Sadio Mané was in sublime form against Porto on Valentine’s Day as the Senegal attacker scored a hattrick, prompting him to say Liverpool are lucky to score so many goals so often.
When Porto goalkeeper José de Sá fumbled Mané’s shot and the ball squirmed into the back of the net, it seemed like little more than a fortuitous slice of luck coming Liverpool’s way in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
But, with the former Southampton winger scoring another two goals on the night to claim the match ball, it quickly became clear that Mané is reigniting the form which made him so important for Jürgen Klopp last season.
Since the turn of the year, the no.19 has been really low on confidence and has left the bulk of the goalscoring to Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
“I’m always pleased to play with these great players,” he told BT Sport.
“Everybody talks about us three, but our teammates make it easier for us. Without the team we are nothing, they do a great job behind us. We’re lucky boys that we score all the time.
“Honestly, it was not an easy game, even though we scored five goals. The most important thing was to play as a team – and we did it.
“We played great football from the beginning until the end. We created so many chances and scored five, so it was deserved.”
When asked about which of his three goals on the night was his favourite, Mané said that the goal to clinch the hattrick, a 20 yard bolt, was nice.
“It was a nice strike,” he added.
After scoring three in Portugal to essentially secure passage for Liverpool to the quarter finals of the Champions League, Mané takes his total for the season to 12 with a tidy 7 assists to go along with his own scoring habits.