FC Porto Vs Liverpool: Five Things We Learned From The Reds' Rousing Champions League Victory

Last Euro game: Jurgen salutes goalkeeping great Iker Casillas Credit: AMA/Getty

At the end, Casillas was ­applauded off by the supporters that remained in Anfield in what might be the 36-year-old’s last Champions League appearance of a career in which he has won it all. 

He did not see much of a right-footed Sadio Mane shot against the inside of a post after 32 minutes in a first half where Porto had very little of the ball.  Klopp made five changes from the team that beat Newcastle United on Saturday including Salah and Virgil van Dijk stood down for places on the bench. 

It was only Adam Lallana’s third start of the season and, after those two spells injured, it would be right to say that the Englishman looks understandably off the pace. Jordan Henderson ended the game ­limping with a dead leg that Klopp says is not serious. A comeback was not expected, but a little bit of risk on Porto’s part in the first half would have made it more of a spectacle. 

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Adam Lallana of Liverpool is fouled by Andre Andre of FC Porto Credit: Getty

Their Cameroon international striker Vincent Aboubakar worked a lonely shift in attack and there was none of the anxiety around ­Anfield that can sometimes contribute to mistakes on such nights. 

By the end of the game, ­Liverpool were pushing for a winning goal and Ings went closest with that header from the Egyptian’s cross. 

Liverpool had not failed to score at home since the draw with West Bromwich Albion on Dec 13, and before that it was that infamous draw with United at Anfield. 

It is hard to imagine the same outcome on Saturday with so much at stake, but for a place in the ­Champions League quarter-finals, this was quite enough.

9:40PM

Full time Liverpool 0 Porto 0

Liverpool through to the quarter-finals 5-0 on aggregate. That'll be the last we see of the mighty Iker Casillas at European level. Congrats to Liverpool, a polite nod to Porto, who regained their self-respect with this.

Our match report will be up shortly. I'll hand you over to Sam Wallace then. Cheers.

Klopp quotes: "Rare to have a game like this in the knock-out stage. Not the intensity. It is hard when you watch a game and you think 'a bit more here, a bit more there'. But the boys worked really hard, the attitude was great. Adam needed a few minutes to get into the game. Ingsy knows he could have scored, and most times he probably would. I don't care [who we get] we have to take it as it comes. I think our captain got a dead leg in the last minute but everybody is okay."

9:38PM

90 mins

Ings plays a good ball that might have capped a good move, but Lallana miscontrols, and that's the end of the attack.

It is also the end of the game. No cherry on the top, but the cake was already baked.

9:33PM

88 mins

Ings has a gilt-edged chance, a cross pin pointed onto his head by Salah, but he should have done better. Casillas claws it out.

9:32PM

87 mins

Salah hunting that goal! He's lurking as a cross come in.

9:29PM

84 mins

Oliverira with an excellent cross, it drops to Óliver Torres, and there's a great dual block from Klavan and, I think, Lovren.

9:27PM

82 mins

Oliverira pings one, gets a deflection off Klavan. Corner. Comes to not a lot.

9:26PM

81 mins

Salah! Bursts down the left, shoots from a narrow angle but that was always a 100-1 shot from there, Iker throws his hat on it.

9:25PM

79 mins

Aboubakar, who is on the way back from injury, started well but has faded. He is taken off. Gonçalo Paciência the man who comes on.

Liverpool also make a change: Klavan comes on for Emre Can.

9:21PM

75 mins

No goal yet for Salah, but a lovely bit of vision and technique for him as he stands the ball up for Milner, who heads it at goal.

9:18PM

73 mins

Mane comes off, Salah comes on. Perhaps he can pinch the goal that will make it EIGHT matches in a row with a goal. Would be a club record I believe.

9:17PM

71 mins

Ah, I think the reason that he is shaken up is because he ran into Matip in his efforts to get away from Milner. Thunk.

9:14PM

69 mins

Milner has tackled Corona, who is down in the area and is either in terrible pain, or quite good at acting that he is in terrible pain.

9:12PM

67 mins

Gomez, to Henderson, Ings with a weak header.

Waris comes off. He is injured, Ricardo comes on instead.

9:08PM

60 mins

Andre Andre's work is done for the night night, and he is taken off in favour of the Sérgio Oliveira. 

Klopp also shuffles his pack, Ings gets an opportunity in favour of Firmino.

Paul Dempsey and Macca, on comms, are having a good game. Chatty, informative, I'm enjoying the commentary. Dempsey got rather a hard time of it on the social medias in the last game I saw him call. Apropos of nothing.

9:05PM

58 mins

Bit of spice in the game now as Firmino and Felipe race for the ball, Felipe slips over and inadvertently makes a brilliant block to stop the shot! Everyone raises his level, and Henderson is rightly booked for a lunge on Corona. That could have really hurt the player, studs up onto the ankle.

9:02PM

57 mins

There's good old Milner, putting it about down the right and looking for a cross. Go on the Assist King!

9:01PM

55 mins

A shot from Porto so high and hopeless that even the coach Sérgio Conceição is laughing...

8:57PM

52 mins

Waris with a run and a shot, Karius down behind it to save, that rouses the Porto fans. It also rouses Aboubakar, who thinks his colleague ought to have passed. 

Had he done so, we might not have had our first SHOT ON TARGET.

8:56PM

48 mins

Liverpool with a nice bright start to the second half, Milner has a crack.

8:50PM

46 mins

Here goes then. STRAP IN

8:33PM

Half time: Liverpool 0 Porto 0

No shots on target, just that nice effort from Sadio Mane that hit the post. Liverpool have the cushion of just the five goals.

Erm, well, DO JOIN US FOR THE SECOND HALF! 

8:32PM

45 mins

There are to be... zero minutes of injury time. "Not much happened in the first half," says Dempsey. "Well, it'll give Lynsey and the boys plenty of time to go through things," agrees Macca, Heh. It has indeed been a low-key affair.

8:28PM

41 mins

Can, through sheer force of will, is trying to bundle his way through a massed Porto defence. He is repelled, eventually.

8:27PM

39 mins

That nice Maxi has a long throw opportunity. It's dealt with pretty easily. Good old fashioned skulldugger is Maxi.

8:24PM

36 mins

Feels like it is only a matter of time, Firmino and Mane are carving these apart with their pace and movement. No shots on target yet, though - for any one on either side, I mean. Not just that pair.

8:21PM

33 mins

Andre Andre is in the book book and misses the next match match. Looping freekick in, Lovren rises above all, heads it over.

8:18PM

30 mins

Mane's hit the post! Lovely strike, old boy Casillas was beaten all ends up, but it rattles the upright. Good work from Moreno to keep the move alive and set it up.

8:14PM

25 mins

Nice play Lallana! And a cross to match, Firmino about to pull the trigger but here's the skipper Felipe with a very fine defensive header. If it wasn't, erm, 0-5, you'd say this was a nicely poised, evenly contested, tight tie.

8:07PM

20 mins

"Nothing too report really," says Steve McManaman.

8:05PM

17 mins

Liverpool get down the right, Can out to Gomez for the  cross, and that's mere inches away from Firmino... but here's Mane! Oooh, poked just wide.

8:00PM

12 mins

It's rather a muted affair so far, with Liverpool probably enjoying the better of it. Aboubakar, the Porto number nine, has had one or two chances to get a gallop up - he's a strong runner who scores plenty, sorely missed by his side in the first leg.

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Ca-nine nil? Liverpool hope to pile on a few more goals for their human and animal fans... Credit: Getty

7:55PM

8 mins

Emre Can gets down the right and produces a lovely cross, the experienced Maxi Pereira chests it back to the keeper.

7:54PM

7 mins

If Porto are going to have a go, we have not really seen it yet. They're playing 4-4-1-1, they've got men back, they are not really pressing or chasing the ball down as such.

7:53PM

5 mins

It's number 20 on number 20 action as Porto's Andre Andre hauls down Liverpool's Adam Lallana.

7:50PM

3 mins

This will, one assumes, be Casillas's last match in European competition.

7:48PM

2 mins

Waris is fouled by Jordan H.

7:48PM

1 mins

There's a tribute to the late Fiorentina captain Davide Astori and now we're playing. It's reds v blue and whites, and it is Liverpool who kick off.

7:43PM

Lovely stuff from BT comms man Dempsey

"Nothing in history to suggest that the tranquility here will be disturbed, animated though that tranquility is."

7:42PM

Shane O'Leary writes

It all went wrong for right-thinking footy enthusiasts at t'Palace last night, so can you reassure me that Der Kloppsters will flash, fluke, stumble and genius their way to decent win this evening?

I mean, if it's going to go Harris over s****band, again, I'll just run a bath and some gin.

I think if Der Kloppsters manage to lose the tie from here, we'll all need some gin. A bathful perhaps.

7:41PM

You have to go back to 1936

to find Liverpool losing 0-5 at Anfield.

7:40PM

Some lovely pictures around tonight

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Bus arrives Credit: Getty
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Fans arrive for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match Credit: Getty

7:29PM

James Milner

who leads the CL assist charts with 7...

"I’m seen as a bit of a work-horse but down the years I’ve created quite a few goals in my career.”

7:28PM

Well done to the young man in Porto nets

Porto No1 Iker Casillas will make his 178th UEFA club competition appearance tonight. ��#UCLpic.twitter.com/zQOeBSPpLu

— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 6, 2018

7:27PM

Darke arts

(this was from the Spurs Rochdale VAR game the other night IIRC)

Poor old Ian Darke is getting so much stick for his commentary here - most of it slightly unfair, on the basis that it's actually Paul Dempsey commentating.

— Adam Hurrey (@FootballCliches) February 28, 2018

7:25PM

Paul Dempsey's hair is not for turning

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Dempsey and Mac-peace Credit: BT Sport

Macca with a nice normal. "Yes, Jurgen has made a couple of changes but that is normal." 

7:21PM

Owen Hargreaves

"Other that Man City, they are the best team to watch. Klopp is building something very special."

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Credit: BT Sport

7:12PM

That first leg

really was an extraordinary result. Porto were unbeaten in 19 games, and had won nine times in 11 matches. Since that pounding, they have won four straight, scoring 15 in the process, including victory over Sporting last time out. Football, eh?

7:11PM

Porto's formation

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Credit: BT Sport

7:08PM

Here is how Liverpool might play

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Credit: BT Sport

7:07PM

Shame that we won't see Mo Salah right away tonight

Shame for BT Sport too, who have done a very nice preview package on him... Still, Klopp wise to rest a few of his main men.

7:06PM

Jobs for the German boys tonight

Referee

Felix Zwayer (GER)

Assistant referees

Thorsten Schiffner (GER)

Marco Achmüller (GER)

Additional assistant referees

Daniel Siebert (GER)

Sascha Stegemann (GER)

Fourth official

Rafael Foltyn (GER)

7:03PM

Ripped it up in style

is the BT Sport verdict of the first leg. 

"Who knows what it will be like?" says Michael Owen. "Porto will be very skeptical and nervous about getting another beating."

7:01PM

Couple of players on a yellow

who will miss the next match if booked.

Alberto Moreno for Liverpool and the superbly named Andre Andre for the visitors.

6:56PM

Porto!

Eis o nosso 11: Casillas; Maxi Pereira, Felipe, Reyes, Diogo Dalot, Óliver, André André, Bruno Costa, Corona, Waris e Aboubakar#FCPorto#LFCFCP#UCLpic.twitter.com/yCv6yev1Km

— FC Porto (@FCPorto) March 6, 2018

Suplentes!

Suplentes: José Sá; Ricardo Pereira, Luís Mata, Otávio, Sérgio Oliveira, Brahimi e Gonçalo Paciência.#FCPorto#LFCFCP#UCL

— FC Porto (@FCPorto) March 6, 2018

6:36PM

A nice Jermaine here

#FCPorto#LFCFCP#UCLpic.twitter.com/C83SJUQDtl

— FC Porto (@FCPorto) March 6, 2018

6:35PM

Here is the Liverpool XI

#UCL team news... https://t.co/5rVaVEyNInpic.twitter.com/LQJiOquhXV

— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 6, 2018

6:34PM

Talking of people missing games because of injury

There is an interesting admission by Der Klopper about Adam Lallana....

“Life is to learn from your mistakes and we all have to learn. Adam, myself and the medical department - we made this mistake. He looked fit but obviously he was not,” said Klopp.

“Maybe two little setbacks, not the biggest setbacks, but in and out, in and out, and that makes no sense. So now we have to build with him. He is coming close. 

“Adam, absolutely was an integral part of the team. And with the competition we have, for Adam it is still usually not a problem for him, because he is important to us. 

We rushed Adam Lallana back too soon, admits Jurgen Klopp

6:30PM

Also this evening

We are blogging the match between PSG and Real Madrid. PSG will have to do the business without Neymar, who is going to have a long spell out.

6:23PM

Good evening all

Tyers here, welcome to our live blog of the Champions League match between Liverpool and Porto. Herr Klopp's team should, surely, be home and hosed in this tie. They won FIVE GOALS TO NIL in Portugal a coupla weeks back, one of the most remarkable results this competition has seen for a wee while, and it will surely take an even more amazing evening for them to be anything other than safely through.

But you never know...

We will have the team news as soon as it comes in.

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Source : https://sports.yahoo.com/liverpool-vs-porto-champions-league-182351848.html

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