Liverpool – FC Porto. The English with a club record in the Champions League

“The Reds” started the game on Wednesday confident of advancement to the knockout stage. No wonder the trainer Jürgen Klopp decided to stir the squad. The team includes, among others Champions League debut Tyler Morton. The 19-year-old midfielder has already made his first-team debut in the League Cup this season, and was given six Premier League minutes over the weekend.

The guests had more to lose because they were constantly fighting to get out of the group. And it was they who created their first goal opportunity. In the 13th minute they took the ball in the middle of the field, Luis Diaz pulled it into the penalty area and Otavio released, but Otavio missed the goal.

Porto then lost seasoned defender Pepe, who was injured and had to be replaced 25 minutes later by Fabio Cardoso.

In turn, in the 37th minute, Thiago played perpendicular to Sadio Mane, who ran into the penalty area and hit the net from the angle, but after a while it turned out that the Senegalese was offside.

After switching sides, in the 52nd minute, everything was fine and the hosts took the lead. After a free kick, Porto’s players cleared the ball in the penalty area, where Thiago folded to her, and the one, still between the legs of one of the rivals, found the way to the goal.

Then Alisson tried to help the guests, who hit the ball badly, but Otavio did not use the gift, playing inaccurately, and then he had a grudge against his friend that he did not run to the right place.

In the 62nd minute, Takumi Minamino scored a goal, but the Japanese was clearly offside.

Eight minutes later, however, there was no doubt again. Mohamed Salah got a pass from his own half, exchanged the ball with Jordan Henderson, then went into the penalty area, passed Andres Uribe and found a seat at the post.

It was the last contact with the Egyptian’s ball, because after a while he was replaced by Fabinho.

It was Salah’s sixth goal in the Champions League this season, and the only Reds player to have scored so many goals in the group stage was Roberto Firmino in the 2017/18 season.

It was the tenth clash between these teams in European cups. The English have never lost, with seven wins and only three draws. Of these, as many as six matches took place in the Klopp era, including five won.

Liverpool, who already secured first place, are leading with a full 15 points, breaking their record in the group stage (14), and Porto in the last matchday will play at home against Atletico Madrid for a Group B exit.

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David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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