Having already booked their place within the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, Liverpool welcomed Porto to Anfield for his or her fifth Group B fixture on Wednesday night time.
The Reds, who had a 100% win report in Europe going into the sport, had been already assured to complete first of their Champions League group. Second-placed Porto, however, wanted not less than some extent to get themselves into a snug place forward of the ultimate matchday.
Unfortunately, even a much-changed Liverpool facet had been an excessive amount of to deal with for the Portuguese guests, who misplaced 2-0. Despite seeing Sadio Mane’s first-half opener dominated out, Porto failed to collect themselves and placed on a extra respectable present.
The Anfield outfit stored knocking on Porto’s doorways and finally broke the impasse via Thiago Alcantara within the 52nd minute.
Mohamed Salah then joined the social gathering within the seventieth minute, scoring his staff’s second and remaining aim of the night time. Porto tried to bother Liverpool keeper Alisson, however might solely name him into motion as soon as over the course of the match.
The 2-0 win over Porto prolonged Liverpool’s good report within the UEFA Champions League this season.
Below, we’ll check out the 5 players who helped the Reds obtain perfection against Porto on Wednesday:
#5 Joel Matip
With Virgil van Dijk given a much-needed break, Joel Matip began alongside Ibrahima Konate on the coronary heart of the Liverpool protection.
There had been some considerations concerning the skilled defender’s communication abilities, or the dearth thereof, within the first half. But he grew in confidence because the match matured.
Leadership abilities apart, Matip loved a wonderful match. He was commanding within the air, profitable eight aerial tackles, and didn’t let anybody dribble previous him.
Matip additionally registered 4 clearances and three tackles whereas additionally efficiently delivering three lengthy balls.
All in all, it was a formidable outing by the 30-year-old who ought to have acquired a pat on the again by Jurgen Klopp.
#4 Neco Williams
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rested a few of his key players in Wednesday night time’s encounter with FC Porto. First-choice right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was a kind of absentees.
As a consequence, his understudy, Neco Williams, obtained to expertise a magical Champions League night time at Anfield.
The Welshman had the duty of maintaining a lid on Porto’s Luis Diaz. He struggled along with his positioning early on however brushed the discomfort apart quickly sufficient.
He was potent in each assault and protection, efficiently registering 5 dribbles, three tackles and two key passes.