FC Porto 0-5 Liverpool: Player ratings
Mane, Salah and Firmino all got on the scoresheet as the Reds put up a commanding performance in the first leg
FC Porto 0 - 5 Liverpool (Mane 25' 53' 85', Salah 28', Firmino 69')
Liverpool put in one of their best away performances in the Champions League as they completely destroyed FC Porto at the Estadio Do Dragao. The terrific trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane all got on the scoresheet as Liverpool all but confirmed a place in the Champions League last 8.
While the Reds were undoubtedly in top form, the Portuguese giants had a miserable day with their defence and midfield often making schoolboy errors. The Liverpool defence was solid throughout and managed to keep a clean sheet as well which would definitely have pleased Jurgen Klopp.
Without much ado, let us take a look at the player ratings for both Porto and Liverpool:
Jose Sa - 3/10
The young Portuguese goalkeeper had a miserable night as he was at fault for letting Sadio Mane's opening goal squirm in. Porto never really recovered from that opening blow and Sa will be disappointed with his performance last night.
Ricardo Periera - 4/10
The 24-year-old full-back was tossed and turned by Mane the entire night. He really struggled to keep up with the Senegalese's pace and tricks.
Ivan Marcano - 5/10
Although Porto did let in 5 goals, he was their best defender on the night as he made some crucial clearances in the first half. If it was not for Marcano, Liverpool might have scored 6 or 7!
Diego Reyes - 4/10
The Porto centre-back was often dragged out of position and he struggled to deal with the intelligent runs of Firmino, Mane, and Salah throughout the night.
Alex Telles - 5/10
Although Alex Telles put in a few good corners, defensively he was not at all at the top of his game as he often was left behind by Salah's pace. Offensively good, defensively terrible on the night.
Sergio Oliviera - 5/10
The Porto midfielder worked hard throughout the game, but he was just not given enough time on the ball by the constant pressing of Henderson and Co. Oliviera remained fairly anonymous throughout the match.
Hector Herrera - 4/10
Herrera was often crowded out at the centre of the pitch and he struggled to find a way through the Liverpool defence. He was almost non-existent as a creative force.
Otavio da Silva - 5/10
The attacking midfielder came up with some moments of magic in the first half, but he could not influence the game strongly. He was taken off in the 46th minute.
Moussa Marega - 6/10
The lone bright spot in the Porto team last night, Marega made some extremely tricky runs in the first half though he faded away in the second half. He looked the most likely candidate to cause the Liverpool defence some problems last night.
Yacine Brahimi - 5/10
With Aboubakar injured, a lot was expected from Yacine Brahimi. However, the Algerian was shepherded excellently by Trent Alexander-Arnold and he failed to influence the Porto attack in a telling way.
Tiquinho Soares - 5/10
Tiquinho made some interesting runs but he was not picked out by his teammates. Missed a glorious chance at 2-0 as he dragged his left-footed shot just wide of Karius' goal.
Jesus Corona - 4/10
Came on in the 46th minute for Otavio. Corona had a game to forget as he often misplaced simple passes and gave the ball back to Liverpool on plenty of occasions.
Abdul Waris - 5/10
The striker came on for Brahimi in the 62nd minute. Waris worked hard and ran the channels, but he struggled to trouble the likes of Van Dijk and Lovren.
Goncalo Paciencia - N/A
He came on in the 76th minute and did not have much time to make a mark on this game.