Porto 0 – 5 Liverpool: Klopp Rains Praises On His Fab Three – Mane, Salah, Firmino

Porto 0 – 5 Liverpool: Klopp Rains Praises On His Fab Three – Mane, Salah, Firmino

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, was left impressed on Wednesday night by his three forwards, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, as they all contributed goals when the Reds eased past hosts, Porto in an emphatic 5 – 0 first leg win.

Praising Salah who scored one goal in the win as he continued an impressive first season at Liverpool, Klopp hopes the Egytian will continue his goalscoring ways after his goal against Porto took his tally for the season to 30 goals.

The reigning African footballer of the year became the second fastest to reach 30 goals for Liverpool (36 games), second only to George Allan.

And Klopp hopes there is even more to come from Salah, who has starred since arriving from Roma in the off-season.

“That he plays a good season, I recognise that already. But it’s of course very important for us,” he told a news conference.

“I think each goal was kind of a winner and that’s very important. We spoke about Mo in the last few weeks, completely deserved, but obviously Sadio had his comeback tonight, very good, and Roberto was there again after outstanding work rate again.

“It was good. Ox [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] obviously as well. Congratulations but hopefully he [Salah] will not stop.”

Mane who scored a hat-trick and Firmino who also got only one goal

While Salah has starred, hat-trick hero Mane has been unable to reach top form so far this season, but he showed signs of his best against Porto.

Klopp said he was glad to see Mane, who now has 12 goals this campaign, recapturing some of his best form.

“He gave the right answer. That’s good. I said to him after the last game, ‘finally, you’re back’ immediately after when we talked on the pitch,” he said.

“Tonight he showed it again what a fantastic player he is. He was always important, he was always fantastic for us, even in his not-that-good moments. That’s a real quality if you are not 100 per cent 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.

“The first one was a little bit lucky I think, but then the other two were being in the right place the second one and using your fantastic skills for the last one. Good, really good, and I am happy about it.”

Author: Yemi Olarinre