Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick and Mohamed Salah continued his phenomenal run with a 30th of the season as Liverpool won 5-0 at Porto to virtually assure themselves a Champions League quarter-final place. "Good, really good, and I am happy about it".
The Senegalese forward slotted in his second as Liverpool completely outclassed their opponents, with Roberto Firmino adding his name to the scoresheet with 20 minutes to play, before Mane's searing strike completed his first European hat-trick.
When asked how he would describe Liverpool's outing in Portugal, Klopp told a news conference: "As a very good one". I think each goal was kind of a victor and that's very important. "But these are two traditional clubs, and my players give me the confidence to think that we can advance".
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When asked asked whether he thought the tie was over, the Reds boss replied: "No of course not, why should I?"
Before the match, Firmino had said: "Coutinho is a great player and when he left that put a greater responsibility on everyone else to perform but it is our job to deal with that responsibility".
"Honestly, it was not an easy game, even though we scored five goals. On one side, you can think "OK, first it's the away game and I think that'll be more hard and we can finish it at Anfield", but on the other side you can also say "OK, if we start at Anfield we can have a good start and then we can finish it in Portugal", he explained.
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"We needed to play as a team and that's what we did", said Mane.
"Then, in an attempt to get out quickly for the attack through the goalkeeper, we lost the ball and the first goal appeared, with some mistakes that cost dearly against teams of this quality".
"We reacted well to going behind but then went two down because we were too passive".
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