Daniel Moxon reports as Liverpool comfortably beat their Champions League opponents despite resting key men and already having qualification in the bag before kick-off.
Liverpool extended their remarkable run of scoring at least two goals in a match to 16 games, becoming the first English club to do so since 1939 as a much-changed side barely skipped a beat against Porto.
This was a professional performance from the Reds, who were already through before the game began but still scored twice without reply as they heaped more misery on the Portuguese side, who just hate playing against Liverpool.
It means five wins from as many games for Jürgen Klopp’s side, and they managed it while resting key players like Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold, and bringing Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah off early.
It was Salah who made the game safe with a wonderful solo effort, rounding the win off after Thiago produced an incredible controlled drive from 30 yards.
This changed Reds side took the first half slowly, managing the game and weathering Porto storms at times to make sure they went into the break level.
But they were silky-smooth at times after the break, and finally got their just rewards through Thiago’s piece of individual brilliance, sweeping a low effort through a crowd of players and into the bottom corner at the Kop End.
And Salah cut in from the left 20 minutes from time, had the composure to send Mateus Uribe tumbling to the grounds with a small movement of his shoulder and fire past Diogo Costa at his near post to wrap up the win.
That goal came about after a long ball from Tyler Morton, who started and played the full game on his Champions League debut – he didn’t once look out of place in that midfield and did his chances of further first-team appearances no harm at all.
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