Ruthless Liverpool keeps flawless record in UCL group B after a 2-0 win over FC Porto
With a 2-0 win over FC Porto at Anfield on Wednesday evening, Liverpool kept their perfect record in the Uefa Champions League Group B intact.
Ruthless Liverpool keeps flawless record in Uefa Champions League group B after a 2-0 win over FC Porto, going into this game Liverpool had already qualified as Group B winners, but Jurgen Klopp made just four changes from the weekend’s victory against Arsenal and handed a European debut to 19-year-old Tyler Morton.
Pepe, a veteran centre-back for Porto, became only the second Portuguese player after Cristiano Ronaldo to reach 100 appearances in Europe’s premier league this is in contrast to Liverpool that fields young Tyler Morton.
After witnessing his side control the opening exchanges, Otávio squandered a glorious chance 13 minutes in, strangely missing the target with the goal at his mercy, his night was cut short by injury.
Throughout the game, both defences appeared to be lacking in confidence, with Matip inches away from scoring a hilarious own goal before Porto coach Sérgio Conceiço raged as a hatful of Diogo Costa blunders threatened to give the home side the lead.
Thiago Alcântara’s stinging ball tore up Porto’s backline, and Sadio Mané finished with panache, before VAR intervened, calling playback for a minor offside.
Despite the fact that FC Porto’s defensive performance was eerily similar to that, which saw them conceding 16 goals to Klopp’s ‘Reds,’ there was little they could do about the opener, which Alcântara piledrived into the bottom corner from 30 yards.
Liverpool then had a goal disallowed for offside before Mohamed Salah netted his 16th goal in 16 games with a classic finish into the bottom right corner on 70 minutes.
Finally, the home team put in a far better second-half performance, managing the final 20 minutes with the expertise of the substitutes Jurgen Klopp had at his disposal.
The ‘Reds’ extended their unbeaten home-and-away record against Porto to ten games, putting the ‘Drages’ qualifying chances in jeopardy ahead of a dramatic final match against Atlético Madrid.
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He said –“It was good. We could have done better, we could have been calmer in the first half especially with our potential goalscoring situations. We were a bit hectic. It’s not unusual when you put a team together that has not played together all the time.
“But you could see in these situations, the desire of the boys to win the game. Some people may have thought we might have played an easy game, but we’re not here for that. If Anfield is sold out, it means we want to go and that’s what we did.
“We won the game with two exceptional goals, especially Thiago’s – wow.
“So many good things happened tonight individually. Players could get minutes, confidence, rhythm and all these things, nobody got hurt. Our head of rehab gave Milly [James Milner] 15 minutes, and I think he played 12 or 13. Hendo and Robbo came on which is good.
“The right players could be rested. For Trent, I think it’s right that he doesn’t play constantly and for Virgil as well.
“If you are in our squad, you are a good football player. I’ve been long enough in this business that I would not throw a player in the game when I think he is not ready for it.
“With Tyler, some people might have been surprised and he did exceptionally well. He was fit and there was no need to rest him, and I’m really pleased for him that he could put a performance like this in.”
On Saturday, Liverpool hosts Southampton in the Premier League; kick-off is at 3 p.m. Their final Champions League group game will be against AC Milan on Tuesday, December 7th.
On Sunday, Porto will play Vitoria in the Primeira Liga before facing Atletico Madrid in their final Champions League group match.
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SHERIFF TIRASPOL 0
REAL MADRID 3
INTER MILAN 2
SHAKTAR DONESK 0
CLUB BRUGGE 0
RB LEIPZIG 5
AC MILAN 1