Liverpool brushed aside FC Porto with a thumping 6-1 aggregate victory to set up a Champions League semi-final tie with Spanish champions Barcelona FC.
The Red devils came into the encounter with 2-0 lead from the first leg at Anfield, Mane opened the scoring with a sliding effort – from Salah’s scuffed shot – which was confirmed by VAR.
Meanwhile, Salah struck in a second after the break from a superb counter-attack before Real Madrid-bound defender Eder Militao pulled a goal back for the hosts.
Liverpool reasserted their authority though with close-range headers from Firmino and Van Dijk sealing an impressive victory.
However, Porto had looked capable of capitalising on a sluggish Liverpool start until Mane’s goal swung the momentum of the second leg back in the visitors’ favour.
Liverpool early in the game were the beneficiaries of errant finishing from the home side – with Moussa Marega notably failing to convert any of his five chances in the opening 20 minutes.
The Red devil as Liverpool is fondly called will face Barcelona in the semi-final at the Nou Camp on Tuesday 30 April.
By Olukayode Oniwinde