Liverpool’s thumping 5-0 win over the Portuguese heavyweights in the first leg tie on Valentine’s night made yesterday’s Anfield fixture an irrelevant one.
Jurgen Klopp, however, decided not to field an alternate side ahead of weekend’s mega-clash against Manchester United but rested a few of his first-team regulars for the Tuesday night encounter. The game occurred in quite a low tempo as the hosts did not thrive forward to break down the visitors’ defensive resilience who were desperate not to alter the margin and led the mundane outing to a scoreless draw at Merseyside. Liverpool progressed through to the quarter-final of the competition whereas Porto regained the respect to some extent following a determined display.
Liverpool came close on a couple of occasions – Sadio Mane failed to hit the target from a close range and was unlucky to hit the woodwork. Substitute Danny Ings almost grabbed a winner in closing minutes of the game, but it was iconic Iker Casillas who came to the rescue and pulled off a stunning stop to deny the Englishman’s strong header. Dejan Lovren made a quality block on the other end to deny Oliver Torres from scoring which remained the only positive move from the visitors throughout the 90 minutes. The game ended scorelessly but the Reds came out unscathed ahead of the electrifying Saturday afternoon encounter at Old Trafford.
Liverpool vs FC Porto Lineups:
Liverpool: Loris Karius, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Jordan Henderson, Emre Can (Ragnar Klavan 80′), James Milner, Sadio Mane (Mohamed Salah 74′), Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino (Danny Ings 62′).
FC Porto: Iker Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Felipe, Diego Reyes, Diogo Dalot, Jesus Corona, Andre Andre (Sergio Oliveira 62′), Oliver Torres, Abdul Waris (Ricardo Pereira 68′), Bruno Costa, Vincent Aboubakar (Goncalo Paciencia 80′).
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