Liverpool need improved performance in Porto to progress - Virgil Van Dijk

Florence Fletcher
April 11, 2019

"This game takes me back to my days as a player and our two matches against CSKA Sofia and they serve as a warning for Liverpool now", Virgin Media Sport pundit Souness told us.

The two teams meet again next Wednesday at Etihad Stadium. He obviously likes the position.

He added: "These two legs are like a normal game". The fine balance Liverpool must strike in maintaining their quest for European glory alongside ending a long wait for a top-flight title was in evidence as Klopp withdrew Mane and Firmino in the final quarter with one eye on Sunday's league visit of Chelsea. We were still around in the box and all that stuff, which was good, but defending counter-attacks we had to work really hard which costs you a little bit and you lose a bit of rhythm.

Marega's disappointing night in front of goal continued in the second half as more chances came and went, and the Reds fans inside a packed Anfield breathed a sigh of relief when a VAR review adjudged Trent Alexander-Arnold had not committed a handball offence when the ball rebounded off the England international's arm following a diving save by Alisson.

"We hammered them 5-0 at home and went through so easily, but we drew then the following years and they knocked us out". Liverpool really wants to win the Premier League, and if he's able to rest his main players in the second leg, Klopp may gain an advantage over Manchester City who has to deal with a tricky Tottenham side on the same day.

"2-0 is a really good result, I would have taken it before the game and I take it now", said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

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"We'll go there to play our game, hopefully we'll create chances and finish them off".

But if the Porto back-line thought that Bobby was done with them after that they're sorely wrong, for he displayed fantastic footwork, strength and awareness to completely bamboozle a full trio of them as the clocked ticked down towards 60 minutes. But he was in it from the start.

Klopp joked after the Porto game that he should say sorry to Henderson for playing him in the wrong position for the last 18 months.

"We didn't use the right wing anymore in the same way that we did in the first half".

If Liverpool is at all caught up in thinking about winning the tie in the first leg, that's where Porto may spoil the party. "We gave these little situations away where we had one-on-ones".

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