Salah and Firmino shine in Liverpool’s thrashing of Porto in the Champions League.


Liverpool paid a fitting homage to Roger Hunt by thrashing Porto 5-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday. Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both scored twice.

After former Liverpool striker Ian Hunt died earlier in the day at the age of 83, Jurgen Klopp’s team wore black armbands.

Hunt was a member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team and has 244 goals for Liverpool in the Premier League.

“There is no one in the history of Liverpool FC who is more important than Roger Hunt,” Klopp stated.

At Estadio do Dragao, Liverpool paid tribute to Hunt with a dominant performance and some predatory finishing, aided by three errors from hapless Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa.

Salah continued his scorching start to the season with the first half opener, three days after netting his 100th Premier League goal for Liverpool in a 3-3 draw at Brentford.

Sadio Mane of Senegal scored his fourth goal of the season, and Salah scored again after the break.

Mehdi Taremi scored for Porto, who drew with Atletico Madrid in their group opener.

Firmino took advantage of Costa’s third blunder to score Liverpool’s fourth goal, and the Brazilian added another in the final seconds.

Liverpool leads Group B with six points after defeating AC Milan in their opening match.

With over 20 minutes remaining, Klopp could afford to pull Salah and Mane off due to Liverpool’s dominance.

It was the ideal warm-up for the Premier League leaders ahead of their critical encounter with Manchester City on Sunday.

Porto lost experienced defender Pepe to an injury sustained during the warm-up, while Otavio limped off in tears after 14 minutes with an apparent hamstring problem.

Liverpool took the lead in the 18th minute when Sergio Conceicao’s team were unable to overcome their troubles.

Curtis Jones, who was at the heart of all of Liverpool’s best moments, made a buccaneering run into the Porto area, and Costa’s stinging shot was clumsily pushed out.

Salah pushed home from almost on the goal-line after it bounced off Zaidu Sanusi.

After Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o, Salah became the third African player to score 30 Champions League goals.

Jordan Henderson, who was making his 400th appearance for Liverpool, put Costa to the test with a thunderous shot that the Porto goalkeeper deflected over.

Costa, however, was once again to blame as Liverpool extended their lead in the 45th minute.

Milner sent a low cross into the six-yard box, and Costa, for some reason, tucked his arms behind his back, allowing Mane to tap in at the far post.

Salah put the game out of reach on the hour, collecting Jones’ ball in stride and shooting past Costa from 12 yards.

Salah’s eighth goal of the season gave him a total of eight goals in Liverpool’s eight games this season.

Liverpool’s slip was punished by Taremi’s diving header in the 75th minute.

Liverpool’s fourth goal came two minutes later, as Costa rambled out of his penalty area in an attempt to reach Jones’ ball, allowing Firmino to score a 40-yard strike into an empty net. Firmino completed his cameo in the 81st minute with his second goal, a clever finish after Jones’ attempt bounced to him.