Liverpool build 2-0 lead over Porto in CL

Liverpool build 2-0 lead over Porto in CL

Liverpool beat Porto 2-0 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday night.

Van Dijk knows they will have to put in an improved performance next Wednesday as their opponents have shown they can cause them the odd scare.

"To score two goals in the last two games is very pleasing for him, but very important for all of us".

"We have something to build on".

"The progress they have made over the last couple of years leads me to believe they will finish this season with a trophy because it will be very tough for Manchester City to go through these final six weeks of the season without slipping up".

'Obviously in the second half they tried to change it up a little bit: some moments of danger, but I don't think there were any clear chances really.

"They had too many set-pieces because they are really good in there and we don't want to give them away but that's how it is".

"I ask all the fans to come to the game and create an atmosphere at the Dragao because we want everything on the field to even up the difference between the teams and hopefully we can get into the semi-finals".

Jürgen Klopp said Liverpool still have a fight on their hands to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League despite this comfortable win over Porto at Anfield.

"We should be confident anyway, it's a great time to be a Liverpool player and, hopefully, there are nine games left if everything goes well, fingers crossed".

Last season Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were Europe's most productive trio up front with 30 goals in the campaign.

The Brazil global has also cautioned against complacency next week.

Jurgen Klopp has often emphasised on the importance of the home crowd in pulling Liverpool to victories.

"We didn't use the right wing anymore in the same way that we did in the first half". Keita was lively throughout the game as he played a number of excellent passes and was involved in the buildup to Firminho's goal.

"Finding the 100% mix of control and being a threat constantly is hard but we were close to that. But we didn't give a lot away".

Spurs went on to win the game 1-0 courtesy of a second-half goal from Son Heung-min.

Klopp was also pleased with the "really, really good" Naby Keita, who opened the scoring after just five minutes, saying the midfielder delivered his most complete display since his close-season move from RB Leipzig.

"Situations like this always have a little bit of an impact, you could see that".

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