Champions League: Sadio Mane returns to form for Liverpool with hat-trick



Asked whether his red card had affected him he said: "Yeah, it was not my wish but it happened".

"It's always special when you score and the team wins", Ronaldo said. "Sometimes it can work well and sometimes not but I always try to work hard because it's our job".

"I don't know how to describe it but it can happen to every single player and in my mind I was relaxed that it will change".

The visitors' relentless pressure meant another goal was nearly inevitable, and it arrived when Milner picked out Firmino from a posse of unmarked Liverpool shirts in the centre to slot home his seventh Champions League goal of the campaign.

His confidence seemed to soar and he finished off a characteristic speedy counterattack led by Salah and Firmino for Liverpool's third, before smashing home from outside the area to complete his hat-trick.

"Why not? Of course". Klopp said that, for him, the high point of the game was when they were 2-0 ahead in the first half and Mohamed Salah won the ball back in midfield.

In the last decade, Liverpool and Tottenham both have one silverware each to their name - the League Cup or as we now call it, the Carabao Cup.

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Even before that, between 2005 and 2011, it was a rich spell with Liverpool (2005) and United (2008) winning the ultimate prize while they also featured in other finals along with Arsenal (2006), the Red Devils (2009 and 2011), Chelsea (2008) and the Merseysiders (2007).

"Salah is not a centre forward, I don't think he is a player who can score goals consistently over a period of time".

The game also took place on Valentines Day, although there was definitely no love in the air as a rampant Sadio Mane scored a hattrick to take the game away from the opposition.

"We can make one mistake, that is how it is in life".

"We've got another game to go so after that we'll look forward, but for the time being it's the next game [against West Ham] so we'll move on and learn from it as best we can".

"There's no greed in the team, there's nobody who is selfish".

"They need better all-round players", the former Kop star added. "We were too passive, usually we are better in the duels". We have to be optimistic for the second leg and keep playing how we have been.

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