Maybe it’s something in the Doro River, but whatever it is, whenever Liverpool steps into the old city of Porto they can’t stop scoring.
He was in it again on Tuesday when Mohamed Salah and Roberto Fermino both twice and Sadio Mane once defeated the Portuguese champions 5-1 to seize control of Champions League Group B.
“I don’t really know the secret but maybe we should play our home games here,” said Egyptian striker Salah after Liverpool’s latest humiliation of the two-time European champions.
In the 2019 quarter-finals, Liverpool won 4-1 at the Estadio du Dragau, while the previous season had beaten the last 16 5-0.
No wonder manager Jurgen Klopp is happy with his team’s display, especially in the Premier League against Manchester City this weekend.
“The most important thing in football is the results and it’s a long way off in Porto,” said Klopp, whose team tops the group with six points, two ahead of Spanish champions Atletico Madrid.
“The way we won makes winning even better. In terms of performance, it was good at many moments.”
Central defender and captain Pepe’s injury hampered the Porto warm-up and he looked for sixes and seven against Liverpool’s relentless attack.
He was not helped by the terrific performance of Porto keeper Diego Costa, who was guilty of three goals.
Manager Sergio Concepcion said his team’s defense was not fit for the Champions League match.
“The five goals we’ve conceded are when you’re in a relaxed training session, not when you’re playing in the Champions League,” he said.
“Too many mistakes in the danger zone … everything was bad, but the responsibility is mine.”
Klopp had some sympathy for Concepcion, who was robbed of his main defensive lunch before the kick-off, even without suspended chancellor Ambimba.
And he said he would have to find another level against City on Sunday.
“It always helps, but it doesn’t help alone against the city, we just need more than speed,” Klopp said.
“We need to play better than tonight. It’s clear anyway. It’s going to be a very different game.”