Liverpool eased past Porto with a 5-0 win to all but ensure their place in he last eight of the Champions League.
Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick while Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were also on target in Portugal.
Here Paul Gorst runs his eye over the Reds’ showing.
Well protected by his defence, especially at set-pieces. Handled crosses calmly, made a couple of routine saves and distribution was solid. 7
Given a few early tests by the pace of Brahimi but soon won that arm-wrestle. With Porto offering so little forward threat, was able to crack on upfield for much of the second half. 7
Virgil van Dijk
A few nervy moments in the first 15 minutes, especially when bailed out by Lovren’s block, but soon grew into the game highlighted but some good long-range passing. One vital touch prevented a Porto goal before the break. 8
Barely a foot wrong from the Croatian, justifying his selection ahead of Matip. His interception of Jose Sa’s throw sparked Liverpool’s opener, and has staked his claim to be Van Dijk’s regular partner. 8
More defence-minded than usual during the early stages, but like Alexander-Arnold was soon able to threaten at the other end with some wicked crosses. Incredible to think this was his Champions League debut. 8
Kept things simple by setting the tempo in the opening 20 minutes, where his defensive work prevented an early Porto tide amounting to more than a mild ripple. 7
An evening made for the Englishman, helping the visitors seize control and superb with the run that ended with the shot that prompted Liverpool’s second. Later assisted the fourth. Great work. 8
On the periphery early on but his persistence created the first goal and jolted him into life, the Dutchman then part of a Liverpool midfield that completely bossed proceedings. 8
Made the wrong choice when presented with one early opportunity but didn’t make the same mistake when offered another. So calm and composed, that’s 30 for the season now. Worked incredibly hard, and Porto simply had absolutely no answer to his brilliance. 9
Even during a quiet game compared to his strike partners, barely wasted a pass, hounding the Porto defence to distraction, produced another tasty backheel in the build-up to the third and scored the fourth. 8
A little wayward in the early stages but his opener underlined he’s a player who makes things happen. His second ended a devastating breakaway and his hat-trick goal was all his own work. Welcome back, Sadio. 9
Joel Matip (for Henderson 75)
Brought on to shore up an under-pressure back line, said nobody ever. 7
Joe Gomez (for Alexander-Arnold 79)
A run-out to prove his fitness. 5
Danny Ings (for Firmino 80)
No time to make an impact. 5
Source : DailyPost