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

Jueves, 15 Feb, 2018

"But it's of course very important for us", he told a news conference.

"I know the Champions League has took over now and the money behind it, but to be successful at the clubs you just mentioned is about getting your hands on trophies, absolutely".

Liverpool have since righted the ship and got back on track, but there is the sense that, for all that the progress made under Klopp is evident in the uniqueness and ferocity of the playing style, the German may be running out of learning curves.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised hat-trick hero Sadio Mane and his side's "perfect" performance after they all but booked their place in the Champions League last eight on Wednesday by thumping Porto. He was always important, he was always fantastic for us, even in his not-that-good moments.

"Tonight he showed again what a fantastic player he is". Adrien Rabiot netted the only goal for the visitors.

"The most important thing is that we played as a team, and we did that, we played great football and we created a lot of chances", said the Senegalese international. That's a real quality if you are not 100 percent and still scoring, maybe not that often but involved in goals then that's really important.

"Then they will come if you keep on working really hard like he did then there can be a moment like this. Good, really good, and I am happy about it". Both Liverpool and Spurs have won just a single League Cup over the last decade.

Having beaten the Portuguese outfit 6-2 on aggregate, Liverpool beat Borussia Monchengladbach in the semis, before edging Club Brugge 1-0 in the final thanks to King Kenny.

"We started the game on an even keel".

Liverpool return to the pitch with a Premier League clash against West Ham on Saturday.

Twice European champions Porto sorely missed injured leading scorer Vincent Aboubakar and midfielder Danilo although they began brightly as Otavio saw a shot deflected onto the roof of the net by Dejan Lovren's outstretched leg. It makes Anfield a fortress, a seething cauldron from which few visiting sides emerge with fond memories.