Observations as Liverpool bag their second Champions League semi-final in 2 years

Observations as Liverpool bag their second Champions League semi-final in 2 years

This wasn't vintage Liverpool, nor did it need to be. The Reds had done half the job at Anfield and just needed to maintain composure in Portugal, knowing that an away goal would likely be enough to see them through to their second semi-final in two years. VAR Margins VAR is essentially marmite - you either love it or you hate it. Some football fans will argue it takes away from the spontaneity of the game, the thrilling ecstasy and …
Porto 1-4 Liverpool: Who was man of the match?

Porto 1-4 Liverpool: Who was man of the match?

On a night where the eyes of many Reds fans understandably drifted onto the remarkable events at the Etihad Stadium, proceedings at the Estadio do Dragao were rather predictable. Porto, buoyed by their fervent support, flew out of the blocks and made the Reds sweat with a mass of half-chances. But once Jurgen Klopp's side rode out the tense opening 20 minutes, things calmed down. The visitors clinically dispatched their chances when they came, coasting to a comfortable victory and …
Key Stats as Liverpool Rout Porto in Portugal Again

Key Stats as Liverpool Rout Porto in Portugal Again

Liverpool took Porto apart in the second half to ensure safe passage to the Champions League semi-final where Barcelona await, despite a nervy first 25 minutes in Portugal. But what were the key stats from a thumping 4-1 away win, securing a 6-1 aggregate victory? The Hendo Show Continues Jordan Henderson made a huge impact off the bench again in this game, securing his 3rd assist in four games, having only contributed one in almost two years, since the start …
Match Report: Liverpool stroll while City stumble

Match Report: Liverpool stroll while City stumble

Match Report: Porto 0 Liverpool 2 Champions League quarterfinals aren’t supposed to feel this casual. Nothing Liverpool related is supposed to feel this casual. And, so it was that what you might have thought would be a sunny trip to northern Portugal would end up being a deluge. Jurgen Klopp sent out a strong side while resting three. Jordan Henderson picked up a knock late in the action against Chelsea, Bobby Firmino deserves a rest more than anyone and Naby …
Liverpool 2 Porto 0 - Man Of The Match: Say Hello To My Little Friend

Liverpool 2 Porto 0 - Man Of The Match: Say Hello To My Little Friend

Jurgen Klopp is bringing out a secret weapon at the business end of the season that every opposing manager sorta knew that he had, but he wasn’t using it, so maybe there was a problem with it… who knows. Point is, Southampton and Porto walk in the door and Klopp says, “say hello to my little friend!” The little friend being one, Naby Keita, who is literally quite small, but he is capable of mowing down the opposition like Tony …
Could be out of sight, but still in command - Observations from Reds' 2-0 win over Porto

Could be out of sight, but still in command - Observations from Reds' 2-0 win over Porto

That could've been a lot better. But Liverpool are still in command of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal tie against Porto, after a 2-0 win at Anfield in the first leg. The Reds were superb in the opening exchanges, with Naby Keita opening the scoring via a lucky deflection off Otavio. Roberto Firmino capped off a superb team move in the 26th minute to put Liverpool in command. But, the scoring stopped there, despite plenty of opportunities for either side …
Liverpool 2-0 Porto: Reds on course for Champions League semi-final

Liverpool 2-0 Porto: Reds on course for Champions League semi-final

Rarely do you see a Champions League quarter-final look so routine. There wasn't the rip-roaring freneticism of an emphatic win, nor a compilation of keepy-ups from Mohamed Salah to be played back for the rest of time this time round as there was in Portugal last year, but Liverpool once again took control over their opponents on a relatively straight forward night at Anfield. Rewarded with his second successive start in midfield, Naby Keita's effort inside just five minutes made …
Observations as Liverpool dig out yet another win to stay alive

Observations as Liverpool dig out yet another win to stay alive

It was nervy. The tension was rattling. It was not a nice feeling. With time dwindling, Liverpool had little margin for error. Liverpool didn't err. The tension was broken through. The nerves were all settled. From the South Coast, the Reds will head back to Merseyside with three points. Here are the key observations from the game. Horrific Start Well, it would have been nice to see Liverpool have more control of midfield, right from the get-go, but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg …
Southampton 1-3 Liverpool: Who was man of the match?

Southampton 1-3 Liverpool: Who was man of the match?

It was unconvincing, it was last-ditch, it was downright exhausting, but crucially for Liverpool, it was victory. They are back on top of the Premier League with their rivals' fixtures about to get significantly tougher. The performance, it has to be said, wasn't good. But Liverpool won this game thanks to a big call from their manager and a big moment from a big player. The Reds seem to be in a 'win by whatever means necessary mode', and so …
Match Report: Liverpool's Little Dancer Does It!

Match Report: Liverpool's Little Dancer Does It!

Hold me closer little dancer, Count the headlights on the highway, Lay me down in sheets of linen, You've had a busy day today. How much did Liverpool need Mo Salah to score that goal? How much did Naby Keita need to come through like that? How much did Jordan Henderson need to grab the reins of this team and be a big part of a clutch victory? Strange to say about a Liverpool side that is two wins away …
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