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Andrew Robertson had to chase down the ball boy to make sure Sadio Mane got the match ball

Robertson loves closing down players but he took it to the next level to make sure Mane went home with his hat-trick ball

There are probably a lot of tears in a household in Porto tonight.

One lucky ball thought he had his hands on a prized Champions League match ball, especially after watching his team get thrashed by a dazzling Liverpool side.

That was until Andrew Robertson chased the ball boy down and took away his special souvenir.

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“Sadio, Ill make sure you take this home”

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“Sadio, Ill make sure you take this home”

The Reds put on a statement performance as they became the first British team in history to score five away goals in a Champions League knockout tie, and send a message to the rest of Europe that Liverpool are a team to fear.

It was pure Jurgen Klopp heavy metal theatre as Liverpool essentially wrapped up a quarter final game with 90 minutes to spare Mohamed Salah scored his 30th goal of the season, Roberto Firmino got in on the act but the best display of the night came from hat-trick hero Sadio Mane.

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Never seen Robertson run faster than when he was chasing the ball boy

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Never seen Robertson run faster than when he was chasing the ball boy

Mane’s treble should have seen him walking away with the match ball as a little reminder of this great night in Porto, however he came very close to missing out only thanks to Robertson’s keen eyes.

The young full back spotted the ball boy leaving with the ball and the highly paid footballer ran over to him to make sure Mane could take it home.

You can’t say he doesn’t love closing down.

“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,” Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com.

Robertson secured a second clean sheet in a week

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Robertson secured a second clean sheet in a week

Liverpool made this Champions League last 16 away trip look ridiculously easy as their front three scythed through a Porto defence that had conceded just one goal in their last six games and hasn’t lost a league match all season.

Not only did they net a record-breaking five times but Klopp, and the fans,  will be pleased that the defence held strong for the second game in a week.

After signing Virgil van Dijk for £75million it looks like the Dutchman is beginning to have an effect on that creaky back line.

With PSG going down at Real Madrid you could be looking at a dark horse to make the final here.