Six interesting stats from Liverpool 2-0 Porto

Liverpool need improved performance in Porto to progress – Virgil Van Dijk

Liverpool need improved performance in Porto to progress – Virgil Van Dijk

"This game takes me back to my days as a player and our two matches against CSKA Sofia and they serve as a warning for Liverpool now", Virgin Media Sport pundit Souness told us.

"When we don't play good I am the guy who says we didn't play good, but I don't have that feeling".

The Liverpool man then spoke with Klopp and revealed how the Reds boss was willing to push him forward with Fabinho taking over the deeper role.

"And I heard outside that he was a little bit ill". If they keep Liverpool from scoring more than two goals and get an away goal themselves, things might get really interesting.

However, that proved a luxury that Liverpool could afford to take as they look set for a second Champions League semi-final in as many years. It would be an absolute disaster if they go out from this position now.

The Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp lauded Jordan Henderson and admitted that he has been asking his captain to sacrifice himself for the good of the team for the past 18 months.

"We knew we had to play the second game and we can not decide the tie tonight, so now we have to go there and fight again".

"It was a bit stop start and we could have been better second half".

"We knew we had to play the second game and we can not decide the tie tonight, so now we have to go there and fight again".

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"At the same time when I played No. 6, I felt I've learned that position really well and if I need to play there I can do a job there".

But if the Porto back-line thought that Bobby was done with them after that they're sorely wrong, for he displayed unbelievable footwork, strength and awareness to completely bamboozle a full trio of them as the clocked ticked down towards 60 minutes.

Jurgen Klopp would have been relieved that the decisions worked in Liverpool's favour and he said after the game that his team deserved the win.

"We didn't use the right wing anymore in the same way that we did in the first half". The boys did that really well.

Porto head coach Sergio Conceicao believes the Merseysiders are contenders to go all the way in Europe's elite club competition.

If Liverpool is at all caught up in thinking about winning the tie in the first leg, that's where Porto may spoil the party.

He said: "The team we played against is a very strong candidate to win this Champions League".

"Overall we've got to be pleased with 2-0 - the clean sheet is important too". Now we have to keep our feet on the ground because the next game will be hard as well.

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