;s hierarchy lingered through January, and there looked to be open mutiny in the dressing room after 3-0 and 4-1 defeats against Bournemouth and Watford. A back-up striker for Alvaro Morata arrived in Olivier Giroud but public disagreements over transfer policy continued. The Spaniard continues to struggle with a back injury, while Conte has also sidelined last season&#39;s defensive stalwart David Luiz. Confidence is fragile, especially for Tiemoue Bakayoko who looks a shell of the player he was at Monaco. Contenders to replace Conte at Chelsea Barcelona have been functional rather than spectacular in recent weeks, scoring only six goals in their last five in all competitions, but are over the hill and far away in the league. Summer signing Ousmane Dembele returned to the bench against Getafe after a serious thigh injury, while Luis Suarez has re-discovered his goalscoring touch since Christmas. Coutinho is cup-tied having played for Liverpool in the group stages. Verdict: Chelsea were much-fancied when the draw was made, but they look ripe for a pasting unless they can pull a performance out of the fire. Barcelona have been in second gear for a while, and might be saving themselves for the trip to Stamford Bridge. Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Shakhtar will have played just one competitive match between December&#39;s draw at the visit of Roma, but have played a series of friendlies in an effort to stay sharp. The big positive for Shakhtar over the winter was keeping central midfielder Fred, though Man City are expected to return for the Brazilian in the summer. The positivity around Roma in the season&#39;s early months has dissipated since the draw, with Eusebio Di Francesco&#39;s team winning only three of their last 10 in all competitions. Defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons will likely miss out with a calf injury, but the Serie A club did manager to keep Edin Dzeko despite interest from Chelsea. Left-back Emerson Palmieri did get his move to Stamford Bridge, however. Verdict: What kind of shape will Shakhtar be in after a long winter break? The balance of this tie has not really changed, but the Ukranian side showed against Man City what a dynamic side they are. Fred in action against Man City Credit: Reuters Bayern Munich vs Besiktas Under the guidance of Juup Heynckes, Bayern are on a 14-game winning run in all competitions. Their dominance at home has sometimes left previous Bayern teams short on high-intensity match practice, but that should not prove too problematic against Besiktas. The inimitable Manuel Neuer is a long-term absentee, and while they are heavily reliant on Robert Lewandowski, Sandro Wagner did arrive from Hoffenheim in January to share the load. Besiktas surprised many by progressing through a group containing RB Leipzig and Monaco, but lost their centre forward Cenk Tosun to Everton in the January window. Just three points separate the top four in the Turkish league - possibly Europe&#39;s most exciting title race - and Besiktas are in touch after three wins in four. Verdict: Bayern are heavy favourites, and Tosun&#39;s departure only strengthens that.
How has the balance of each Champions League tie changed since the draw?
Champions League football returns on Tuesday, three months and one day after the last-16 draw in Nyon, Switzerland. The interlude between group and knockout stages contained winter breaks, a transfer window, managerial dismissals, fluctuations in form and injuries to key players. So who has emerged from European hibernation in the best shape, and who has seen their chances diminish amid a winter of discontent? For the first time in the competition's history, there are five Premier League teams left in the competition at this stage with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City first up this week. The complexion of the draw can change significantly after Christmas, so where do we stand? Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur The defence that never concedes against the striker who always scores. Juventus have been impeccable since they were drawn against Spurs, with 11 consecutive wins in all competitions either side of Serie A's January break. A 16-match unbeaten run extends into November, during which they have conceded one (ONE) goal. Their early-season struggles threatened to turn Serie A into an exhilarating four or five horse race for the Scudetto, but the Old Lady and Napoli have pulled clear of the rest. Juventus mostly play with a back four now, and have tightened up considerably. Gonzalo Higuain looked rotund in the season's early weeks but is in fine fettle with six goals in his last four. Paulo Dybala remains an injury doubt despite returning to light training, and Juventus could be also be without summer signings Douglas Costa and Blaise Matuidi. Federico Bernardeschi has deputised ably for Dybala, while old warhorse Claudio Marchisio will take Matuidi's place. They did no significant business in January. Tottenham vs Arsenal player ratings The last three months have been overwhelmingly positive for Spurs. They are still in the FA Cup and cemented their place in the Champions League places by taking seven points from games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in the last month. January signing Lucas Moura is not cup-tied, and although Toby Alderweireld is set to be left at home, Mauricio Pochettino has a full compliment to choose from. Verdict:Both sides are in fantastic form, though Juventus carry more injury concerns. That said, the timing of Tottenham's trip to Italy after three high-intensity league games could prove a handicap. FC Basel vs Manchester City The Swiss championship resumed on February 3rd after a lengthy winter break, meaning Basel have only played three competitive matches since the draw pitted them against champions elect Man City. The mid-winter interval halted Basel's momentum, who were on an eight-match winning streak that included a 1-0 win over Man Utd. The January transfer window may have weakened them too, with promising defender Manuel Akanji moving to Borussia Dortmund for £19 million. The Swiss club re-signed a couple of familiar faces with Champions League experience - Fabian Frei and forward Valentin Stocker. Man City have continued their relentless march to the title, and possibly Premier League history. There are no doubts over form and morale, but their squad has been depleted by a series of medium-term injuries. Will anyone stop Man City? Credit: PA Pep Guardiola has been without Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus, while David Silva has been intermittently absent for family reasons. Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph are also on the sidelines, so 21-year-old Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to fill-in at left back. City failed in a deadline day move for Riyad Mahrez after pulling out of the race for Alexis Sanchez. Verdict:Man City were heavy favourites when the draw was made, and remain so. Injuries might cost them against stronger opponents, but they should negotiate this tie. The winter break makes Basel something of an unknown quantity - will they be fresh and energetic, or rusty and short of City's intensity? Porto vs Liverpool Remarkably, Porto are only two points clear of Benfica in the Portuguese League despite not losing a league match all season. Sporting Lisbon knocked them out of the League Cup on penalties, but Porto have seven points from nine since the resumption of league football. Felipe will serve a one-match suspension against Liverpool while centre forward Vincent Aboubakar is also an injury doubt. Liverpool lose Philippe Coutinho from their Champions League squad, but do gain January signing Virgil van Dijk who brings the added advantage of not being cup-tied. Liverpool's form since the draw has been strong, with a surprise defeat away at Swansea and cup exit to West Brom the only blots on the copy book. Jurgen Klopp has no significant injury concerns, and should be able to field a Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah as a front three. Verdict: The balance of the tie has not changed much since the draw. It's a presentable chance for Liverpool to reach the last eight, but Porto are historically strong at the Estadio do Dragao. Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain The tie of the round, and the odds have shifted significantly in PSG's favour since the draw. The Champions League is Zinedine Zidane's only chance to make this season a success, with Real Madrid 17 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona. Zidane galvanised a group of player's disillusioned by Rafael Benitez's methods, the Frenchman is not at the vanguard of tactical innovation. The holders have won just three of their last seven league games, with Cristiano Ronaldo badly out of sorts and goalscoring form. Right-back Dani Carvajal is suspended for the first leg. Paris Saint-Germain could win their first Champions League Credit: AFP PSG on the other hand, are cruising in Ligue 1 with a defeat at Lyon the one hiccup in an otherwise exemplary run of seven league wins in eight since the draw. Kylian Mbappe gave Unai Emery an injury scare but has returned in good time, and although Neymar was pictured with ice on both ankles on Sunday their marquee signing should be available. Verdict: They have won the tournament three times in the past four seasons, but it would be a surprise if Real Madrid progressed. PSG look the pacier, more inventive attacking force and all is not well at the Bernabeu. Sevilla vs Manchester United Sevilla made the startling decision to sack manager Eduardo Berizzo in December, days after he had returned from prostate cancer surgery. His parting gift to the club was a place in the last-16, and Vincenzo Montella will be in the dug-out to face Man Utd. The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium created a raucous atmosphere, but they have won only two of eight league matches since the draw. Premier League mis-fits Sandro Ramirez and Roque Mesa joined on loan in January, along with Corinthians full-back Guilherme Arana. Simon Kjaer has missed the last eight games with a back injury, but Steven N'Zonzi has been reintegrated under Montella. Man Utd may have 'won the transfer window' with the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, but their performances over the past few months have been far from convincing. Jose Mourinho seems reluctant to leave out one of his big-name forwards, and their 4-2-3-1 system has left a sub-standard back four exposed against good sides. Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? The former Chelsea manager has a fantastic record in European knock-out football, but might have to rediscover his pragmatic edge to ensure United come back from Spain unscathed. Defensive injuries to Marcos Rojo and particularly Eric Bailly have been debilitating. Verdict: United have even more attacking quality and talent thanks to the purchase of Sanchez, but their back four looks vulnerable for an away game in Europe. You would just about fancy Mourinho to come up with a system to protect them however, and Sevilla are not the team they were under Emery. Chelsea vs Barcelona Two old rivals meet again, and it could be Antonio Conte's last chance to save his job. The Chelsea's managers blue on blue combat with the club's hierarchy lingered through January, and there looked to be open mutiny in the dressing room after 3-0 and 4-1 defeats against Bournemouth and Watford. A back-up striker for Alvaro Morata arrived in Olivier Giroud but public disagreements over transfer policy continued. The Spaniard continues to struggle with a back injury, while Conte has also sidelined last season's defensive stalwart David Luiz. Confidence is fragile, especially for Tiemoue Bakayoko who looks a shell of the player he was at Monaco. Contenders to replace Conte at Chelsea Barcelona have been functional rather than spectacular in recent weeks, scoring only six goals in their last five in all competitions, but are over the hill and far away in the league. Summer signing Ousmane Dembele returned to the bench against Getafe after a serious thigh injury, while Luis Suarez has re-discovered his goalscoring touch since Christmas. Coutinho is cup-tied having played for Liverpool in the group stages. Verdict: Chelsea were much-fancied when the draw was made, but they look ripe for a pasting unless they can pull a performance out of the fire. Barcelona have been in second gear for a while, and might be saving themselves for the trip to Stamford Bridge. Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Shakhtar will have played just one competitive match between December's draw at the visit of Roma, but have played a series of friendlies in an effort to stay sharp. The big positive for Shakhtar over the winter was keeping central midfielder Fred, though Man City are expected to return for the Brazilian in the summer. The positivity around Roma in the season's early months has dissipated since the draw, with Eusebio Di Francesco's team winning only three of their last 10 in all competitions. Defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons will likely miss out with a calf injury, but the Serie A club did manager to keep Edin Dzeko despite interest from Chelsea. Left-back Emerson Palmieri did get his move to Stamford Bridge, however. Verdict: What kind of shape will Shakhtar be in after a long winter break? The balance of this tie has not really changed, but the Ukranian side showed against Man City what a dynamic side they are. Fred in action against Man City Credit: Reuters Bayern Munich vs Besiktas Under the guidance of Juup Heynckes, Bayern are on a 14-game winning run in all competitions. Their dominance at home has sometimes left previous Bayern teams short on high-intensity match practice, but that should not prove too problematic against Besiktas. The inimitable Manuel Neuer is a long-term absentee, and while they are heavily reliant on Robert Lewandowski, Sandro Wagner did arrive from Hoffenheim in January to share the load. Besiktas surprised many by progressing through a group containing RB Leipzig and Monaco, but lost their centre forward Cenk Tosun to Everton in the January window. Just three points separate the top four in the Turkish league - possibly Europe's most exciting title race - and Besiktas are in touch after three wins in four. Verdict: Bayern are heavy favourites, and Tosun's departure only strengthens that.
Champions League football returns on Tuesday, three months and one day after the last-16 draw in Nyon, Switzerland. The interlude between group and knockout stages contained winter breaks, a transfer window, managerial dismissals, fluctuations in form and injuries to key players. So who has emerged from European hibernation in the best shape, and who has seen their chances diminish amid a winter of discontent? For the first time in the competition&#39;s history, there are five Premier League teams left in the competition at this stage with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City first up this week. The complexion of the draw can change significantly after Christmas, so where do we stand? Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur The defence that never concedes against the striker who always scores. Juventus have been impeccable since they were drawn against Spurs, with 11 consecutive wins in all competitions either side of Serie A&#39;s January break. A 16-match unbeaten run extends into November, during which they have conceded one (ONE) goal. Their early-season struggles threatened to turn Serie A into an exhilarating four or five horse race for the Scudetto, but the Old Lady and Napoli have pulled clear of the rest. Juventus mostly play with a back four now, and have tightened up considerably. Gonzalo Higuain looked rotund in the season&#39;s early weeks but is in fine fettle with six goals in his last four. Paulo Dybala remains an injury doubt despite returning to light training, and Juventus could be also be without summer signings Douglas Costa and Blaise Matuidi. Federico Bernardeschi has deputised ably for Dybala, while old warhorse Claudio Marchisio will take Matuidi&#39;s place. They did no significant business in January. Tottenham vs Arsenal player ratings The last three months have been overwhelmingly positive for Spurs. They are still in the FA Cup and cemented their place in the Champions League places by taking seven points from games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in the last month. January signing Lucas Moura is not cup-tied, and although Toby Alderweireld is set to be left at home, Mauricio Pochettino has a full compliment to choose from. Verdict:Both sides are in fantastic form, though Juventus carry more injury concerns. That said, the timing of Tottenham&#39;s trip to Italy after three high-intensity league games could prove a handicap. FC Basel vs Manchester City The Swiss championship resumed on February 3rd after a lengthy winter break, meaning Basel have only played three competitive matches since the draw pitted them against champions elect Man City. The mid-winter interval halted Basel&#39;s momentum, who were on an eight-match winning streak that included a 1-0 win over Man Utd. The January transfer window may have weakened them too, with promising defender Manuel Akanji moving to Borussia Dortmund for £19 million. The Swiss club re-signed a couple of familiar faces with Champions League experience - Fabian Frei and forward Valentin Stocker. Man City have continued their relentless march to the title, and possibly Premier League history. There are no doubts over form and morale, but their squad has been depleted by a series of medium-term injuries. Will anyone stop Man City? Credit: PA Pep Guardiola has been without Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus, while David Silva has been intermittently absent for family reasons. Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph are also on the sidelines, so 21-year-old Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to fill-in at left back. City failed in a deadline day move for Riyad Mahrez after pulling out of the race for Alexis Sanchez. Verdict:Man City were heavy favourites when the draw was made, and remain so. Injuries might cost them against stronger opponents, but they should negotiate this tie. The winter break makes Basel something of an unknown quantity - will they be fresh and energetic, or rusty and short of City&#39;s intensity? Porto vs Liverpool Remarkably, Porto are only two points clear of Benfica in the Portuguese League despite not losing a league match all season. Sporting Lisbon knocked them out of the League Cup on penalties, but Porto have seven points from nine since the resumption of league football. Felipe will serve a one-match suspension against Liverpool while centre forward Vincent Aboubakar is also an injury doubt. Liverpool lose Philippe Coutinho from their Champions League squad, but do gain January signing Virgil van Dijk who brings the added advantage of not being cup-tied. Liverpool&#39;s form since the draw has been strong, with a surprise defeat away at Swansea and cup exit to West Brom the only blots on the copy book. Jurgen Klopp has no significant injury concerns, and should be able to field a Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah as a front three. Verdict: The balance of the tie has not changed much since the draw. It&#39;s a presentable chance for Liverpool to reach the last eight, but Porto are historically strong at the Estadio do Dragao. Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain The tie of the round, and the odds have shifted significantly in PSG&#39;s favour since the draw. The Champions League is Zinedine Zidane&#39;s only chance to make this season a success, with Real Madrid 17 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona. Zidane galvanised a group of player&#39;s disillusioned by Rafael Benitez&#39;s methods, the Frenchman is not at the vanguard of tactical innovation. The holders have won just three of their last seven league games, with Cristiano Ronaldo badly out of sorts and goalscoring form. Right-back Dani Carvajal is suspended for the first leg. Paris Saint-Germain could win their first Champions League Credit: AFP PSG on the other hand, are cruising in Ligue 1 with a defeat at Lyon the one hiccup in an otherwise exemplary run of seven league wins in eight since the draw. Kylian Mbappe gave Unai Emery an injury scare but has returned in good time, and although Neymar was pictured with ice on both ankles on Sunday their marquee signing should be available. Verdict: They have won the tournament three times in the past four seasons, but it would be a surprise if Real Madrid progressed. PSG look the pacier, more inventive attacking force and all is not well at the Bernabeu. Sevilla vs Manchester United Sevilla made the startling decision to sack manager Eduardo Berizzo in December, days after he had returned from prostate cancer surgery. His parting gift to the club was a place in the last-16, and Vincenzo Montella will be in the dug-out to face Man Utd. The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium created a raucous atmosphere, but they have won only two of eight league matches since the draw. Premier League mis-fits Sandro Ramirez and Roque Mesa joined on loan in January, along with Corinthians full-back Guilherme Arana. Simon Kjaer has missed the last eight games with a back injury, but Steven N&#39;Zonzi has been reintegrated under Montella. Man Utd may have &#39;won the transfer window&#39; with the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, but their performances over the past few months have been far from convincing. Jose Mourinho seems reluctant to leave out one of his big-name forwards, and their 4-2-3-1 system has left a sub-standard back four exposed against good sides. Why can&#39;t Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? The former Chelsea manager has a fantastic record in European knock-out football, but might have to rediscover his pragmatic edge to ensure United come back from Spain unscathed. Defensive injuries to Marcos Rojo and particularly Eric Bailly have been debilitating. Verdict: United have even more attacking quality and talent thanks to the purchase of Sanchez, but their back four looks vulnerable for an away game in Europe. You would just about fancy Mourinho to come up with a system to protect them however, and Sevilla are not the team they were under Emery. Chelsea vs Barcelona Two old rivals meet again, and it could be Antonio Conte&#39;s last chance to save his job. The Chelsea&#39;s managers blue on blue combat with the club&#39;s hierarchy lingered through January, and there looked to be open mutiny in the dressing room after 3-0 and 4-1 defeats against Bournemouth and Watford. A back-up striker for Alvaro Morata arrived in Olivier Giroud but public disagreements over transfer policy continued. The Spaniard continues to struggle with a back injury, while Conte has also sidelined last season&#39;s defensive stalwart David Luiz. Confidence is fragile, especially for Tiemoue Bakayoko who looks a shell of the player he was at Monaco. Contenders to replace Conte at Chelsea Barcelona have been functional rather than spectacular in recent weeks, scoring only six goals in their last five in all competitions, but are over the hill and far away in the league. Summer signing Ousmane Dembele returned to the bench against Getafe after a serious thigh injury, while Luis Suarez has re-discovered his goalscoring touch since Christmas. Coutinho is cup-tied having played for Liverpool in the group stages. Verdict: Chelsea were much-fancied when the draw was made, but they look ripe for a pasting unless they can pull a performance out of the fire. Barcelona have been in second gear for a while, and might be saving themselves for the trip to Stamford Bridge. Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Shakhtar will have played just one competitive match between December&#39;s draw at the visit of Roma, but have played a series of friendlies in an effort to stay sharp. The big positive for Shakhtar over the winter was keeping central midfielder Fred, though Man City are expected to return for the Brazilian in the summer. The positivity around Roma in the season&#39;s early months has dissipated since the draw, with Eusebio Di Francesco&#39;s team winning only three of their last 10 in all competitions. Defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons will likely miss out with a calf injury, but the Serie A club did manager to keep Edin Dzeko despite interest from Chelsea. Left-back Emerson Palmieri did get his move to Stamford Bridge, however. Verdict: What kind of shape will Shakhtar be in after a long winter break? The balance of this tie has not really changed, but the Ukranian side showed against Man City what a dynamic side they are. Fred in action against Man City Credit: Reuters Bayern Munich vs Besiktas Under the guidance of Juup Heynckes, Bayern are on a 14-game winning run in all competitions. Their dominance at home has sometimes left previous Bayern teams short on high-intensity match practice, but that should not prove too problematic against Besiktas. The inimitable Manuel Neuer is a long-term absentee, and while they are heavily reliant on Robert Lewandowski, Sandro Wagner did arrive from Hoffenheim in January to share the load. Besiktas surprised many by progressing through a group containing RB Leipzig and Monaco, but lost their centre forward Cenk Tosun to Everton in the January window. Just three points separate the top four in the Turkish league - possibly Europe&#39;s most exciting title race - and Besiktas are in touch after three wins in four. Verdict: Bayern are heavy favourites, and Tosun&#39;s departure only strengthens that.
How has the balance of each Champions League tie changed since the draw?
Champions League football returns on Tuesday, three months and one day after the last-16 draw in Nyon, Switzerland. The interlude between group and knockout stages contained winter breaks, a transfer window, managerial dismissals, fluctuations in form and injuries to key players. So who has emerged from European hibernation in the best shape, and who has seen their chances diminish amid a winter of discontent? For the first time in the competition's history, there are five Premier League teams left in the competition at this stage with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City first up this week. The complexion of the draw can change significantly after Christmas, so where do we stand? Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur The defence that never concedes against the striker who always scores. Juventus have been impeccable since they were drawn against Spurs, with 11 consecutive wins in all competitions either side of Serie A's January break. A 16-match unbeaten run extends into November, during which they have conceded one (ONE) goal. Their early-season struggles threatened to turn Serie A into an exhilarating four or five horse race for the Scudetto, but the Old Lady and Napoli have pulled clear of the rest. Juventus mostly play with a back four now, and have tightened up considerably. Gonzalo Higuain looked rotund in the season's early weeks but is in fine fettle with six goals in his last four. Paulo Dybala remains an injury doubt despite returning to light training, and Juventus could be also be without summer signings Douglas Costa and Blaise Matuidi. Federico Bernardeschi has deputised ably for Dybala, while old warhorse Claudio Marchisio will take Matuidi's place. They did no significant business in January. Tottenham vs Arsenal player ratings The last three months have been overwhelmingly positive for Spurs. They are still in the FA Cup and cemented their place in the Champions League places by taking seven points from games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in the last month. January signing Lucas Moura is not cup-tied, and although Toby Alderweireld is set to be left at home, Mauricio Pochettino has a full compliment to choose from. Verdict:Both sides are in fantastic form, though Juventus carry more injury concerns. That said, the timing of Tottenham's trip to Italy after three high-intensity league games could prove a handicap. FC Basel vs Manchester City The Swiss championship resumed on February 3rd after a lengthy winter break, meaning Basel have only played three competitive matches since the draw pitted them against champions elect Man City. The mid-winter interval halted Basel's momentum, who were on an eight-match winning streak that included a 1-0 win over Man Utd. The January transfer window may have weakened them too, with promising defender Manuel Akanji moving to Borussia Dortmund for £19 million. The Swiss club re-signed a couple of familiar faces with Champions League experience - Fabian Frei and forward Valentin Stocker. Man City have continued their relentless march to the title, and possibly Premier League history. There are no doubts over form and morale, but their squad has been depleted by a series of medium-term injuries. Will anyone stop Man City? Credit: PA Pep Guardiola has been without Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus, while David Silva has been intermittently absent for family reasons. Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph are also on the sidelines, so 21-year-old Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to fill-in at left back. City failed in a deadline day move for Riyad Mahrez after pulling out of the race for Alexis Sanchez. Verdict:Man City were heavy favourites when the draw was made, and remain so. Injuries might cost them against stronger opponents, but they should negotiate this tie. The winter break makes Basel something of an unknown quantity - will they be fresh and energetic, or rusty and short of City's intensity? Porto vs Liverpool Remarkably, Porto are only two points clear of Benfica in the Portuguese League despite not losing a league match all season. Sporting Lisbon knocked them out of the League Cup on penalties, but Porto have seven points from nine since the resumption of league football. Felipe will serve a one-match suspension against Liverpool while centre forward Vincent Aboubakar is also an injury doubt. Liverpool lose Philippe Coutinho from their Champions League squad, but do gain January signing Virgil van Dijk who brings the added advantage of not being cup-tied. Liverpool's form since the draw has been strong, with a surprise defeat away at Swansea and cup exit to West Brom the only blots on the copy book. Jurgen Klopp has no significant injury concerns, and should be able to field a Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah as a front three. Verdict: The balance of the tie has not changed much since the draw. It's a presentable chance for Liverpool to reach the last eight, but Porto are historically strong at the Estadio do Dragao. Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain The tie of the round, and the odds have shifted significantly in PSG's favour since the draw. The Champions League is Zinedine Zidane's only chance to make this season a success, with Real Madrid 17 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona. Zidane galvanised a group of player's disillusioned by Rafael Benitez's methods, the Frenchman is not at the vanguard of tactical innovation. The holders have won just three of their last seven league games, with Cristiano Ronaldo badly out of sorts and goalscoring form. Right-back Dani Carvajal is suspended for the first leg. Paris Saint-Germain could win their first Champions League Credit: AFP PSG on the other hand, are cruising in Ligue 1 with a defeat at Lyon the one hiccup in an otherwise exemplary run of seven league wins in eight since the draw. Kylian Mbappe gave Unai Emery an injury scare but has returned in good time, and although Neymar was pictured with ice on both ankles on Sunday their marquee signing should be available. Verdict: They have won the tournament three times in the past four seasons, but it would be a surprise if Real Madrid progressed. PSG look the pacier, more inventive attacking force and all is not well at the Bernabeu. Sevilla vs Manchester United Sevilla made the startling decision to sack manager Eduardo Berizzo in December, days after he had returned from prostate cancer surgery. His parting gift to the club was a place in the last-16, and Vincenzo Montella will be in the dug-out to face Man Utd. The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium created a raucous atmosphere, but they have won only two of eight league matches since the draw. Premier League mis-fits Sandro Ramirez and Roque Mesa joined on loan in January, along with Corinthians full-back Guilherme Arana. Simon Kjaer has missed the last eight games with a back injury, but Steven N'Zonzi has been reintegrated under Montella. Man Utd may have 'won the transfer window' with the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, but their performances over the past few months have been far from convincing. Jose Mourinho seems reluctant to leave out one of his big-name forwards, and their 4-2-3-1 system has left a sub-standard back four exposed against good sides. Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? The former Chelsea manager has a fantastic record in European knock-out football, but might have to rediscover his pragmatic edge to ensure United come back from Spain unscathed. Defensive injuries to Marcos Rojo and particularly Eric Bailly have been debilitating. Verdict: United have even more attacking quality and talent thanks to the purchase of Sanchez, but their back four looks vulnerable for an away game in Europe. You would just about fancy Mourinho to come up with a system to protect them however, and Sevilla are not the team they were under Emery. Chelsea vs Barcelona Two old rivals meet again, and it could be Antonio Conte's last chance to save his job. The Chelsea's managers blue on blue combat with the club's hierarchy lingered through January, and there looked to be open mutiny in the dressing room after 3-0 and 4-1 defeats against Bournemouth and Watford. A back-up striker for Alvaro Morata arrived in Olivier Giroud but public disagreements over transfer policy continued. The Spaniard continues to struggle with a back injury, while Conte has also sidelined last season's defensive stalwart David Luiz. Confidence is fragile, especially for Tiemoue Bakayoko who looks a shell of the player he was at Monaco. Contenders to replace Conte at Chelsea Barcelona have been functional rather than spectacular in recent weeks, scoring only six goals in their last five in all competitions, but are over the hill and far away in the league. Summer signing Ousmane Dembele returned to the bench against Getafe after a serious thigh injury, while Luis Suarez has re-discovered his goalscoring touch since Christmas. Coutinho is cup-tied having played for Liverpool in the group stages. Verdict: Chelsea were much-fancied when the draw was made, but they look ripe for a pasting unless they can pull a performance out of the fire. Barcelona have been in second gear for a while, and might be saving themselves for the trip to Stamford Bridge. Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Shakhtar will have played just one competitive match between December's draw at the visit of Roma, but have played a series of friendlies in an effort to stay sharp. The big positive for Shakhtar over the winter was keeping central midfielder Fred, though Man City are expected to return for the Brazilian in the summer. The positivity around Roma in the season's early months has dissipated since the draw, with Eusebio Di Francesco's team winning only three of their last 10 in all competitions. Defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons will likely miss out with a calf injury, but the Serie A club did manager to keep Edin Dzeko despite interest from Chelsea. Left-back Emerson Palmieri did get his move to Stamford Bridge, however. Verdict: What kind of shape will Shakhtar be in after a long winter break? The balance of this tie has not really changed, but the Ukranian side showed against Man City what a dynamic side they are. Fred in action against Man City Credit: Reuters Bayern Munich vs Besiktas Under the guidance of Juup Heynckes, Bayern are on a 14-game winning run in all competitions. Their dominance at home has sometimes left previous Bayern teams short on high-intensity match practice, but that should not prove too problematic against Besiktas. The inimitable Manuel Neuer is a long-term absentee, and while they are heavily reliant on Robert Lewandowski, Sandro Wagner did arrive from Hoffenheim in January to share the load. Besiktas surprised many by progressing through a group containing RB Leipzig and Monaco, but lost their centre forward Cenk Tosun to Everton in the January window. Just three points separate the top four in the Turkish league - possibly Europe's most exciting title race - and Besiktas are in touch after three wins in four. Verdict: Bayern are heavy favourites, and Tosun's departure only strengthens that.
Champions League football returns on Tuesday, three months and one day after the last-16 draw in Nyon, Switzerland. The interlude between group and knockout stages contained winter breaks, a transfer window, managerial dismissals, fluctuations in form and injuries to key players. So who has emerged from European hibernation in the best shape, and who has seen their chances diminish amid a winter of discontent? For the first time in the competition&#39;s history, there are five Premier League teams left in the competition at this stage with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City first up this week. The complexion of the draw can change significantly after Christmas, so where do we stand? Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur The defence that never concedes against the striker who always scores. Juventus have been impeccable since they were drawn against Spurs, with 11 consecutive wins in all competitions either side of Serie A&#39;s January break. A 16-match unbeaten run extends into November, during which they have conceded one (ONE) goal. Their early-season struggles threatened to turn Serie A into an exhilarating four or five horse race for the Scudetto, but the Old Lady and Napoli have pulled clear of the rest. Juventus mostly play with a back four now, and have tightened up considerably. Gonzalo Higuain looked rotund in the season&#39;s early weeks but is in fine fettle with six goals in his last four. Paulo Dybala remains an injury doubt despite returning to light training, and Juventus could be also be without summer signings Douglas Costa and Blaise Matuidi. Federico Bernardeschi has deputised ably for Dybala, while old warhorse Claudio Marchisio will take Matuidi&#39;s place. They did no significant business in January. Tottenham vs Arsenal player ratings The last three months have been overwhelmingly positive for Spurs. They are still in the FA Cup and cemented their place in the Champions League places by taking seven points from games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in the last month. January signing Lucas Moura is not cup-tied, and although Toby Alderweireld is set to be left at home, Mauricio Pochettino has a full compliment to choose from. Verdict:Both sides are in fantastic form, though Juventus carry more injury concerns. That said, the timing of Tottenham&#39;s trip to Italy after three high-intensity league games could prove a handicap. FC Basel vs Manchester City The Swiss championship resumed on February 3rd after a lengthy winter break, meaning Basel have only played three competitive matches since the draw pitted them against champions elect Man City. The mid-winter interval halted Basel&#39;s momentum, who were on an eight-match winning streak that included a 1-0 win over Man Utd. The January transfer window may have weakened them too, with promising defender Manuel Akanji moving to Borussia Dortmund for £19 million. The Swiss club re-signed a couple of familiar faces with Champions League experience - Fabian Frei and forward Valentin Stocker. Man City have continued their relentless march to the title, and possibly Premier League history. There are no doubts over form and morale, but their squad has been depleted by a series of medium-term injuries. Will anyone stop Man City? Credit: PA Pep Guardiola has been without Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus, while David Silva has been intermittently absent for family reasons. Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph are also on the sidelines, so 21-year-old Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to fill-in at left back. City failed in a deadline day move for Riyad Mahrez after pulling out of the race for Alexis Sanchez. Verdict:Man City were heavy favourites when the draw was made, and remain so. Injuries might cost them against stronger opponents, but they should negotiate this tie. The winter break makes Basel something of an unknown quantity - will they be fresh and energetic, or rusty and short of City&#39;s intensity? Porto vs Liverpool Remarkably, Porto are only two points clear of Benfica in the Portuguese League despite not losing a league match all season. Sporting Lisbon knocked them out of the League Cup on penalties, but Porto have seven points from nine since the resumption of league football. Felipe will serve a one-match suspension against Liverpool while centre forward Vincent Aboubakar is also an injury doubt. Liverpool lose Philippe Coutinho from their Champions League squad, but do gain January signing Virgil van Dijk who brings the added advantage of not being cup-tied. Liverpool&#39;s form since the draw has been strong, with a surprise defeat away at Swansea and cup exit to West Brom the only blots on the copy book. Jurgen Klopp has no significant injury concerns, and should be able to field a Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah as a front three. Verdict: The balance of the tie has not changed much since the draw. It&#39;s a presentable chance for Liverpool to reach the last eight, but Porto are historically strong at the Estadio do Dragao. Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain The tie of the round, and the odds have shifted significantly in PSG&#39;s favour since the draw. The Champions League is Zinedine Zidane&#39;s only chance to make this season a success, with Real Madrid 17 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona. Zidane galvanised a group of player&#39;s disillusioned by Rafael Benitez&#39;s methods, the Frenchman is not at the vanguard of tactical innovation. The holders have won just three of their last seven league games, with Cristiano Ronaldo badly out of sorts and goalscoring form. Right-back Dani Carvajal is suspended for the first leg. Paris Saint-Germain could win their first Champions League Credit: AFP PSG on the other hand, are cruising in Ligue 1 with a defeat at Lyon the one hiccup in an otherwise exemplary run of seven league wins in eight since the draw. Kylian Mbappe gave Unai Emery an injury scare but has returned in good time, and although Neymar was pictured with ice on both ankles on Sunday their marquee signing should be available. Verdict: They have won the tournament three times in the past four seasons, but it would be a surprise if Real Madrid progressed. PSG look the pacier, more inventive attacking force and all is not well at the Bernabeu. Sevilla vs Manchester United Sevilla made the startling decision to sack manager Eduardo Berizzo in December, days after he had returned from prostate cancer surgery. His parting gift to the club was a place in the last-16, and Vincenzo Montella will be in the dug-out to face Man Utd. The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium created a raucous atmosphere, but they have won only two of eight league matches since the draw. Premier League mis-fits Sandro Ramirez and Roque Mesa joined on loan in January, along with Corinthians full-back Guilherme Arana. Simon Kjaer has missed the last eight games with a back injury, but Steven N&#39;Zonzi has been reintegrated under Montella. Man Utd may have &#39;won the transfer window&#39; with the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, but their performances over the past few months have been far from convincing. Jose Mourinho seems reluctant to leave out one of his big-name forwards, and their 4-2-3-1 system has left a sub-standard back four exposed against good sides. Why can&#39;t Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? The former Chelsea manager has a fantastic record in European knock-out football, but might have to rediscover his pragmatic edge to ensure United come back from Spain unscathed. Defensive injuries to Marcos Rojo and particularly Eric Bailly have been debilitating. Verdict: United have even more attacking quality and talent thanks to the purchase of Sanchez, but their back four looks vulnerable for an away game in Europe. You would just about fancy Mourinho to come up with a system to protect them however, and Sevilla are not the team they were under Emery. Chelsea vs Barcelona Two old rivals meet again, and it could be Antonio Conte&#39;s last chance to save his job. The Chelsea&#39;s managers blue on blue combat with the club&#39;s hierarchy lingered through January, and there looked to be open mutiny in the dressing room after 3-0 and 4-1 defeats against Bournemouth and Watford. A back-up striker for Alvaro Morata arrived in Olivier Giroud but public disagreements over transfer policy continued. The Spaniard continues to struggle with a back injury, while Conte has also sidelined last season&#39;s defensive stalwart David Luiz. Confidence is fragile, especially for Tiemoue Bakayoko who looks a shell of the player he was at Monaco. Contenders to replace Conte at Chelsea Barcelona have been functional rather than spectacular in recent weeks, scoring only six goals in their last five in all competitions, but are over the hill and far away in the league. Summer signing Ousmane Dembele returned to the bench against Getafe after a serious thigh injury, while Luis Suarez has re-discovered his goalscoring touch since Christmas. Coutinho is cup-tied having played for Liverpool in the group stages. Verdict: Chelsea were much-fancied when the draw was made, but they look ripe for a pasting unless they can pull a performance out of the fire. Barcelona have been in second gear for a while, and might be saving themselves for the trip to Stamford Bridge. Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Shakhtar will have played just one competitive match between December&#39;s draw at the visit of Roma, but have played a series of friendlies in an effort to stay sharp. The big positive for Shakhtar over the winter was keeping central midfielder Fred, though Man City are expected to return for the Brazilian in the summer. The positivity around Roma in the season&#39;s early months has dissipated since the draw, with Eusebio Di Francesco&#39;s team winning only three of their last 10 in all competitions. Defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons will likely miss out with a calf injury, but the Serie A club did manager to keep Edin Dzeko despite interest from Chelsea. Left-back Emerson Palmieri did get his move to Stamford Bridge, however. Verdict: What kind of shape will Shakhtar be in after a long winter break? The balance of this tie has not really changed, but the Ukranian side showed against Man City what a dynamic side they are. Fred in action against Man City Credit: Reuters Bayern Munich vs Besiktas Under the guidance of Juup Heynckes, Bayern are on a 14-game winning run in all competitions. Their dominance at home has sometimes left previous Bayern teams short on high-intensity match practice, but that should not prove too problematic against Besiktas. The inimitable Manuel Neuer is a long-term absentee, and while they are heavily reliant on Robert Lewandowski, Sandro Wagner did arrive from Hoffenheim in January to share the load. Besiktas surprised many by progressing through a group containing RB Leipzig and Monaco, but lost their centre forward Cenk Tosun to Everton in the January window. Just three points separate the top four in the Turkish league - possibly Europe&#39;s most exciting title race - and Besiktas are in touch after three wins in four. Verdict: Bayern are heavy favourites, and Tosun&#39;s departure only strengthens that.
How has the balance of each Champions League tie changed since the draw?
Champions League football returns on Tuesday, three months and one day after the last-16 draw in Nyon, Switzerland. The interlude between group and knockout stages contained winter breaks, a transfer window, managerial dismissals, fluctuations in form and injuries to key players. So who has emerged from European hibernation in the best shape, and who has seen their chances diminish amid a winter of discontent? For the first time in the competition's history, there are five Premier League teams left in the competition at this stage with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City first up this week. The complexion of the draw can change significantly after Christmas, so where do we stand? Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur The defence that never concedes against the striker who always scores. Juventus have been impeccable since they were drawn against Spurs, with 11 consecutive wins in all competitions either side of Serie A's January break. A 16-match unbeaten run extends into November, during which they have conceded one (ONE) goal. Their early-season struggles threatened to turn Serie A into an exhilarating four or five horse race for the Scudetto, but the Old Lady and Napoli have pulled clear of the rest. Juventus mostly play with a back four now, and have tightened up considerably. Gonzalo Higuain looked rotund in the season's early weeks but is in fine fettle with six goals in his last four. Paulo Dybala remains an injury doubt despite returning to light training, and Juventus could be also be without summer signings Douglas Costa and Blaise Matuidi. Federico Bernardeschi has deputised ably for Dybala, while old warhorse Claudio Marchisio will take Matuidi's place. They did no significant business in January. Tottenham vs Arsenal player ratings The last three months have been overwhelmingly positive for Spurs. They are still in the FA Cup and cemented their place in the Champions League places by taking seven points from games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in the last month. January signing Lucas Moura is not cup-tied, and although Toby Alderweireld is set to be left at home, Mauricio Pochettino has a full compliment to choose from. Verdict:Both sides are in fantastic form, though Juventus carry more injury concerns. That said, the timing of Tottenham's trip to Italy after three high-intensity league games could prove a handicap. FC Basel vs Manchester City The Swiss championship resumed on February 3rd after a lengthy winter break, meaning Basel have only played three competitive matches since the draw pitted them against champions elect Man City. The mid-winter interval halted Basel's momentum, who were on an eight-match winning streak that included a 1-0 win over Man Utd. The January transfer window may have weakened them too, with promising defender Manuel Akanji moving to Borussia Dortmund for £19 million. The Swiss club re-signed a couple of familiar faces with Champions League experience - Fabian Frei and forward Valentin Stocker. Man City have continued their relentless march to the title, and possibly Premier League history. There are no doubts over form and morale, but their squad has been depleted by a series of medium-term injuries. Will anyone stop Man City? Credit: PA Pep Guardiola has been without Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus, while David Silva has been intermittently absent for family reasons. Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph are also on the sidelines, so 21-year-old Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to fill-in at left back. City failed in a deadline day move for Riyad Mahrez after pulling out of the race for Alexis Sanchez. Verdict:Man City were heavy favourites when the draw was made, and remain so. Injuries might cost them against stronger opponents, but they should negotiate this tie. The winter break makes Basel something of an unknown quantity - will they be fresh and energetic, or rusty and short of City's intensity? Porto vs Liverpool Remarkably, Porto are only two points clear of Benfica in the Portuguese League despite not losing a league match all season. Sporting Lisbon knocked them out of the League Cup on penalties, but Porto have seven points from nine since the resumption of league football. Felipe will serve a one-match suspension against Liverpool while centre forward Vincent Aboubakar is also an injury doubt. Liverpool lose Philippe Coutinho from their Champions League squad, but do gain January signing Virgil van Dijk who brings the added advantage of not being cup-tied. Liverpool's form since the draw has been strong, with a surprise defeat away at Swansea and cup exit to West Brom the only blots on the copy book. Jurgen Klopp has no significant injury concerns, and should be able to field a Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah as a front three. Verdict: The balance of the tie has not changed much since the draw. It's a presentable chance for Liverpool to reach the last eight, but Porto are historically strong at the Estadio do Dragao. Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain The tie of the round, and the odds have shifted significantly in PSG's favour since the draw. The Champions League is Zinedine Zidane's only chance to make this season a success, with Real Madrid 17 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona. Zidane galvanised a group of player's disillusioned by Rafael Benitez's methods, the Frenchman is not at the vanguard of tactical innovation. The holders have won just three of their last seven league games, with Cristiano Ronaldo badly out of sorts and goalscoring form. Right-back Dani Carvajal is suspended for the first leg. Paris Saint-Germain could win their first Champions League Credit: AFP PSG on the other hand, are cruising in Ligue 1 with a defeat at Lyon the one hiccup in an otherwise exemplary run of seven league wins in eight since the draw. Kylian Mbappe gave Unai Emery an injury scare but has returned in good time, and although Neymar was pictured with ice on both ankles on Sunday their marquee signing should be available. Verdict: They have won the tournament three times in the past four seasons, but it would be a surprise if Real Madrid progressed. PSG look the pacier, more inventive attacking force and all is not well at the Bernabeu. Sevilla vs Manchester United Sevilla made the startling decision to sack manager Eduardo Berizzo in December, days after he had returned from prostate cancer surgery. His parting gift to the club was a place in the last-16, and Vincenzo Montella will be in the dug-out to face Man Utd. The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium created a raucous atmosphere, but they have won only two of eight league matches since the draw. Premier League mis-fits Sandro Ramirez and Roque Mesa joined on loan in January, along with Corinthians full-back Guilherme Arana. Simon Kjaer has missed the last eight games with a back injury, but Steven N'Zonzi has been reintegrated under Montella. Man Utd may have 'won the transfer window' with the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, but their performances over the past few months have been far from convincing. Jose Mourinho seems reluctant to leave out one of his big-name forwards, and their 4-2-3-1 system has left a sub-standard back four exposed against good sides. Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? The former Chelsea manager has a fantastic record in European knock-out football, but might have to rediscover his pragmatic edge to ensure United come back from Spain unscathed. Defensive injuries to Marcos Rojo and particularly Eric Bailly have been debilitating. Verdict: United have even more attacking quality and talent thanks to the purchase of Sanchez, but their back four looks vulnerable for an away game in Europe. You would just about fancy Mourinho to come up with a system to protect them however, and Sevilla are not the team they were under Emery. Chelsea vs Barcelona Two old rivals meet again, and it could be Antonio Conte's last chance to save his job. The Chelsea's managers blue on blue combat with the club's hierarchy lingered through January, and there looked to be open mutiny in the dressing room after 3-0 and 4-1 defeats against Bournemouth and Watford. A back-up striker for Alvaro Morata arrived in Olivier Giroud but public disagreements over transfer policy continued. The Spaniard continues to struggle with a back injury, while Conte has also sidelined last season's defensive stalwart David Luiz. Confidence is fragile, especially for Tiemoue Bakayoko who looks a shell of the player he was at Monaco. Contenders to replace Conte at Chelsea Barcelona have been functional rather than spectacular in recent weeks, scoring only six goals in their last five in all competitions, but are over the hill and far away in the league. Summer signing Ousmane Dembele returned to the bench against Getafe after a serious thigh injury, while Luis Suarez has re-discovered his goalscoring touch since Christmas. Coutinho is cup-tied having played for Liverpool in the group stages. Verdict: Chelsea were much-fancied when the draw was made, but they look ripe for a pasting unless they can pull a performance out of the fire. Barcelona have been in second gear for a while, and might be saving themselves for the trip to Stamford Bridge. Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Shakhtar will have played just one competitive match between December's draw at the visit of Roma, but have played a series of friendlies in an effort to stay sharp. The big positive for Shakhtar over the winter was keeping central midfielder Fred, though Man City are expected to return for the Brazilian in the summer. The positivity around Roma in the season's early months has dissipated since the draw, with Eusebio Di Francesco's team winning only three of their last 10 in all competitions. Defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons will likely miss out with a calf injury, but the Serie A club did manager to keep Edin Dzeko despite interest from Chelsea. Left-back Emerson Palmieri did get his move to Stamford Bridge, however. Verdict: What kind of shape will Shakhtar be in after a long winter break? The balance of this tie has not really changed, but the Ukranian side showed against Man City what a dynamic side they are. Fred in action against Man City Credit: Reuters Bayern Munich vs Besiktas Under the guidance of Juup Heynckes, Bayern are on a 14-game winning run in all competitions. Their dominance at home has sometimes left previous Bayern teams short on high-intensity match practice, but that should not prove too problematic against Besiktas. The inimitable Manuel Neuer is a long-term absentee, and while they are heavily reliant on Robert Lewandowski, Sandro Wagner did arrive from Hoffenheim in January to share the load. Besiktas surprised many by progressing through a group containing RB Leipzig and Monaco, but lost their centre forward Cenk Tosun to Everton in the January window. Just three points separate the top four in the Turkish league - possibly Europe's most exciting title race - and Besiktas are in touch after three wins in four. Verdict: Bayern are heavy favourites, and Tosun's departure only strengthens that.
Champions League football returns on Tuesday, three months and one day after the last-16 draw in Nyon, Switzerland. The interlude between group and knockout stages contained winter breaks, a transfer window, managerial dismissals, fluctuations in form and injuries to key players. So who has emerged from European hibernation in the best shape, and who has seen their chances diminish amid a winter of discontent? For the first time in the competition&#39;s history, there are five Premier League teams left in the competition at this stage with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City first up this week. The complexion of the draw can change significantly after Christmas, so where do we stand? Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur The defence that never concedes against the striker who always scores. Juventus have been impeccable since they were drawn against Spurs, with 11 consecutive wins in all competitions either side of Serie A&#39;s January break. A 16-match unbeaten run extends into November, during which they have conceded one (ONE) goal. Their early-season struggles threatened to turn Serie A into an exhilarating four or five horse race for the Scudetto, but the Old Lady and Napoli have pulled clear of the rest. Juventus mostly play with a back four now, and have tightened up considerably. Gonzalo Higuain looked rotund in the season&#39;s early weeks but is in fine fettle with six goals in his last four. Paulo Dybala remains an injury doubt despite returning to light training, and Juventus could be also be without summer signings Douglas Costa and Blaise Matuidi. Federico Bernardeschi has deputised ably for Dybala, while old warhorse Claudio Marchisio will take Matuidi&#39;s place. They did no significant business in January. Tottenham vs Arsenal player ratings The last three months have been overwhelmingly positive for Spurs. They are still in the FA Cup and cemented their place in the Champions League places by taking seven points from games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in the last month. January signing Lucas Moura is not cup-tied, and although Toby Alderweireld is set to be left at home, Mauricio Pochettino has a full compliment to choose from. Verdict:Both sides are in fantastic form, though Juventus carry more injury concerns. That said, the timing of Tottenham&#39;s trip to Italy after three high-intensity league games could prove a handicap. FC Basel vs Manchester City The Swiss championship resumed on February 3rd after a lengthy winter break, meaning Basel have only played three competitive matches since the draw pitted them against champions elect Man City. The mid-winter interval halted Basel&#39;s momentum, who were on an eight-match winning streak that included a 1-0 win over Man Utd. The January transfer window may have weakened them too, with promising defender Manuel Akanji moving to Borussia Dortmund for £19 million. The Swiss club re-signed a couple of familiar faces with Champions League experience - Fabian Frei and forward Valentin Stocker. Man City have continued their relentless march to the title, and possibly Premier League history. There are no doubts over form and morale, but their squad has been depleted by a series of medium-term injuries. Will anyone stop Man City? Credit: PA Pep Guardiola has been without Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus, while David Silva has been intermittently absent for family reasons. Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph are also on the sidelines, so 21-year-old Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to fill-in at left back. City failed in a deadline day move for Riyad Mahrez after pulling out of the race for Alexis Sanchez. Verdict:Man City were heavy favourites when the draw was made, and remain so. Injuries might cost them against stronger opponents, but they should negotiate this tie. The winter break makes Basel something of an unknown quantity - will they be fresh and energetic, or rusty and short of City&#39;s intensity? Porto vs Liverpool Remarkably, Porto are only two points clear of Benfica in the Portuguese League despite not losing a league match all season. Sporting Lisbon knocked them out of the League Cup on penalties, but Porto have seven points from nine since the resumption of league football. Felipe will serve a one-match suspension against Liverpool while centre forward Vincent Aboubakar is also an injury doubt. Liverpool lose Philippe Coutinho from their Champions League squad, but do gain January signing Virgil van Dijk who brings the added advantage of not being cup-tied. Liverpool&#39;s form since the draw has been strong, with a surprise defeat away at Swansea and cup exit to West Brom the only blots on the copy book. Jurgen Klopp has no significant injury concerns, and should be able to field a Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah as a front three. Verdict: The balance of the tie has not changed much since the draw. It&#39;s a presentable chance for Liverpool to reach the last eight, but Porto are historically strong at the Estadio do Dragao. Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain The tie of the round, and the odds have shifted significantly in PSG&#39;s favour since the draw. The Champions League is Zinedine Zidane&#39;s only chance to make this season a success, with Real Madrid 17 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona. Zidane galvanised a group of player&#39;s disillusioned by Rafael Benitez&#39;s methods, the Frenchman is not at the vanguard of tactical innovation. The holders have won just three of their last seven league games, with Cristiano Ronaldo badly out of sorts and goalscoring form. Right-back Dani Carvajal is suspended for the first leg. Paris Saint-Germain could win their first Champions League Credit: AFP PSG on the other hand, are cruising in Ligue 1 with a defeat at Lyon the one hiccup in an otherwise exemplary run of seven league wins in eight since the draw. Kylian Mbappe gave Unai Emery an injury scare but has returned in good time, and although Neymar was pictured with ice on both ankles on Sunday their marquee signing should be available. Verdict: They have won the tournament three times in the past four seasons, but it would be a surprise if Real Madrid progressed. PSG look the pacier, more inventive attacking force and all is not well at the Bernabeu. Sevilla vs Manchester United Sevilla made the startling decision to sack manager Eduardo Berizzo in December, days after he had returned from prostate cancer surgery. His parting gift to the club was a place in the last-16, and Vincenzo Montella will be in the dug-out to face Man Utd. The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium created a raucous atmosphere, but they have won only two of eight league matches since the draw. Premier League mis-fits Sandro Ramirez and Roque Mesa joined on loan in January, along with Corinthians full-back Guilherme Arana. Simon Kjaer has missed the last eight games with a back injury, but Steven N&#39;Zonzi has been reintegrated under Montella. Man Utd may have &#39;won the transfer window&#39; with the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, but their performances over the past few months have been far from convincing. Jose Mourinho seems reluctant to leave out one of his big-name forwards, and their 4-2-3-1 system has left a sub-standard back four exposed against good sides. Why can&#39;t Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? The former Chelsea manager has a fantastic record in European knock-out football, but might have to rediscover his pragmatic edge to ensure United come back from Spain unscathed. Defensive injuries to Marcos Rojo and particularly Eric Bailly have been debilitating. Verdict: United have even more attacking quality and talent thanks to the purchase of Sanchez, but their back four looks vulnerable for an away game in Europe. You would just about fancy Mourinho to come up with a system to protect them however, and Sevilla are not the team they were under Emery. Chelsea vs Barcelona Two old rivals meet again, and it could be Antonio Conte&#39;s last chance to save his job. The Chelsea&#39;s managers blue on blue combat with the club&#39;s hierarchy lingered through January, and there looked to be open mutiny in the dressing room after 3-0 and 4-1 defeats against Bournemouth and Watford. A back-up striker for Alvaro Morata arrived in Olivier Giroud but public disagreements over transfer policy continued. The Spaniard continues to struggle with a back injury, while Conte has also sidelined last season&#39;s defensive stalwart David Luiz. Confidence is fragile, especially for Tiemoue Bakayoko who looks a shell of the player he was at Monaco. Contenders to replace Conte at Chelsea Barcelona have been functional rather than spectacular in recent weeks, scoring only six goals in their last five in all competitions, but are over the hill and far away in the league. Summer signing Ousmane Dembele returned to the bench against Getafe after a serious thigh injury, while Luis Suarez has re-discovered his goalscoring touch since Christmas. Coutinho is cup-tied having played for Liverpool in the group stages. Verdict: Chelsea were much-fancied when the draw was made, but they look ripe for a pasting unless they can pull a performance out of the fire. Barcelona have been in second gear for a while, and might be saving themselves for the trip to Stamford Bridge. Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Shakhtar will have played just one competitive match between December&#39;s draw at the visit of Roma, but have played a series of friendlies in an effort to stay sharp. The big positive for Shakhtar over the winter was keeping central midfielder Fred, though Man City are expected to return for the Brazilian in the summer. The positivity around Roma in the season&#39;s early months has dissipated since the draw, with Eusebio Di Francesco&#39;s team winning only three of their last 10 in all competitions. Defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons will likely miss out with a calf injury, but the Serie A club did manager to keep Edin Dzeko despite interest from Chelsea. Left-back Emerson Palmieri did get his move to Stamford Bridge, however. Verdict: What kind of shape will Shakhtar be in after a long winter break? The balance of this tie has not really changed, but the Ukranian side showed against Man City what a dynamic side they are. Fred in action against Man City Credit: Reuters Bayern Munich vs Besiktas Under the guidance of Juup Heynckes, Bayern are on a 14-game winning run in all competitions. Their dominance at home has sometimes left previous Bayern teams short on high-intensity match practice, but that should not prove too problematic against Besiktas. The inimitable Manuel Neuer is a long-term absentee, and while they are heavily reliant on Robert Lewandowski, Sandro Wagner did arrive from Hoffenheim in January to share the load. Besiktas surprised many by progressing through a group containing RB Leipzig and Monaco, but lost their centre forward Cenk Tosun to Everton in the January window. Just three points separate the top four in the Turkish league - possibly Europe&#39;s most exciting title race - and Besiktas are in touch after three wins in four. Verdict: Bayern are heavy favourites, and Tosun&#39;s departure only strengthens that.
How has the balance of each Champions League tie changed since the draw?
Champions League football returns on Tuesday, three months and one day after the last-16 draw in Nyon, Switzerland. The interlude between group and knockout stages contained winter breaks, a transfer window, managerial dismissals, fluctuations in form and injuries to key players. So who has emerged from European hibernation in the best shape, and who has seen their chances diminish amid a winter of discontent? For the first time in the competition's history, there are five Premier League teams left in the competition at this stage with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City first up this week. The complexion of the draw can change significantly after Christmas, so where do we stand? Juventus vs Tottenham Hotspur The defence that never concedes against the striker who always scores. Juventus have been impeccable since they were drawn against Spurs, with 11 consecutive wins in all competitions either side of Serie A's January break. A 16-match unbeaten run extends into November, during which they have conceded one (ONE) goal. Their early-season struggles threatened to turn Serie A into an exhilarating four or five horse race for the Scudetto, but the Old Lady and Napoli have pulled clear of the rest. Juventus mostly play with a back four now, and have tightened up considerably. Gonzalo Higuain looked rotund in the season's early weeks but is in fine fettle with six goals in his last four. Paulo Dybala remains an injury doubt despite returning to light training, and Juventus could be also be without summer signings Douglas Costa and Blaise Matuidi. Federico Bernardeschi has deputised ably for Dybala, while old warhorse Claudio Marchisio will take Matuidi's place. They did no significant business in January. Tottenham vs Arsenal player ratings The last three months have been overwhelmingly positive for Spurs. They are still in the FA Cup and cemented their place in the Champions League places by taking seven points from games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in the last month. January signing Lucas Moura is not cup-tied, and although Toby Alderweireld is set to be left at home, Mauricio Pochettino has a full compliment to choose from. Verdict:Both sides are in fantastic form, though Juventus carry more injury concerns. That said, the timing of Tottenham's trip to Italy after three high-intensity league games could prove a handicap. FC Basel vs Manchester City The Swiss championship resumed on February 3rd after a lengthy winter break, meaning Basel have only played three competitive matches since the draw pitted them against champions elect Man City. The mid-winter interval halted Basel's momentum, who were on an eight-match winning streak that included a 1-0 win over Man Utd. The January transfer window may have weakened them too, with promising defender Manuel Akanji moving to Borussia Dortmund for £19 million. The Swiss club re-signed a couple of familiar faces with Champions League experience - Fabian Frei and forward Valentin Stocker. Man City have continued their relentless march to the title, and possibly Premier League history. There are no doubts over form and morale, but their squad has been depleted by a series of medium-term injuries. Will anyone stop Man City? Credit: PA Pep Guardiola has been without Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus, while David Silva has been intermittently absent for family reasons. Benjamin Mendy and Fabian Delph are also on the sidelines, so 21-year-old Oleksandr Zinchenko is likely to fill-in at left back. City failed in a deadline day move for Riyad Mahrez after pulling out of the race for Alexis Sanchez. Verdict:Man City were heavy favourites when the draw was made, and remain so. Injuries might cost them against stronger opponents, but they should negotiate this tie. The winter break makes Basel something of an unknown quantity - will they be fresh and energetic, or rusty and short of City's intensity? Porto vs Liverpool Remarkably, Porto are only two points clear of Benfica in the Portuguese League despite not losing a league match all season. Sporting Lisbon knocked them out of the League Cup on penalties, but Porto have seven points from nine since the resumption of league football. Felipe will serve a one-match suspension against Liverpool while centre forward Vincent Aboubakar is also an injury doubt. Liverpool lose Philippe Coutinho from their Champions League squad, but do gain January signing Virgil van Dijk who brings the added advantage of not being cup-tied. Liverpool's form since the draw has been strong, with a surprise defeat away at Swansea and cup exit to West Brom the only blots on the copy book. Jurgen Klopp has no significant injury concerns, and should be able to field a Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah as a front three. Verdict: The balance of the tie has not changed much since the draw. It's a presentable chance for Liverpool to reach the last eight, but Porto are historically strong at the Estadio do Dragao. Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain The tie of the round, and the odds have shifted significantly in PSG's favour since the draw. The Champions League is Zinedine Zidane's only chance to make this season a success, with Real Madrid 17 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona. Zidane galvanised a group of player's disillusioned by Rafael Benitez's methods, the Frenchman is not at the vanguard of tactical innovation. The holders have won just three of their last seven league games, with Cristiano Ronaldo badly out of sorts and goalscoring form. Right-back Dani Carvajal is suspended for the first leg. Paris Saint-Germain could win their first Champions League Credit: AFP PSG on the other hand, are cruising in Ligue 1 with a defeat at Lyon the one hiccup in an otherwise exemplary run of seven league wins in eight since the draw. Kylian Mbappe gave Unai Emery an injury scare but has returned in good time, and although Neymar was pictured with ice on both ankles on Sunday their marquee signing should be available. Verdict: They have won the tournament three times in the past four seasons, but it would be a surprise if Real Madrid progressed. PSG look the pacier, more inventive attacking force and all is not well at the Bernabeu. Sevilla vs Manchester United Sevilla made the startling decision to sack manager Eduardo Berizzo in December, days after he had returned from prostate cancer surgery. His parting gift to the club was a place in the last-16, and Vincenzo Montella will be in the dug-out to face Man Utd. The Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Stadium created a raucous atmosphere, but they have won only two of eight league matches since the draw. Premier League mis-fits Sandro Ramirez and Roque Mesa joined on loan in January, along with Corinthians full-back Guilherme Arana. Simon Kjaer has missed the last eight games with a back injury, but Steven N'Zonzi has been reintegrated under Montella. Man Utd may have 'won the transfer window' with the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, but their performances over the past few months have been far from convincing. Jose Mourinho seems reluctant to leave out one of his big-name forwards, and their 4-2-3-1 system has left a sub-standard back four exposed against good sides. Why can't Jose Mourinho get the most out of Paul Pogba? The former Chelsea manager has a fantastic record in European knock-out football, but might have to rediscover his pragmatic edge to ensure United come back from Spain unscathed. Defensive injuries to Marcos Rojo and particularly Eric Bailly have been debilitating. Verdict: United have even more attacking quality and talent thanks to the purchase of Sanchez, but their back four looks vulnerable for an away game in Europe. You would just about fancy Mourinho to come up with a system to protect them however, and Sevilla are not the team they were under Emery. Chelsea vs Barcelona Two old rivals meet again, and it could be Antonio Conte's last chance to save his job. The Chelsea's managers blue on blue combat with the club's hierarchy lingered through January, and there looked to be open mutiny in the dressing room after 3-0 and 4-1 defeats against Bournemouth and Watford. A back-up striker for Alvaro Morata arrived in Olivier Giroud but public disagreements over transfer policy continued. The Spaniard continues to struggle with a back injury, while Conte has also sidelined last season's defensive stalwart David Luiz. Confidence is fragile, especially for Tiemoue Bakayoko who looks a shell of the player he was at Monaco. Contenders to replace Conte at Chelsea Barcelona have been functional rather than spectacular in recent weeks, scoring only six goals in their last five in all competitions, but are over the hill and far away in the league. Summer signing Ousmane Dembele returned to the bench against Getafe after a serious thigh injury, while Luis Suarez has re-discovered his goalscoring touch since Christmas. Coutinho is cup-tied having played for Liverpool in the group stages. Verdict: Chelsea were much-fancied when the draw was made, but they look ripe for a pasting unless they can pull a performance out of the fire. Barcelona have been in second gear for a while, and might be saving themselves for the trip to Stamford Bridge. Shakhtar Donetsk vs Roma Shakhtar will have played just one competitive match between December's draw at the visit of Roma, but have played a series of friendlies in an effort to stay sharp. The big positive for Shakhtar over the winter was keeping central midfielder Fred, though Man City are expected to return for the Brazilian in the summer. The positivity around Roma in the season's early months has dissipated since the draw, with Eusebio Di Francesco's team winning only three of their last 10 in all competitions. Defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons will likely miss out with a calf injury, but the Serie A club did manager to keep Edin Dzeko despite interest from Chelsea. Left-back Emerson Palmieri did get his move to Stamford Bridge, however. Verdict: What kind of shape will Shakhtar be in after a long winter break? The balance of this tie has not really changed, but the Ukranian side showed against Man City what a dynamic side they are. Fred in action against Man City Credit: Reuters Bayern Munich vs Besiktas Under the guidance of Juup Heynckes, Bayern are on a 14-game winning run in all competitions. Their dominance at home has sometimes left previous Bayern teams short on high-intensity match practice, but that should not prove too problematic against Besiktas. The inimitable Manuel Neuer is a long-term absentee, and while they are heavily reliant on Robert Lewandowski, Sandro Wagner did arrive from Hoffenheim in January to share the load. Besiktas surprised many by progressing through a group containing RB Leipzig and Monaco, but lost their centre forward Cenk Tosun to Everton in the January window. Just three points separate the top four in the Turkish league - possibly Europe's most exciting title race - and Besiktas are in touch after three wins in four. Verdict: Bayern are heavy favourites, and Tosun's departure only strengthens that.
Pep Guardiola has revealed Leroy Sane is returning to boost Manchester City’s Champions League mission, just over two weeks since suffering ankle ligament damage. Sane has flown out with City’s squad to Basel for the round of 16 tie and could even start at St. Jakob-Park as City return to European competition. It was initially feared that the Germany international could be sidelined until late March after he was the victim of a dreadful challenge from Cardiff defender Joe Bennett in the FA Cup tie between the two clubs last month. The tackle infuriated Guardiola and sparked off an angry tirade from the City manager over the standard of refereeing and absence of protection for his players. But Sane has only missed Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion, Burnley and Leicester and has made himself available as Guardiola pursues the quadruple. David Silva is also back from injury Credit: Action Images David Silva and Fabian Delph are also in City’s squad, after returning from injuries, but it is the swift return of Sane that has stunned Guardiola. If the winger does appear against FC Basel, it will ensure he has returned five weeks ahead of schedule. Guardiola said: &quot;I&#39;m surprised but he has worked a lot. I couldn’t expect it with a young guy, to be so professional. “He&#39;s not in perfect condition but he has run a lot and he wants to help us. He is with us and that&#39;s good news. They have done a good job, both the physio’s and himself.” When asked if Sane could start, Guardiola smiled and replied simply: “He’s young”. Sitting next to Guardiola was Vincent Kompany and there was a wonderful moment when the City captain remarked on Sane’s swift return by admitting “a bit longer than I usually take”, in reference to his persistent injury problems. Kompany is likely to be involved against the Swiss champions and has admitted it is now City’s time to finally issue a statement of intent in this competition. The Belgium international knows from painful experience how City have struggled during previous European excursions: his career with the club began in 2008 when City competed in the Uefa League. Last season they were knocked out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage on away goals by Monaco but Kompany believes this year could be different. “We&#39;ve been caught out in Europe on occasions we shouldn&#39;t have but things have changed. If there is a year, a moment when the club is ready to feel at home, then it is now,” he said. “Some clubs never win it, but if every year we can go with this kind of confidence then if not this year or next year, eventually we&#39;ll get there. I&#39;m sure of it. “We are trying to break into a well-established order - Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, - any team who has tried it has failed. First it&#39;s Basel and then getting to the stage where we can measure ourselves against these teams and feel like we can beat them.&quot; City will face an Basel team who embarrassed Manchester United in the group stages, while they also recorded an impressive 5-0 home victory over Benfica. The Swiss team have been league winners eight times in a row but manager Raphael Wicky is acutely aware that his side face a daunting task. “I think the team has no weaknesses, they show that every three days in all competitions,” he said. “They are a very flexible team and are able to react very well to the opposition. We don&#39;t have to talk about the quality of the opponents or the coach. “If we fight in such competitions, we need a perfect night, with a lot of courage, emotion, and the fans have to be there, for us to stage a surprise. “We have the belief that we can do it, but there is no great tactical plan behind it.”
Leroy Sane returns to Man City squad for Champions League trip to Basel
Pep Guardiola has revealed Leroy Sane is returning to boost Manchester City’s Champions League mission, just over two weeks since suffering ankle ligament damage. Sane has flown out with City’s squad to Basel for the round of 16 tie and could even start at St. Jakob-Park as City return to European competition. It was initially feared that the Germany international could be sidelined until late March after he was the victim of a dreadful challenge from Cardiff defender Joe Bennett in the FA Cup tie between the two clubs last month. The tackle infuriated Guardiola and sparked off an angry tirade from the City manager over the standard of refereeing and absence of protection for his players. But Sane has only missed Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion, Burnley and Leicester and has made himself available as Guardiola pursues the quadruple. David Silva is also back from injury Credit: Action Images David Silva and Fabian Delph are also in City’s squad, after returning from injuries, but it is the swift return of Sane that has stunned Guardiola. If the winger does appear against FC Basel, it will ensure he has returned five weeks ahead of schedule. Guardiola said: "I'm surprised but he has worked a lot. I couldn’t expect it with a young guy, to be so professional. “He's not in perfect condition but he has run a lot and he wants to help us. He is with us and that's good news. They have done a good job, both the physio’s and himself.” When asked if Sane could start, Guardiola smiled and replied simply: “He’s young”. Sitting next to Guardiola was Vincent Kompany and there was a wonderful moment when the City captain remarked on Sane’s swift return by admitting “a bit longer than I usually take”, in reference to his persistent injury problems. Kompany is likely to be involved against the Swiss champions and has admitted it is now City’s time to finally issue a statement of intent in this competition. The Belgium international knows from painful experience how City have struggled during previous European excursions: his career with the club began in 2008 when City competed in the Uefa League. Last season they were knocked out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage on away goals by Monaco but Kompany believes this year could be different. “We've been caught out in Europe on occasions we shouldn't have but things have changed. If there is a year, a moment when the club is ready to feel at home, then it is now,” he said. “Some clubs never win it, but if every year we can go with this kind of confidence then if not this year or next year, eventually we'll get there. I'm sure of it. “We are trying to break into a well-established order - Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, - any team who has tried it has failed. First it's Basel and then getting to the stage where we can measure ourselves against these teams and feel like we can beat them." City will face an Basel team who embarrassed Manchester United in the group stages, while they also recorded an impressive 5-0 home victory over Benfica. The Swiss team have been league winners eight times in a row but manager Raphael Wicky is acutely aware that his side face a daunting task. “I think the team has no weaknesses, they show that every three days in all competitions,” he said. “They are a very flexible team and are able to react very well to the opposition. We don't have to talk about the quality of the opponents or the coach. “If we fight in such competitions, we need a perfect night, with a lot of courage, emotion, and the fans have to be there, for us to stage a surprise. “We have the belief that we can do it, but there is no great tactical plan behind it.”
Pep Guardiola has revealed Leroy Sane is returning to boost Manchester City’s Champions League mission, just over two weeks since suffering ankle ligament damage. Sane has flown out with City’s squad to Basel for the round of 16 tie and could even start at St. Jakob-Park as City return to European competition. It was initially feared that the Germany international could be sidelined until late March after he was the victim of a dreadful challenge from Cardiff defender Joe Bennett in the FA Cup tie between the two clubs last month. The tackle infuriated Guardiola and sparked off an angry tirade from the City manager over the standard of refereeing and absence of protection for his players. But Sane has only missed Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion, Burnley and Leicester and has made himself available as Guardiola pursues the quadruple. David Silva is also back from injury Credit: Action Images David Silva and Fabian Delph are also in City’s squad, after returning from injuries, but it is the swift return of Sane that has stunned Guardiola. If the winger does appear against FC Basel, it will ensure he has returned five weeks ahead of schedule. Guardiola said: &quot;I&#39;m surprised but he has worked a lot. I couldn’t expect it with a young guy, to be so professional. “He&#39;s not in perfect condition but he has run a lot and he wants to help us. He is with us and that&#39;s good news. They have done a good job, both the physio’s and himself.” When asked if Sane could start, Guardiola smiled and replied simply: “He’s young”. Sitting next to Guardiola was Vincent Kompany and there was a wonderful moment when the City captain remarked on Sane’s swift return by admitting “a bit longer than I usually take”, in reference to his persistent injury problems. Kompany is likely to be involved against the Swiss champions and has admitted it is now City’s time to finally issue a statement of intent in this competition. The Belgium international knows from painful experience how City have struggled during previous European excursions: his career with the club began in 2008 when City competed in the Uefa League. Last season they were knocked out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage on away goals by Monaco but Kompany believes this year could be different. “We&#39;ve been caught out in Europe on occasions we shouldn&#39;t have but things have changed. If there is a year, a moment when the club is ready to feel at home, then it is now,” he said. “Some clubs never win it, but if every year we can go with this kind of confidence then if not this year or next year, eventually we&#39;ll get there. I&#39;m sure of it. “We are trying to break into a well-established order - Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, - any team who has tried it has failed. First it&#39;s Basel and then getting to the stage where we can measure ourselves against these teams and feel like we can beat them.&quot; City will face an Basel team who embarrassed Manchester United in the group stages, while they also recorded an impressive 5-0 home victory over Benfica. The Swiss team have been league winners eight times in a row but manager Raphael Wicky is acutely aware that his side face a daunting task. “I think the team has no weaknesses, they show that every three days in all competitions,” he said. “They are a very flexible team and are able to react very well to the opposition. We don&#39;t have to talk about the quality of the opponents or the coach. “If we fight in such competitions, we need a perfect night, with a lot of courage, emotion, and the fans have to be there, for us to stage a surprise. “We have the belief that we can do it, but there is no great tactical plan behind it.”
Leroy Sane returns to Man City squad for Champions League trip to Basel
Pep Guardiola has revealed Leroy Sane is returning to boost Manchester City’s Champions League mission, just over two weeks since suffering ankle ligament damage. Sane has flown out with City’s squad to Basel for the round of 16 tie and could even start at St. Jakob-Park as City return to European competition. It was initially feared that the Germany international could be sidelined until late March after he was the victim of a dreadful challenge from Cardiff defender Joe Bennett in the FA Cup tie between the two clubs last month. The tackle infuriated Guardiola and sparked off an angry tirade from the City manager over the standard of refereeing and absence of protection for his players. But Sane has only missed Premier League games against West Bromwich Albion, Burnley and Leicester and has made himself available as Guardiola pursues the quadruple. David Silva is also back from injury Credit: Action Images David Silva and Fabian Delph are also in City’s squad, after returning from injuries, but it is the swift return of Sane that has stunned Guardiola. If the winger does appear against FC Basel, it will ensure he has returned five weeks ahead of schedule. Guardiola said: "I'm surprised but he has worked a lot. I couldn’t expect it with a young guy, to be so professional. “He's not in perfect condition but he has run a lot and he wants to help us. He is with us and that's good news. They have done a good job, both the physio’s and himself.” When asked if Sane could start, Guardiola smiled and replied simply: “He’s young”. Sitting next to Guardiola was Vincent Kompany and there was a wonderful moment when the City captain remarked on Sane’s swift return by admitting “a bit longer than I usually take”, in reference to his persistent injury problems. Kompany is likely to be involved against the Swiss champions and has admitted it is now City’s time to finally issue a statement of intent in this competition. The Belgium international knows from painful experience how City have struggled during previous European excursions: his career with the club began in 2008 when City competed in the Uefa League. Last season they were knocked out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage on away goals by Monaco but Kompany believes this year could be different. “We've been caught out in Europe on occasions we shouldn't have but things have changed. If there is a year, a moment when the club is ready to feel at home, then it is now,” he said. “Some clubs never win it, but if every year we can go with this kind of confidence then if not this year or next year, eventually we'll get there. I'm sure of it. “We are trying to break into a well-established order - Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, - any team who has tried it has failed. First it's Basel and then getting to the stage where we can measure ourselves against these teams and feel like we can beat them." City will face an Basel team who embarrassed Manchester United in the group stages, while they also recorded an impressive 5-0 home victory over Benfica. The Swiss team have been league winners eight times in a row but manager Raphael Wicky is acutely aware that his side face a daunting task. “I think the team has no weaknesses, they show that every three days in all competitions,” he said. “They are a very flexible team and are able to react very well to the opposition. We don't have to talk about the quality of the opponents or the coach. “If we fight in such competitions, we need a perfect night, with a lot of courage, emotion, and the fans have to be there, for us to stage a surprise. “We have the belief that we can do it, but there is no great tactical plan behind it.”
<p>The lengthy layoff in between the Champions League group stage and knockout rounds is finally over, and the road to the final in Kiev is about to get kick-started into high gear, <a href="https://www.si.com/soccer/2018/02/12/everything-you-need-know-about-weeks-champions-league-game-nights" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:with four round-of-16 first legs this week" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">with four round-of-16 first legs this week</a> followed by four more next week.</p><p>Since December&#39;s final group game, plenty has changed. A supremely active winter transfer window featured a bevy superstars changing teams–though not all are eligible for European competition with their new sides due to being cup-tied (i.e. Philippe Coutinho swapping Liverpool for Barcelona). League races are largely settled across Europe&#39;s top five, save for Italy, and two-time reigning champion Real Madrid&#39;s form has bottomed out, though it recently has shown glimpses of getting back to itself, at least in the attack. </p><p>So how will the round play out, and which teams will be advancing to the quarterfinals? Here are our picks:</p><h3><strong>Chelsea vs. Barcelona</strong></h3><p><strong>First Leg: February 20 at Chelsea | Second Leg: March 14 at Barcelona</strong></p><p>This could not come at a worse time for Chelsea. The club received a Monday reprieve at home in a 3-0 win over last-place West Brom, but even so, after consecutive losses to Bournemouth and Watford and a League Cup semifinal ouster at the hands of Arsenal, the Blues are certainly not trending in the right direction. Factor in Alvaro Morata&#39;s wonky back, and Chelsea&#39;s attacking woes continue to pile up. That&#39;s an issue, because it&#39;s going to take goals to topple Barcelona. Coutinho may be ineligible due to his previous play for Liverpool in the competition, but Luis Suarez is finding his top form, Lionel Messi is Lionel Messi, and the Blaugrana have every reason to believe they&#39;ll coast. Yes, Messi has never scored in his career against Chelsea (yet), and the Blues have that heroic 2011-12 semifinal performance to look to for inspiration, but this shouldn&#39;t be a close call.</p><p><em>Prediction: Barcelona advances on a 6-1 aggregate </em></p><h3><strong>Basel vs. Manchester City</strong></h3><p><strong>First Leg: February 13 at Basel | Second Leg: March 7 at Manchester City</strong></p><p>On paper, this is the most lopsided matchup of the bunch, and one would expect it to play out like that, too. That&#39;s not to take anything away from Basel, which has had its moments against English competition–most notably against City&#39;s rival Man United–but Pep Guardiola&#39;s side, even without the injured Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, is as well-oiled a machine as there is on the continent. With Kevin De Bruyne hitting new heights and Sergio Aguero doing just fine in taking on the scoring load, this has the potential to get real ugly.</p><p><em>Prediction: Manchester City advances on a 7-2 aggregate.</em></p><h3><strong>Juventus vs. Tottenham</strong></h3><p><strong>First Leg: February 13 at Juventus | Second Leg: March 7 at Tottenham</strong></p><p>Strength meet?s strength as Juventus puts its remarkable defensive record on the line against Harry Kane-led Tottenham. It&#39;s all about the first leg for Tottenham, which won&#39;t be daunted by the task of playing Juventus after topping Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in a brutal group. Get an away goal, and there&#39;s plenty to be confident about for the second leg at Wembley. That&#39;s easier said than done, though. Starting with Juventus&#39;s 0-0 draw with Barcelona to close the group stage, the club has posted a clean sheet in 15 of its last 16 matches. Kane will be a marked man, meaning someone else–paging Dele Alli of 2016-17!–will need to provide the spark to break through against the Bianconeri. </p><p><em>Prediction: Juventus advances on a 2-1 aggregate</em></p><p>?</p><h3><strong>Real Madrid vs. PSG</strong></h3><p><strong>First Leg: February 14 at Real Madrid | Second Leg: March 6 at PSG</strong></p><p>Unfortunately, this is not a semifinal. The two high-priced, high-powered sides square off in the last 16, with Real Madrid paying the price for finishing second in its group. Of course, that didn&#39;t matter last season, when Real won its second straight UCL title, but this year&#39;s team is considerably different, less deep and has endured unexpected struggles. Now is not the time to be facing Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani &#38; Co., and given Real&#39;s defensive struggles of late (multiple goals conceded in three of its last five matches in all competitions, two clean sheets in 10 matches since the turn of the new year), the first leg at the Bernabeu has do-or-die written all over it. The success of PSG&#39;s season depends on how it fares in Europe, while the Champions League is all Real Madrid truly has left to play for in an otherwise lost campaign. On top of all of that, Zinedine Zidane and Unai Emery could both be managing for their futures. Rarely do you see such high-stakes urgency in the round of 16.</p><p><em>Prediction: PSG advances on a 5-4 aggregate</em></p><h3>?<strong>Bayern Munich vs. Besiktas</strong></h3><p><strong>First Leg: February 20 at Bayern Munich | Second Leg: March 14 at Besiktas</strong></p><p>?Besiktas was one of the surprise standout clubs of the group stage, rolling through a tricky foursome involving Monaco, RB Leipzig and Porto to coast to first place. Then, it promptly handicapped itself by selling star striker Cenk Tosun to Everton. Would it have mattered vs. Bayern Munich? That&#39;s debatable, but ever since Jupp Heynckes retook the reigns at Bayern, the German power has done what it does best and pummel opponents (it&#39;s 21-1-0 since Heynckes replaced Carlo Ancelotti, including a statement win over PSG), and Besiktas will be hard-pressed to continue its impressive run through the competition.</p><p><em>Prediction: Bayern Munich advances on a 5-2 aggregate</em></p><h3>?<strong>Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Roma</strong></h3><p><strong>First Leg: February 21 at Shakhtar Donetsk | Second Leg: March 13 at Roma</strong></p><p>If there&#39;s a true surprise in the round, this could be it. Shakhtar acquitted itself wonderfully in a group that featured Manchester City and Napoli, edging the Serie A leader to go through in second place. Its reward was a draw with Roma, which has fallen way off the pace in Italy and sits in fourth after a stellar start to the season. It sold Emerson Palmieri to Chelsea, has combated disciplinary issues with a pair of key players and now has to face a potentially explosive team–albeit one in the middle of its domestic break. Shakhtar typically features stars who go onto big transfers, and in Brazilians Fred and Bernard and Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra, the Ukrainian side has more than enough to compete.</p><p><em>Prediction: Shakhtar Donetsk advances on a 4-3 aggregate</em></p><p>?</p><h3><strong>Porto vs. Liverpool</strong></h3><p><strong>First Leg: February 14 at Porto | Second Leg: March 6 at Liverpool</strong></p><p>One thing is for sure with Liverpool in this season&#39;s Champions League: There will be excitement. The Reds featured in a match in which they blew a 3-0 lead and two more in which they dropped seven goals on the opposition. With Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane at the wheel, no defense is safe. But Liverpool&#39;s defense hasn&#39;t exactly been the definition of &quot;safe,&quot; either, and this is where Virgil Van Dijk can earn his money. The Dutch center back will make his Champions League debut with the task of slowing Porto&#39;s prolific trident of Vincent Aboubakar, Moussa Marega and Yacine Brahimi, and opening the series at the Estadio Do Dragão is no easy task. Expect plenty of goals.</p><p><em>Prediction: Liverpool advances on a 6-4 aggregate</em></p><h3><strong>Sevilla vs. Manchester United</strong></h3><p><strong>First Leg: February 21 at Sevilla | Second Leg: March 13 at Manchester United</strong></p><p>Manchester United has been wildly inconsistent recently, and despite bolstering its attack with the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez, the goals haven&#39;t exactly followed. Sevilla, meanwhile, is riding the high of reaching the Copa del Rey final and gets to host the opening leg at the Pizjuan, which can be a house of horrors for the opposition. You&#39;d expect Jose Mourinho to cobble together a conservative, defensive plan to take the air out of the crowd and silence the likes of Wissam Ben Yedder to see out the road leg before going for the win at home in the first meeting ever between the two clubs. </p><p><em>Prediction: Manchester United advances on a 2-1 aggregate</em></p>
Champions League Round of 16 Predictions: Who Will Reach the Quarterfinals?

The lengthy layoff in between the Champions League group stage and knockout rounds is finally over, and the road to the final in Kiev is about to get kick-started into high gear, with four round-of-16 first legs this week followed by four more next week.

Since December's final group game, plenty has changed. A supremely active winter transfer window featured a bevy superstars changing teams–though not all are eligible for European competition with their new sides due to being cup-tied (i.e. Philippe Coutinho swapping Liverpool for Barcelona). League races are largely settled across Europe's top five, save for Italy, and two-time reigning champion Real Madrid's form has bottomed out, though it recently has shown glimpses of getting back to itself, at least in the attack.

So how will the round play out, and which teams will be advancing to the quarterfinals? Here are our picks:

Chelsea vs. Barcelona

First Leg: February 20 at Chelsea | Second Leg: March 14 at Barcelona

This could not come at a worse time for Chelsea. The club received a Monday reprieve at home in a 3-0 win over last-place West Brom, but even so, after consecutive losses to Bournemouth and Watford and a League Cup semifinal ouster at the hands of Arsenal, the Blues are certainly not trending in the right direction. Factor in Alvaro Morata's wonky back, and Chelsea's attacking woes continue to pile up. That's an issue, because it's going to take goals to topple Barcelona. Coutinho may be ineligible due to his previous play for Liverpool in the competition, but Luis Suarez is finding his top form, Lionel Messi is Lionel Messi, and the Blaugrana have every reason to believe they'll coast. Yes, Messi has never scored in his career against Chelsea (yet), and the Blues have that heroic 2011-12 semifinal performance to look to for inspiration, but this shouldn't be a close call.

Prediction: Barcelona advances on a 6-1 aggregate

Basel vs. Manchester City

First Leg: February 13 at Basel | Second Leg: March 7 at Manchester City

On paper, this is the most lopsided matchup of the bunch, and one would expect it to play out like that, too. That's not to take anything away from Basel, which has had its moments against English competition–most notably against City's rival Man United–but Pep Guardiola's side, even without the injured Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, is as well-oiled a machine as there is on the continent. With Kevin De Bruyne hitting new heights and Sergio Aguero doing just fine in taking on the scoring load, this has the potential to get real ugly.

Prediction: Manchester City advances on a 7-2 aggregate.

Juventus vs. Tottenham

First Leg: February 13 at Juventus | Second Leg: March 7 at Tottenham

Strength meet?s strength as Juventus puts its remarkable defensive record on the line against Harry Kane-led Tottenham. It's all about the first leg for Tottenham, which won't be daunted by the task of playing Juventus after topping Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in a brutal group. Get an away goal, and there's plenty to be confident about for the second leg at Wembley. That's easier said than done, though. Starting with Juventus's 0-0 draw with Barcelona to close the group stage, the club has posted a clean sheet in 15 of its last 16 matches. Kane will be a marked man, meaning someone else–paging Dele Alli of 2016-17!–will need to provide the spark to break through against the Bianconeri.

Prediction: Juventus advances on a 2-1 aggregate

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Real Madrid vs. PSG

First Leg: February 14 at Real Madrid | Second Leg: March 6 at PSG

Unfortunately, this is not a semifinal. The two high-priced, high-powered sides square off in the last 16, with Real Madrid paying the price for finishing second in its group. Of course, that didn't matter last season, when Real won its second straight UCL title, but this year's team is considerably different, less deep and has endured unexpected struggles. Now is not the time to be facing Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani & Co., and given Real's defensive struggles of late (multiple goals conceded in three of its last five matches in all competitions, two clean sheets in 10 matches since the turn of the new year), the first leg at the Bernabeu has do-or-die written all over it. The success of PSG's season depends on how it fares in Europe, while the Champions League is all Real Madrid truly has left to play for in an otherwise lost campaign. On top of all of that, Zinedine Zidane and Unai Emery could both be managing for their futures. Rarely do you see such high-stakes urgency in the round of 16.

Prediction: PSG advances on a 5-4 aggregate

?Bayern Munich vs. Besiktas

First Leg: February 20 at Bayern Munich | Second Leg: March 14 at Besiktas

?Besiktas was one of the surprise standout clubs of the group stage, rolling through a tricky foursome involving Monaco, RB Leipzig and Porto to coast to first place. Then, it promptly handicapped itself by selling star striker Cenk Tosun to Everton. Would it have mattered vs. Bayern Munich? That's debatable, but ever since Jupp Heynckes retook the reigns at Bayern, the German power has done what it does best and pummel opponents (it's 21-1-0 since Heynckes replaced Carlo Ancelotti, including a statement win over PSG), and Besiktas will be hard-pressed to continue its impressive run through the competition.

Prediction: Bayern Munich advances on a 5-2 aggregate

?Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Roma

First Leg: February 21 at Shakhtar Donetsk | Second Leg: March 13 at Roma

If there's a true surprise in the round, this could be it. Shakhtar acquitted itself wonderfully in a group that featured Manchester City and Napoli, edging the Serie A leader to go through in second place. Its reward was a draw with Roma, which has fallen way off the pace in Italy and sits in fourth after a stellar start to the season. It sold Emerson Palmieri to Chelsea, has combated disciplinary issues with a pair of key players and now has to face a potentially explosive team–albeit one in the middle of its domestic break. Shakhtar typically features stars who go onto big transfers, and in Brazilians Fred and Bernard and Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra, the Ukrainian side has more than enough to compete.

Prediction: Shakhtar Donetsk advances on a 4-3 aggregate

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Porto vs. Liverpool

First Leg: February 14 at Porto | Second Leg: March 6 at Liverpool

One thing is for sure with Liverpool in this season's Champions League: There will be excitement. The Reds featured in a match in which they blew a 3-0 lead and two more in which they dropped seven goals on the opposition. With Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane at the wheel, no defense is safe. But Liverpool's defense hasn't exactly been the definition of "safe," either, and this is where Virgil Van Dijk can earn his money. The Dutch center back will make his Champions League debut with the task of slowing Porto's prolific trident of Vincent Aboubakar, Moussa Marega and Yacine Brahimi, and opening the series at the Estadio Do Dragão is no easy task. Expect plenty of goals.

Prediction: Liverpool advances on a 6-4 aggregate

Sevilla vs. Manchester United

First Leg: February 21 at Sevilla | Second Leg: March 13 at Manchester United

Manchester United has been wildly inconsistent recently, and despite bolstering its attack with the acquisition of Alexis Sanchez, the goals haven't exactly followed. Sevilla, meanwhile, is riding the high of reaching the Copa del Rey final and gets to host the opening leg at the Pizjuan, which can be a house of horrors for the opposition. You'd expect Jose Mourinho to cobble together a conservative, defensive plan to take the air out of the crowd and silence the likes of Wissam Ben Yedder to see out the road leg before going for the win at home in the first meeting ever between the two clubs.

Prediction: Manchester United advances on a 2-1 aggregate

Die UEFA Champions League startet ins neue Jahr und hat im Achtelfinale ein paar echte Kracher zu bieten. Neben dem Duell der Bayern mit Besiktas stehen die Kracher Real Madrid gegen Paris Saint-Germain und FC Barcelona gegen FC Chelsea im Blickpunkt. Bei SPOX findet ihr alle Infos zu den Partien und den Terminen im Achtelfinale der Königsklasse.
Champions League: Champions League: Das Achtelfinale in der Übersicht
Die UEFA Champions League startet ins neue Jahr und hat im Achtelfinale ein paar echte Kracher zu bieten. Neben dem Duell der Bayern mit Besiktas stehen die Kracher Real Madrid gegen Paris Saint-Germain und FC Barcelona gegen FC Chelsea im Blickpunkt. Bei SPOX findet ihr alle Infos zu den Partien und den Terminen im Achtelfinale der Königsklasse.

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