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Team-mates deserve the credit, says hat-trick hero

By Carl Markham

Sadio Mane hailed a "team effort" after scoring a hat-trick as Liverpool marked their first Champions League knockout game for nine years with an emphatic victory at Porto.

Mohamed Salah continued his phenomenal run with a 30th of the season as Liverpool won 5-0 to virtually assure themselves a quarter-final place.

Mane was in the right place at the right time to score twice in the first half before rifling home his hat-trick just before the end, to overshadow the exploits of Salah, whose brilliant individual effort made him the second fastest to the 30-goal landmark in the club's history and the quickest for 122 years.

Roberto Firmino also hit the target.

Mane said: "It was important to play as a team and we did, we played great football from the beginning.

"We created so many chances and we scored five. It was well deserved.

"I enjoy to play all the time with great players. Everyone is talking about the three but the team makes it easier.

"Without the team we are nothing and they do a great job behind and we are the lucky boys who score all the time."

Liverpool's win was the joint biggest away Champions League knockout victory, equaling Bayern Munich's 5-0 win at Sporting in February 2009 and Real Madrid at Schalke in February 2014.

Reds skipper James Milner said: "Sadio Mane does his job and does a great job for the team. People see his flair and the goals that he scores but he does a great job working for the team.

"Porto are a very good side. It's a tough place to come, you could see the crowd and the way they were even at the end.

"We wanted to keep a clean sheet and with the players we have we always have the chance to score an away goal. I thought we could have scored more."

Boss Jurgen Klopp added: "I saw a lot of fantastic performances tonight, a result like this is only possible if they are all spot on.

"I think (Andrew) Robertson played an outstanding game, finally he found his crosses, I thought they were in Scotland or somewhere which was good to see.

"Of course Sadio (Mane) is man of the match but Roberto Firmino's work rate was outstanding again."

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