With two away goals scored, the visitors could have been forgiven for taking a more conservative approach but instead they went for more.
Five-time European champion Liverpool, looking to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2008-09, scored 23 goals in the group stage, but that was before it lost playmaker Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.
In their first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie, Liverpool handed Porto their heaviest European home defeat in the Portuguese club's history, with a result that nearly certainly puts the Reds in the quarterfinals of the competition for the first time since 2009.
Jurgen Klopp's side are the top scorers in this season's competition and they showed all of their attacking prowess as Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino put the tie to bed before the second leg at Anfield. "Finally you are back", is what Klopp told Mane after the game as per Sky Sports. While Liverpool travel to FC Porto.
In this strong league, you can not be third without fantastic players. James Milner hit the bar, but Salah followed with an incredible touch to keep control and volley the ball to himself before putting in his 30th goal in all competitions this season.
Last season, Zinedine Zidane's Real became the first team to retain the Champions League and won La Liga for the first time since 2012. We defended really well from start to finish throughout the whole team and created some good chances.
"Systems are very important but only to bring players in their best positions". "And of course we as a team we will never do that". "Congratulations but hopefully he [Salah] will not stop". Sometimes you forget Trent's age, so it was really, really good tonight. The Reds ran away with it, racking up so many away goals during the road leg that they have now essentially punched their ticket through to the quarterfinals.
"I don't think it matters where you're playing first, you must get a result".
Ronaldo added a fortunate second before Marcelo struck a third just three minutes later, as the holders secured a valuable first-leg lead ahead of the visit to the French capital on March 6.
"If we are in the final then I'll say we will try to win it but that is too far off".