Liverpool dented Porto’s bid to qualify for the Champions League last 16 as Thiago Alcantara’s first objective since May impressed a 2-0 win on Wednesday.
Jurgen Klopp’s facet had already booked their place throughout the knockout phases as Group B winners, nonetheless they did not rest on their laurels at Anfield.
Thiago has endured a difficult time with Liverpool, struggling to recapture the form that made him a Champions League winner at Bayern Munich.
The Spanish midfielder gave a glimpse of his experience with a composed present capped by a blistering long-range strike to put Liverpool ahead throughout the second half.
Mohamed Salah sealed Liverpool’s fifth successive group victory alongside together with his seventeenth objective this season.
Porto are second throughout the group, one degree ahead of Atletico Madrid and AC Milan, leaving Sergio Conceicao’s workforce needing to beat the Spanish champions of their last match on December 7 to advance alongside Liverpool.
With Liverpool licensed of their earlier sport, Klopp could afford to rest a couple of of his key avid gamers firstly of a busy winter schedule.
Liverpool should not have an empty midweek left in 2021 and face 9 video video games in all competitions in December.
“In this time of the season, the medical division has a large hand in line-ups,” Klopp acknowledged this week.
Liverpool’s 19-year-old midfielder Tyler Morton made his Champions League debut, with Neco Williams, Ibrahima Konate and Takumi Minamino moreover coming in.
Morton’s first-team debut solely acquired right here in September, whereas he made his first Premier League look as a late substitute in the direction of Arsenal on the weekend.
Klopp says Morton has “the entire devices” and he did not look misplaced on the huge stage.
– Thiago magic –
Porto had been inches away from taking the lead when Otavio robbed Kostas Tsimikas and whipped a cross in route of Mehdi Taremi, whose header hit Joel Matip and deflected merely large.
Moments later, Luis Diaz’s deft cross picked out Otavio’s run into the Liverpool area, nonetheless Tsimikas made a lunging last-ditch cope with that pressured the midfielder to poke large.
Porto suffered a blow when their veteran defender Pepe seen his a centesimal Champions League start curtailed by an hurt midway by means of the first half.
Liverpool should gone ahead when Salah produced a tame finish after Porto keeper Diogo Costa miskicked a clearance that cannoned off Sadio Mane’s face to the Egyptian.
Mane thought he had scored throughout the thirty seventh minute when he ran onto Thiago’s cross and slotted residence, nonetheless a VAR study confirmed the Senegal forward was marginally offside.
When Mateus Uribe swivelled to hearth merely large rapidly after half-time, it appeared Porto had been beginning to take administration.
But it was Klopp’s males who made the breakthrough as a consequence of Thiago’s second of magic throughout the 52nd minute.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s free-kick was headed out to Thiago and he drilled a superb 25-yard drive earlier Costa.
Oxlade-Chamberlain went shut with a long-range rocket sooner than Thiago was substituted to a standing ovation from the Kop.
Thiago’s different Jordan Henderson organize Liverpool’s second objective throughout the seventieth minute, deciding on out Salah, who shimmied inside sooner than planting a low strike into the underside nook from 12 yards.