Liverpool’s Champions League hat-trick hero against Porto, Sadio Mane, almost missed out on taking home the match ball but was saved by teammate Andy Robertson.
The Senegalese forward was in superb form for the Reds at the Estadio do Dragao, netting three times alongside goals from in-form duo Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
It is customary for hat-trick scorers to claim the match ball as a souvenir, though one cheeky Porto ball boy tried to deny Mane his prize – until Robertson chased him down.
He told Liverpool’s official website: ‘I had to go running after the ball boy for his ball at the end – he was nearly upset! ‘Luckily, I managed to get it. They were three class finishes from him.
‘Mo and Bobby have stolen the headlines in the last couple of weeks. But Sadio is on my side and he is a workhouse, he works so hard. He took the limelight and got his three goals.’
Liverpool’s 5-0 win in Porto has virtually sealed their progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and they may have their third kit to thank.
When Liverpool have worn the florescent orange number, they have averaged four goals per game – scoring 24 times in six outings – and Robertson thinks he knows the reason why they are so good in their third kit.
The Scotland international joked: ‘Maybe teams think we’re too bright to come near us, maybe we’re doing something to their eyes! This kit has been quite lucky for us – long may it continue.’