Thiago ends drought as Liverpool down Porto


LONDON:

Jurgen Klopp saluted Liverpool’s understudies after they dented Porto’s bid to qualify for the Champions League final 16 as Thiago Alcantara’s first objective since May impressed a 2-Zero win on Wednesday.

Klopp’s aspect had already booked their place within the knockout phases as Group B winners, however they didn’t relaxation on their laurels at Anfield.

Thiago has endured a troublesome time with Liverpool, struggling to recapture the shape that made him a Champions League winner at Bayern Munich.

The Spanish midfielder gave a glimpse of his expertise with a composed show capped by a blistering long-range strike to place Liverpool forward within the second half.

Mohamed Salah sealed Liverpool’s fifth successive group victory along with his 17th objective this season.

Porto are second within the group, one level forward of Atletico Madrid and AC Milan, leaving Sergio Conceicao’s staff needing to beat the Spanish champions of their final match on December 7 to advance alongside Liverpool.

The Reds don’t have an empty midweek left in 2021 and face 9 video games in all competitions in December, so Klopp rested a number of stars together with Virgil Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

“It was good. Some people might have thought we would play an easy game but we were not here for that. We won the game with two exceptional goals, especially Thiago’s. Wow!” Klopp stated.

“It was hectic, which isn’t uncommon for a staff that has not performed collectively quite a bit. But so many good issues occurred, each individually and as a staff.

“We had young players playing, players back from injury and the right players got minutes and the right players got some rest.”

Liverpool‘s 19-year-old midfielder Tyler Morton made his Champions League debut, with Neco Williams, Ibrahima Konate and Takumi Minamino additionally coming in.

Morton made his first Premier League look as a late substitute towards Arsenal on the weekend, however he didn’t look misplaced on the large stage.

“If you are in our squad you are a good player, it’s as simple as that. I would not throw a player into a game if he was not ready,” Klopp stated.

“With Tyler some might have been surprised before kick-off but he did exceptionally well and I am pleased he put in a performance like this.”

Porto have been inches away from taking the lead when Otavio robbed Kostas Tsimikas and whipped a cross in direction of Mehdi Taremi, whose header hit Joel Matip and deflected simply huge.

Moments later, Luis Diaz’s deft go picked out Otavio’s run into the Liverpool space, however Tsimikas made a lunging last-ditch deal with that pressured the midfielder to poke huge.

Sadio Mane thought he had scored within the 37th minute when he ran onto Thiago’s go and slotted home, however a VAR verify confirmed the Senegal ahead was marginally offside.

When Mateus Uribe swivelled to fireplace simply huge quickly after half-time, it appeared Porto have been starting to take management.

But it was Klopp’s males who made the breakthrough due to Thiago’s second of magic within the 52nd minute.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s free-kick was headed out to Thiago and he drilled an excellent 25-yard drive previous Diogo Costa.

Oxlade-Chamberlain went shut with a long-range rocket earlier than Thiago was substituted to a standing ovation from the Kop.

Thiago’s alternative Jordan Henderson arrange Liverpool’s second objective within the 70th minute, selecting out Salah, who shimmied inside earlier than planting a low strike into the underside nook from 12 yards.

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