Liverpool 2-0 Porto: Player rating


Liverpool maintained their 100% winning record in this season’s Champions League after defeating Porto 2-0 at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s men secured their passage to the round of 16 as group winners on match day four and so the German was able to make several changes in his starting eleven for this one, and they had to work for their victory.

The hosts almost ended up early when Otavio robbed Kostas Tsimikas on the ball and struck in for Mehdi Taremi, but his nod deflected Joel Matip and just on the wrong side of Alisson’s post.

Porto really looked like the side that had something to play for when Evanilson haunted past Ibrahima Konate to break through with Alisson, but the Frenchman recovered just in time to win back the ball possession.

The Reds continued to give clear chances to their guests when Konate was again caught out and got the burners by Luis Diaz, although Otavio somehow put it next to the empty net and gaped in front of him.

Liverpool had plenty of joy to take advantage of mistakes by goalkeeper Diogo Costa in the reverse match, and Porto were lucky to be even when their stop put the ball in Sadio Mane’s face and Mohamed Salah could not convert when the ball fell to him.

Costa’s mistake turned out to be the Reds’ best path to goal in the first half, this time he cleared straight into Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s path and knocked out Salah, and while he was fouled by dribbling into the penalty area he was already considered offside .

Klopp’s men thought they had taken the lead ten minutes before the break when Thiago played a simple ball between Porto’s defenders for Mane to run on and he placed it past Costa with ease. But the Senegal striker had deviated marginally offside and the goal was chalked off.

Porto reopened Liverpool with Otavio slipping through Taremi, who for some reason tried to cut the ball back when the shot looked like the more obvious option and Tyler Morton could clear.

The Portuguese team continued their dominance after half time when Mateus Uribe shot far from close range after a free kick that plunged around the penalty area, but Liverpool took the lead towards the game at the other end. Oxlade-Chamberlain’s bad cross fell to Thiago Alcantara and he stroked it beautifully home from 25 yards.

That attack kicked Liverpool in gear, with Oxlade-Chamberlain almost grabbing his own goal on the stretch after a quick counterattack, but his effort proved harmless. Takumi Minamino had the ball in the net after a nice Reds move saw the ball ricochet towards him but the offside flag was up.

Liverpool were rewarded for their renewed attacking work with one second after 70 minutes. Morton’s long ball forward found Salah, who finished at Costa’s nearest post after a nice interaction with Jordan Henderson.

Former Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba sent off Divock Origi and the referee pointed to the penalty spot, although VAR overturned the decision when replays showed that contact was made outside the box. Henderson’s resulting effort went under the ball and into the side netting.

Porto struggled to get back into the match but could not keep it cold and Liverpool held on to win their fifth straight victory in the Champions League.

Tsimikas had her pants pulled down / Clive Brunskill / GettyImages

Alisson (GK) – 6/10 – Fluffed his lines a couple of times but generally stood tall.

Neco Williams (RB) – 6/10 – Probably Liverpool’s strongest defender, who was not a high bar to clear.

Ibrahima Konate (CB) – 2/10 – You would not think that this guy lowered Cristiano Ronaldo so easily just a month ago. Abused far too easily on so many occasions.

Joel Matip (CB) – 2/10 – Had no idea how to keep the offside line and his incompetence would have cost Liverpool several times in another day.

Kostas Tsimikas (LB) – 2/10 – After such a good race in the side, Tsimikas let himself down with such a terrible performance. Could not be described as a “no nonsense defender” because he just loved to create nonsense.


Just ridiculous from Thiago! ??

Wait for the angle from behind …?

– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) 24 November 2021

Tyler Morton (DM) – 7/10 – Did not look out of place and had to be on hand to help with the carelessness of a defense that sat behind him.

Thiago Alcantara (CM) – 8/10 – One of his best matches in a Liverpool shirt, he controlled the Reds in ball possession and ended a fantastic evening with a fantastic goal.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (CM) – 7/10 – Showed slightly more flashes of brilliance than flashes of incompetence. A real Jekyll and Hyde game.

Salah was on the results protocol / Clive Brunskill / GettyImages

Mohamed Salah (RW) – 7/10 – Looked dangerous when he was on the ball but you could see that he did not play as if the stakes were high for Liverpool.

Takumi Minamino (CF) – 4/10 – Just so obviously not good enough to play for the club.

Sadio Mane (LW) – 6/10 – Unlike Salah actually put in a real shift but just could not produce anything useful.

Jordan Henderson (CM, 63 ‘, for Thiago) – 7/10 – Calmed it down in midfield and got an assist for his problems.

Andy Robertson (LB, 63 ‘, for Tsimikas) – 6/10 – It was not an accident that made him immediately. better alternative than Tsimikas.

Fabinho (DM, 71 ‘for Salah) – 5/10

Divock Origi (CF, 71 ‘for Mane) – 6/10

James Milner (CM, 82 ‘for Oxlade-Chamberlain) – N / A

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