Second-half objectives by Thiago Alcantara and Mohamed Salah earned a below-strength Liverpool a 2-0 win over Porto to take care of their 100% file in Champions League Group B on Wednesday. Porto, who began the day second within the group behind already-qualified Liverpool, wasted quite a few first-half alternatives and had been made to pay a heavy value.
Their file towards Liverpool now stands at performed 10, drawn three and misplaced seven. Liverpool, with the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson rested, went forward by means of Thiago’s gorgeous low strike within the 52nd minute earlier than Salah made the factors protected with a scientific end within the seventieth.
Juergen Klopp’s aspect have a most 15 factors from their 5 matches and matched a exceptional file as they turned the primary English membership to attain two objectives in 16 successive video games in all competitions since Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1939.
Porto retain hopes of becoming a member of Liverpool within the final 16, nonetheless, as they held on to second place with 5 factors due to Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 residence defeat by AC Milan. Porto host Atletico (4) of their ultimate match within the group with Milan (4) internet hosting Liverpool.
“So many good things happened tonight, players got minutes, rhythm, confidence, nobody got hurt,” Klopp mentioned. “Thiago’s goal… wow!”
With prime spot already assured it was an evening for a few of Liverpool’s fringe gamers to impress, as 19-year-old Tyler Morton made his Champions League debut and Takumi Minamino earned a uncommon begin. But they struggled within the first half during which Porto had been the higher and extra keen aspect. The Portuguese champions had been near taking the lead when Mehdi Taremi’s glancing header deflected off Joel Matip and went narrowly vast of Alisson’s submit.
Evanilson then had a shot blocked by Ibrahima Konate however Porto’s finest likelihood arrived when Colombian Luis Diaz raced away and squared for Otavio who sliced horribly vast underneath strain from Kostas Tsimikas.
Liverpool often modified gear and thought they’d gone forward when Thiago’s go cut up the Porto defence and Sadio Mane ran by means of to attain. Nevertheless, his celebrations on his fiftieth European recreation for Liverpool had been minimize brief by a VAR verify which confirmed he had been fractionally offside.
Porto coach Sergio Conceicao was then livid earlier than halftime as Taremi bizarrely opted to strive to select a group mate when he had the prospect to check Alisson. The possibilities stored arriving for Porto at first of the second half with Mateus Uribe’s shot on the flip flashing previous the submit and so they had been quickly to remorse their profligacy.
Within the 52nd minute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s free kick was headed out and the elegant Thiago met a bouncing ball on the sting of the world with the sweetest of low strikes with the surface of his proper foot to ship a skimming shot arrowing previous keeper Diogo Costa and contained in the submit.
“The goal was the beauty I like to bring in football,” Thiago mentioned of his first Champions League objective for Liverpool.
Salah then mixed with substitute Henderson earlier than slicing in from the correct and beating Costa with a left-foot shot for his sixth objective to this point within the group stage.