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 …
Man of the Match as Liverpool dispatch Chelsea 2-0

Man of the Match as Liverpool dispatch Chelsea 2-0

As Jordan Henderson moves seamlessly from defensive midfield to a more advanced role, I look to do similar by taking up the 'Man of the Match' element of this week's post-match work, rotating my 'Virgil Van Dijk (8): What a lovely beard he has' player rating duties to the lovely Aaditya Narayan. And what a game to pick just one player from! The Reds fight another day in the title race with a 2-0 win over Chelsea, quickfire second-half strikes …
Naby-Mania is Running Wild, Brother

Naby-Mania is Running Wild, Brother

It may have taken longer than expected but Naby Keita has finally arrived for Liverpool. After showing glimpses at various times throughout the season, the £52million signing has had a big impact in the past week for the Reds. With top spot on the line, the Liverpool No.8 opened his account for the club against Southampton with an uncharacteristic goal - a stooping header at the back post - to level the game on the night. He then drilled in …
Should Fading Wijnaldum Return to Face Chelsea?

Should Fading Wijnaldum Return to Face Chelsea?

Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita have felt like two sparkling new signings over the past week. Both have done perfectly well at times throughout this season, particularly the former, but Liverpool's last two matches have been significant for the likeable pair. The wins over Southampton and Porto allowed the Reds to continue their winning streak, now at six victories in a row, and it was Henderson and Keita who were the biggest positives. The skipper was left out of the …
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 …
Virgil van Dijk was singing the praises of Naby Keita after Porto win

Virgil van Dijk was singing the praises of Naby Keita after Porto win

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk hailed Naby Keita as a "fantastic player" after another goalscoring performance from The Reds' number eight. Keita had struggled to settle into Liverpool's midfield since his arrival from the Bundesliga's RB Leipzig last summer due to some below-par performances coupled with niggling injury concerns. However, the Guinean international has started the last two games for Jurgen Klopp's team, scoring hugely important goals in both fixtures. Last night, Keita got the ball rolling for The Reds …
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 …
Player ratings as Liverpool defeat Porto

Player ratings as Liverpool defeat Porto

A good midfield performance, no away goals conceded and one foot into the last four. Pretty much all Jurgen Klopp could have asked for as Liverpool defeated Porto 2-0 in their Champions League quarter final first leg. Naby Keita opened the scoring via aid of a deflection early on before Roberto Firmino tapped in a second. Sadio Mané would’ve had a third had he not strayed narrowly offside, but two will do. Here’s your ratings. A clean sheet not minus …
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 …
Henderson & Milner prove their worth in priceless fashion

Henderson & Milner prove their worth in priceless fashion

Another week, another Liverpool game that ages supporters approximately 20 years in the space of 90 minutes. There's doing things the hard way and then there's the Reds. Friday's memorable 3-1 win at Southampton was the latest title statement from Jurgen Klopp's men, in a season that continues to defy belief in terms of consistency, winning mentality and a freakish points tally. This was no normal routine victory away to a relegation-threatened team, though, as the evening had numerous twists …
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