Liverpool fans rave about Naby Keita after performance against Porto

Sherman Parsons
April 10, 2019

European nights against Porto might not hold the same vibrancy to them as games against Barcelona or Juventus, but that is also partly down to the superior quality Liverpool's team have been delivering on the pitch.

Porto did press and their best opportunity saw Alisson block Moussa Marega's shot. Yes, they rode their luck at times here, but they were missing Andy Robertson (suspended) and Joel Matip (rested) who will return in the second-leg.

Jurgen Klopp won't say it to anyone, but he's really hoping for a huge win that nearly guarantees a place in the semifinal.

Porto were keen to get on the front foot early and nearly hit Liverpool with a hammer blow inside two minutes when the in-form Moussa Marega found space inside the area, but he could not wrap his foot around the ball and ended up firing comfortably wide of the target. One of our analysts said they had scored around 40 per cent of their goals from set pieces, but we defended them well. Subbed off for Divock Origi in the second half.

Virgil van Dijk revealed recently that he voted for Raheem Sterling, his biggest rival for the individual award this season. After that the Reds have two more home games and two away assignments remaining in their Premier League title run-in. He had a point, too. Worth his weight in gold.

"Overall it was a really good performance".

Mohamed Salah ended his eight-game goal drought as Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League table with a 3-1 win at Southampton on Friday, but the Egyptian got his angles wrong when he failed to hit the target with just Casillas to beat.

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He had six tackles in the first half alone and was, as he always promised to be, the one Liverpool midfielder who looked like he might create something when carrying the ball forward from deep positions. This was possibly his best display for the club.

He slipped in an inch-perfect ball between Porto's left-back and centre-back, Alexander-Arnold crossed for Firmino, who passed the ball across the face of goal for Firmino who could not miss. Not as impressive after the break, when some of his decision-making on the ball left a lot to be desired. Got himself on the scoresheet with a simple finish and possibly should have added a second soon after but couldn't keep his shot down.

But suddenly, with Keita roaming and with Jordan Henderson re-emerging as a high-energy No.8, it came alive.

Salah nearly made it two in the 18th minute, but his initial shot after cutting in from the wing was blocked, with the loose ball falling back to Keita who played in Salah with a one-touch pass before the Egypt winger's first-time shot was saved low by Casillas.

Sadio Mane believes Liverpool are well motivated to clinch the Premier League trophy this season.

FW Divock Origi, N/R - The Belgian has played his way back into Klopp's thoughts and is getting fairly regular playing time of late. At the moment, the practice of implementing video review all seems very arbitrary.

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