18th April, 2019
Liverpool left nothing to chance as they went on to defeat Porto in far away Portugal by 4-1 to romp into the semi-finals stage of this year’s Champions League Competition on an aggregate scoreline of 6-1 and thereby setting up a mouth-watering clash against Messilona, sorry, Barcelona.
It was not so surprising to see Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah score for the second game running as Liverpool cruised to a 4-1 victory over Porto, and thereby seal a 6-1 aggregate win to set up a very attractive Champions League semi-final clash with Barcelona.
Liverpool began the game on a very positive note as Mane struck after 26 minutes of the quarter-final second leg at Estadio do Dragao, with the VAR ruling the Senegal international onside after Salah played him in.
The Reds’ Manager Jurgen Klopp must surely have been delighted with the way his team’s defence line dealt with Porto’s attack as they tried in vain to get back into the game.
The home side created enough chances to have leveled scores before Mane’s strike but thereafter their attacking waves crashed harmlessly against Liverpool’s defensive rocks, with Virgil van Dijk as imperious as ever.
At a stage, Eder Militao eventually found a way through, but only after Salah had effectively ended the contest by slotting home Liverpool’s second goal of the game following Trent Alexander-Arnold’s superb cross-field pass.
Two late goals from substitute Roberto Firmino and Van Dijk added gloss to the win and cemented Liverpool’s progression to the next stage of the competition.
Porto will by now surely be tired of playing against Liverpool, who knocked them out in the round of 16 last season.
In their current form, the Reds look capable of winning wherever they play.
Their next game will however be a different kettle of fish as they take on a much more talented and ever dangerous team – F.C. Barcelona who with Messi playing, can mess up any team.