Liverpool continue their run of dominance in Europe brushing aside visitors FC Porto with relative ease.
It was never going to be easy for one of the ‘weakest’ sides remaining in the competition, and the result on Tuesday night made the already difficult task of progressing into the next round nigh on impossible.
Keen on righting the wrongs of the past, the visitors started off the livelier side with forward Moussa Marega testing his aim and firing just wide of the post within two minutes. However, their joy was short-lived, and Liverpool were soon ahead through an unlikely source, Naby Keita, whose shot deflected off the leg of Torres to beat Iker Casillas.
After 22 minutes Mohamed Salah, who appeared to have found his shooting boots late last week, came agonisingly close to doubling the lead after pouncing on a wayward pass in defence, but saw his shot trickle past the far post.
It wasn’t long before Liverpool found their second, however, and following a sumptuous ball from Jordan Henderson that set Alexander-Arnold away down the right, the England full-back served up an unmarked Firmino who easily finished from six yards.
Though Liverpool had a goal ruled out early into the second period, it was Porto who looked the most likely to net; Marega again the protagonist unlucky to find Liverpool’s ‘keeper in top form.
Job done. Jurgen Klopp’s men have one foot in the door.
Though Liverpool had an effort ruled out early in the second period due to a retrospective offside decision, it was Porto who looked the most likely to grab an all-important away goal. Marega, the protagonist again, unlucky to find Alisson in top quality form to not only deny him once but twice.
Late pressure ultimately came to nothing. Advantage Liverpool.
Our ‘unsung hero’ on this occasion has got to be Roberto Firmino.
Fans really find out which of their players are true talents on Champions League night; those who can withstand the pressure, compete against the toughest teams in Europe and religiously provide entertainment. The Brazilian is one of the prestigious few who tick all three boxes.
In typically unselfish fashion, he had the awareness to tee up Naby Keita for Liverpool’s first of the game, after some wonderful control, might we add – just like he had done previously for Jordan Henderson against Southampton in the league.
The Brazilian’s 15th goal of the season, which ultimately put the contest out of reach, means he’s netted in each of his previous three appearances at Anfield.
Liverpool fans, it’s looking likely that you’ll be heading into the next round of the Champions League, but if you had to win one, would you rather claim the European title or the Premier League? Let us know in the comments below…