FC Porto 1-5 Liverpool: Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino at the double in Champions League rout
Sadio Mane was also on focus on and Curtis Jones registered three assists as the six-time European Cup winners strolled to a dominant 5-1 romp towards familiar opponents to remain at the summit of Team B, with Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa enduring a nightmare of an evening.
Porto manufactured a brilliant commence to proceedings as the speedy Luis Diaz and Mateus Uribe equally noticed efforts deflected, but they missing midfielder Otavio to an early injuries – possessing also observed the vastly expert Pepe limp out of the warm-up – and it did not acquire Liverpool prolonged to assert their common dominance at the Estadio do Dragao following 5- and 4-1 victories there around new a long time.
They ended up forward within 20 minutes, with Salah on hand to flip house the rebound from shut assortment immediately after Jones experienced driven in from the still left flank and strike a curling shot that was pushed straight again into the risk location by goalkeeper Costa.
It was the Egyptian’s sixth aim in as a lot of matches and his sixth in his past seven in the Champions League.
Liverpool dominated the 1st 50 percent from then on, with captain Jordan Henderson denied a penalty on his 400th look for the club after his flick from shut vary struck the hand of Ivan Marcano.
Previous Porto loanee Diogo Jota experienced two bites at a person possibility and compelled Costa into a sprawling conserve, with Henderson and the self-assured Jones also hoping their luck prior to a rare Porto crack led to Diaz trying to decide on out the far corner but failing to trouble Alisson.
Henderson’s intense drive was tipped about right after a nicely-labored free of charge-kick routine, but Costa unquestionably did not go over himself in glory on the stroke of 50 percent-time when he inexplicably remaining a peach of a cross from Milner and Mane – whom he erroneously believed was offside – could not overlook the least complicated of faucet-ins.
Porto boss Sergio Conceicao despatched on previous Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic at the interval, but it was dominant Liverpool who continued to check with questions as a impressive generate from Andy Robertson was parried with Salah absolutely free at the again put up and a woeful defensive header from Jesus Manuel Corona almost gifted a 3rd to Jota, but Costa did nicely to thwart his compatriot.
Jota’s stinging travel was then pushed out by Costa as Liverpool continued to push for additional targets, obtaining their third when Jones gained the ball back again in midfield and drove ahead, slicing within to tee up Salah for a calm finish.
Ex-Wolves midfielder Vitinha arrowed a strike straight at Alisson and Jota sliced a excellent likelihood into the aspect netting just before Klopp appeared to his bench with that check out of Metropolis in head.
Mehdi Taremi’s agency header outside of Alisson seemed to have given Porto a glimmer of a likelihood at an unlikely comeback, but Liverpool substitute Firmino extinguished those people hopes by scoring from distance after Costa experienced bizarrely raced out of his box to leave the target gaping, with the ball getting previously crossed the line as he raced back to try out and claw it out.
Firmino’s 2nd was awarded after a prolonged VAR verify for a attainable offside just after he rifled in when Jones’ deflected shot fell into his path.