Champions League: Liverpool 2-0 Porto: 5 Talking Points & Tactical Analysis
Liverpool played FC Porto for the second consecutive season in the Champions League and once again, the Reds were the comfortable winners over the Portuguese outfit despite not being at their usual best at Anfield.
The visitors started the game on a high but it was Jurgen Klopp's side who took an early lead in the game. Naby Keita, who broke his deadlock against Southampton on Friday night, registered his name on the scoresheet again. The Guinean International's shot took a deflection off the opponent to end up inside the back of the net in the fifth minute.
Mohamed Salah had an excellent chance to double the score within a few minutes but the Egyptian failed to take the chance. However, the hosts made it two when Trent Alexander-Arnold found his teammate Roberto Firmino in the far post who had to tap the ball inside from two yards.
In this article, we shall take a look at the five talking points from the game between Liverpool and FC Porto.
#5 Liverpool took their chances in the first half
Liverpool did not create a handful of chances throughout the game because they were at their second gear. James Milner stretched the game into the wider area to find Sadio Mane. Senegalese International drifted inside and passed the ball to Naby Keita inside the penalty box.
The Reds' number 8 took a shot which deflected off Porto's defender to end up in the back of the net. Mohamed Salah had an excellent chance to extend the lead, but the Egyptian was not able to convert the chance in a one-on-one situation. The attacker got it horribly wrong and the ball went slightly away from the crossbar.
However, Liverpool's samba boy Roberto Firmino secure a two-goal lead when Jordan Henderson played an exquisite pass to find Trent Alexander-Arnold in the wider area. The right-back's pass reached Liverpool's number 9 in the far post, who had to tap the ball in from close range.