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Andrew Robertson has revealed how he retrieved Wednesday’s match ball to prevent Sadio Mane leaving without a deserved memento.
The Liverpool forward bagged an impressive hat-trick as the Reds hammered Porto 5-0 in the first-leg of their last 16 Champions League clash.
Mane responded admirably to his lacklustre run of form with a ruthless attacking display alongside a devastating Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
Robertson refused to let a landmark night for the Senegalese forward defy convention as he hunted down the traditional reward for any treble-scoring player.
“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,” the Scottish international told Liverpoolfc.
“Mo and Bobby have stolen the headlines in the last couple of weeks. But Sadio is on my side [of the pitch] and he is a workhouse, he works so hard. He took the limelight and got his three goals.”
Robertson himself earned the plaudits for another standout performance at left-back to maintain his sparkling run of form.
The summer signing from Hull City has been a surprise package after slotting into the starting lineup after Alberto Moreno’s injury in early December.
Having been left a frustrated figure on the sidelines due to Moreno’s early season form, Robertson has since taken full advantage of his extended spell in the team and ensured the Spaniard faces a tough battle to regain his place.
Recent weeks have seen the 23-year-old surface as a leading figure in injecting Jurgen Klopp’s desired intensity and work ethic, not to mention adding greater defensive stability.
Between Robertson and Mane, Liverpool have an explosive partnership to exploit on the left-hand side.