Jürgen Klopp hailed Sadio Mané for giving “the right answer” to questions on his kind by hitting a hat-trick in Liverpool’s 5-0 Champions League last-16 thrashing of Porto.

Mané had simply two targets in his final 12 appearances earlier than goalkeeper Jose Sa’s fumble led to him opening the scoring on the Estadio do Dragao. 

The Senegalese added to his first of the night time with a close-range end within the second half, then capped off Liverpool’s night time spectacularly with a thunderous effort from vary 5 minutes from time.

Mané’s type of late has paled compared to that of team-mates Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah – who scored Liverpool’s different two targets on the night time – however Klopp believes the 25-year-old’s hat-trick indicators a return to kind.

“He gave the right answer. I said to him after the last game [Sunday’s 2-0 win at Southampton] when we met on the pitch: ‘Finally, you are back.’ Tonight he showed it again.” 

The Liverpool supervisor added: “He was all the time necessary, he was all the time unbelievable for us even in his ‘not that good’ moments. That’s actual high quality. 

“If you aren’t at 100 per cent however nonetheless concerned in targets that’s actually necessary. Then it’ll come, when you maintain working actually exhausting like he did. 

“The first was a little lucky, but the other two – the second one was about being in the right place and he used his fantastic skills on the third one so it’s good, really good. I’m happy about it.”