Klopp praises 'fantastic' Mane

Liverpool Football Club head coach Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on his Senegalese winger Sadio Mane for his prolific performance against Porto in the first leg of the Champions League Round-of-16 fixture.

Mane scored a hat-trick to help his side thrash home club Porto 5-0 and take a healthy aggregate lead before heading to the second leg at the Anifield.

"Tonight he (Sadio Mane) showed again what a fantastic player he is. He was always important, he was always fantastic for us, even in his not-that-good moments," Klopp was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Wednesday.

"That's a real quality if you are not 100 per cent and still scoring, maybe not that often but involved in goals then that's really important," the German tactician added.