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Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their third goal with Virgil van Dijk in the Champions League Group B win over FC Porto at Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their third goal with Virgil van Dijk in the Champions League Group B win over FC Porto at Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring their third goal with Virgil van Dijk in the Champions League Group B win over FC Porto at Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool sent out a real message of intent as they continued their remarkable run of scoring form against Porto in Portugal.

Liverpool swept aside Porto in the Estadio do Dragao for the third-successive time as a 5-1 victory put them two points clear in their Champions League group.

Klopp’s side have scored 14 times in their last three visits and his deadly duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have been responsible for nine of them.

It is a record of which former Liverpool striker Roger Hunt, whose death was announced earlier in the day, would have approved.

Salah scored twice and Mane once before Roberto Firmino, a late substitute, scored twice inside five minutes as the man he replaced – Diogo Jota – was the one to miss out against his former club.

Porto’s last defeat had been in April’s quarter-final to eventual champions Chelsea but there was no halting Liverpool’s impressive record in this stadium.

Few can stop Salah this season – only Burnley have kept him out – and a sixth-successive scoring game brought up his 30th and 31st Champions League goals, going past Samuel Eto’o as the competition’s second-highest scoring African player after Didier Drogba (44).

"First and foremost the most important thing is the result. It is a massive one away at Porto. Winning, and the way we won, makes it better," said Klopp.

"It was good in lots of moments. We could see Porto watched our last game at Brentford. They started direct. I wanted to get it sorted on the pitch and that’s what we did step-by-step.

"We scored maybe not the most amazing goals but important ones in the first half. In the second-half we controlled the game. Porto had massive problems. One centre-half out with a red card and the other, Pepe, not being able to play before the game. We could use that.

"We played wonderful football between the lines, we lost the ball in a situation we should not have. Defensively we played a super game. Goals happen so I am not too concerned.

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"I am happy that Diogo Jota didn’t score, he keeps the goals for games we need them. We did not need his goals in the end tonight.

"It was a really good night for us. After the international break we play Atletico Madrid so we will see what the boys coming back are like. It is a good start."

Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch told BT Sport that Liverpool may have the best first eleven in English football, despite huge investment from their domestic rivals last summer.

"I look at teams like Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United who have spent money but Liverpool's starting XI is as good as anyone - if not the best," he stated.

"The reason people aren't talking about them is because they haven't gone out and spent money on a big player like Romelu Lukaku like Chelsea have. But their starting XI is as good as anyone."

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