Liverpool put on a sublime performance as they destroyed Porto with one of the high-scoring football scores of the Champions League. After two recent drubbings against Liverpool, 5-0 and 4-1 three and two years ago respectively, Porto was condemned to yet another 5-1 drubbing. Mohammed Salah continued his brilliant start to the season scoring a brace while Sadio Mane scored one. Roberto Firmino came off the bench to score a brace after a long injury layoff.
Porto: Costa (5), Corona (5), Cardoso (5), Marcano (6), Zaidu (6), Uribe (5), Oliveira (5), Otavio (n/a), Martinez (5), Diaz (7), Taremi (5).
Subs used: Vieira (6), Grujic (5), Wendell (5), Vitinha (6), Pepe (5).
Liverpool: Alisson (6), Milner (7), Matip (7), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (8), Fabinho (7), Jones (9), Henderson (8), Mane (8), Salah (8), Jota (7).
Subs used: Gomez (6), Firmino (7), Minamino (6), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Origi (n/a).
Man of the match: Curtis Jones.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “First and foremost, the most important thing is the result. It is a massive one away at Porto. Winning, and the way we won, make it even better.” he added. “Performance-wise, it was good in lots of moments. We could see Porto watched our last game at Brentford so they started direct. We had our struggles again but the boys are all human beings and that’s one of the reasons I didn’t want to change it today, I wanted to get it sorted on the pitch and that’s what we did step-by-step.”
“We scored maybe not the most wonderful goals but important ones in the first half. In the second half, we controlled the game. Porto had massive problems today – one center-half out with a red card and then Pepe couldn’t play. I don’t think this partnership [in the game] had ever played together before and that gives you an opportunity before the game and today, we could use that.”
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