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Salah, Firmino shine as Liverpool honour Hunt with Porto rout


By AFP
Published : 29 Sep 2021 09:16 PM | Updated : 30 Sep 2021 05:50 PM

Liverpool paid a fitting tribute to Roger Hunt as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino scored twice in a 5-1 demolition of Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side wore black armbands after former Liverpool striker Hunt died earlier in the day aged 83.

Hunt was part of England's 1966 World Cup-winning side and is Liverpool’s record league goal-scorer with 244 goals.

“Roger Hunt comes second to no-one in his importance in the history of Liverpool FC, that much is clear,” Klopp said.

Liverpool honoured Hunt's memory with a dominant display and some predatory finishing at Estadio do Dragao, aided by three mistakes from hapless Porto keeper Diogo Costa.

Three days after scoring his 100th Premier League goal for Liverpool in the 3-3 draw at Brentford, Egypt forward Salah maintained his blistering start to the season with the first half opener.

Senegal winger Sadio Mane followed with his fourth goal this season and Salah netted again after the interval.

Porto, who drew with Atletico Madrid in their group opener, got one back through Mehdi Taremi.

Firmino punished Costa's third howler to claim Liverpool's fourth and the Brazilian netted again in the closing stages.

“First and foremost the most important thing is the result. It is a massive one away at Porto,” Klopp said.

“Porto started pretty direct and we had struggles again, but we got it sorted on the pitch.

“We scored maybe not the most wonderful goals in the first half, but they were important ones.

“It was a really good night for us. We played wonderful football between the lines. It's a good start to the group.”

After beating AC Milan in their first game, Liverpool sit top of Group B with the maximum six points.

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