Porto v Liverpool - story of the match

Champions League: Playoffs continue on Wednesday

Although there is no Keita to select now, Klopp opted to exercise control in the Champions League last-16 first-leg tie but his three forwards were liberated as they led Liverpool to a 5-0 win.

Roberto Firmino completed the scoring in the first leg tie to hand the Portuguese league leaders their heaviest-ever home defeat in European competition and virtually guarantee Liverpool a quarter-final place.

This season it has been Salah who has shone with his fleetness of foot and finishing ability, taking the Egyptian to 30 goals in just 36 games for the club - a record that helped Salah beat Mane to win African Player of the Year in January. Liverpool have not failed to score during their last 11 Champions League matches (including qualifying) and their total 28 is the best of any team in the competition.

But it didn't take Liverpool long to grow into the game, as left-back Andrew Robertson fired over on his Champions League debut and Ivan Marcano's fearless block prevented Firmino from heading in.

Dunphy was speaking after Liverpool's 5-0 demolition of Porto in the away leg in Portugal, which followed on from eye-catching results for both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City the previous night. Porto made a decision to go at their English opponents instead of trying to manage the tie over two legs.

The trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all scored to earn Liverpool a staggering 5 away goals advantage from the Estádio do Dragão. "We even had a great chance through Otavio in the first 20 minutes", he said.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner's shot hit the post and rebounded to Salah who flicked it up over Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa, then controlled it with his head and touched it into the net.

"We are playing against a very strong team, with a budget of more than 200 million euros ($245 million)", Conceicao said. "I thought we could have scored more", he added.

"We always say the same things and we always get caught out in the same way", Rabiot told beIN Sports. "I enjoyed the fifth goal the most". "That's good. I said to him after the last game, "finally, you're back" immediately after when we talked on the pitch", he said.

Potential Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Gomez, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane.



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