Champions’ (League) mentality: Reds keep winning when not at best

Champions’ (League) mentality: Reds keep winning when not at best

Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino struck inside the first 26 minutes to put the hosts in command and Liverpool's only regret may be not building a more emphatic lead to take to northern Portugal for next week's second leg. "Super goals tonight. The second goal was world class", Klopp said afterwards. The Egyptian was alert to pounce on a loose back-pass and shrugged off the covering Felipe, only to slide the ball past Casillas and the post when he looked destined to score.

Liverpool then had to survive a VAR review for a potential handball against Trent Alexander-Arnold as Alisson palmed the ball into his full-back.

He couldn't, however, entirely make up for a unusual Liverpool performance.

While FC Porto have been playing very well since their last Champions League match but I don't think they are good enough to win this match. The Guinea worldwide unleashed a shot, which got deflected off Oliver Torres into the back of the net.

And, while Klopp would argue that the creativity instead comes from the full-backs - evidenced by another assist for young Alexander-Arnold here - Liverpool's lack of goals from midfield is nevertheless a weakness.

Liverpool then thought they had made it 3-0, but Sadio Mane's goal was ruled out for offside by VAR. There were some good moments in the game [but] obviously we can do better.

"We are not Real Madrid who have won it the last three times".


Depay has also been superb for his country's national team - scoring 16 goals and 12 assists from 46 global appearances.

Both clubs are locked in similar battles for domestic league titles and they've conceded the same number of goals on average (0.61 per match) in league play. It comes from a corner that Liverpool can't clear.

A tally of 82 points from 33 games is not bad at all, and it remains to be seen how close the Reds can get to Manchester City's record points tally of 100, which they managed last season.

"Hendo is a brilliant player".

"He likes the position obviously", smiled Klopp. Rather, it is a role to which he was not particularly suited but one that he was prepared to fill because Jurgen Klopp needed him to.

If you live in the regions of Europe and especially the United Kingdom, you can use BT Sports 3 to watch the entire Liverpool vs FC Porto match online. "I would love to win all of the games even 1-0 and at the end of the season we win the Premier League - that's the most important thing for every single player", Mane added.

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