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Liverpool maintain perfect record with 2-0 win over Porto

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  • Liverpool record fifth straight Champions League win this season
  • Thiago and Salah on course in second half
  • Tyler Morton makes Champions League debut

LIVERPOOL, England, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Second-half targets by Thiago Alcantara and Mohamed Salah earned a below-strength Liverpool a 2-0 win over Porto to maintain their 100% record in Champions League Group B on Wednesday.

Porto, who began the day second within the group behind already-qualified Liverpool, wasted quite a few first-half alternatives and have been made to pay a heavy value.

Their record towards Liverpool now stands at performed 10, drawn three and misplaced seven.

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Liverpool, with the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson rested, went forward via Thiago’s beautiful low strike within the 52nd minute earlier than Salah made the factors protected with a scientific end within the seventieth.

Juergen Klopp’s facet have a most 15 factors from their 5 matches and matched a exceptional record as they grew to become the primary English membership to attain two targets in 16 successive video games in all competitions since Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1939.

Porto retain hopes of becoming a member of Liverpool within the final 16, nevertheless, as they held on to second place with 5 factors due to Atletico Madrid’s 1-0 house defeat by AC Milan.

Porto host Atletico (4) of their ultimate match within the group with Milan (4) internet hosting Liverpool.

“So many good things happened tonight, players got minutes, rhythm, confidence, nobody got hurt,” Klopp mentioned. “Thiago’s goal… wow!”

FRINGE PLAYERS

With prime spot already assured it was an evening for a few of Liverpool’s fringe gamers to impress, as 19-year-old Tyler Morton made his Champions League debut and Takumi Minamino earned a uncommon begin.

Yet they struggled within the first half by which Porto have been the higher and extra keen facet.

The Portuguese champions have been near taking the lead when Mehdi Taremi’s glancing header deflected off Joel Matip and went narrowly huge of Alisson’s publish.

Evanilson then had a shot blocked by Ibrahima Konate however Porto’s finest likelihood arrived when Colombian Luis Diaz raced away and squared for Otavio who sliced horribly huge underneath stress from Kostas Tsimikas.

Liverpool often modified gear and thought they’d gone forward when Thiago’s move cut up the Porto defence and Sadio Mane ran via to attain. However, his celebrations on his fiftieth European recreation for Liverpool have been reduce brief by a VAR examine which confirmed he had been fractionally offside.

Porto coach Sergio Conceicao was then livid earlier than halftime as Taremi bizarrely opted to attempt to select a crew mate when he had the possibility to check Alisson.

The possibilities saved arriving for Porto in the beginning of the second half with Mateus Uribe’s shot on the flip flashing previous the publish and so they have been quickly to remorse their profligacy.

In the 52nd minute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s free kick was headed out and the elegant Thiago met a bouncing ball on the sting of the world with the sweetest of low strikes with the surface of his proper foot to ship a skimming shot arrowing previous keeper Diogo Costa and contained in the publish.

“The goal was the beauty I like to bring in football,” Thiago mentioned of his first Champions League aim for Liverpool.

Salah then mixed with substitute Henderson earlier than reducing in from the fitting and beating Costa with a left-foot shot for his sixth aim to date within the group stage.

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Reporting by Martyn Herman
Editing by Toby Davis

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