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11 Quickfire Conclusions As Liverpool Ease Past Porto In First Leg

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Roberto Firmino of FC Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Liverpool and Porto at Anfield on April 9, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

Liverpool look to have one foot in the Champions League semi-finals after they eased to a 2-0 victory over Porto in the first leg of their last eight clash at Anfield.

Klopp’s side looked impressive against their Portuguese rivals and opened the scoring in the fifth minute after Naby Keita’s strike from the edge of the area took a couple of deflections and flew past Iker Casillas in the Porto goal.

They doubled their lead in 26th minute when Trent Alexander – Arnold’s ball across the box was tapped home by Roberto Firmino.

Despite a myriad of chances Liverpool could not grab a third and will take a two-goal lead to the second leg in Portugal.

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1) Going forward Liverpool were far too much for Porto to handle from the off. On top of Keita and Firmino’s goals, they could have had two or three more, as the Reds’ front three all looked extremely dangerous.

2) Just like in the victory against Spurs a couple of weeks ago, Liverpool‘s full-back pairing of Trent Alexander-Arnold and this time James Milner were both very effective from the wide areas going forward. They add a real edge to their attack.

3) Porto had a couple of chances in the first 45 could not find the net and it was important for Liverpool not to get complacent in a game they were so dominant in. An away goal would have been a slight dampener on proceedings.

4) The visitors were seen as an easy draw for Liverpool and basing it off this game they certainly appear to be the weakest of the eight teams left in the competition, their nerves in particular showing in the first half.

5) The contribution of Moussa Marega was a bright spark throughout the game for Porto. The Malian striker had scored six goals in his last six Champions League games and looked sharp despite not making it seven in seven.

6) Credit where it is due for Porto they looked much more resilient in the second half as Liverpool tried to grab a third goal.

7) Worth noting how easy Virgil Van Dijk can make defending look at times. There was a moment in the first half when he dispossessed a Porto player and strolled forward with the ball, as the RTÉ commentary quipped “like a young Alan Hansen.”

8) There was a couple of instances of potential handball in the game. Both of which struck players arms but looked innocuous and probably undeserving of even going to VAR. The instance in the second half was reviewed before anyone was even aware as to what was occurring. A lack of communication which could become an issue.

9) One the referee did miss was Mo Salah’s late challenge. The Egyptian stretched for the ball and left one on the defender. Had the tackle been seen it could so easily have resulted in a red.

10) Naby Keita has been criticised occasionally this season but against Porto, he put in one of his best performances for Liverpool looking very strong in the midfield.

11) Liverpool will be disappointed not to have scored more goals against Porto especially given their chances in the first half. They should still have no problems negotiating the second leg.

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