Fortuitous Naby Keita Goal Sees Liverpool Take Quarter-Final Lead

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It didn't feature Xherdan Shaqiri or Adam Lallana, the playmakers who have occasionally provided more magic. It's nothing to criticise but it was obvious, and 2-0 is still a good result.

Mane has scored 20 goals in all competitions this season including his 17 in the Premier League.

The visitors fired an early warning shot with Moussa Marega blasting narrowly wide in the second minute but the home side took the lead three minutes later through a Keita shot which deflected off Porto midfielder Oliver Torres and beat the helpless Iker Casillas. The second was magnificent.

He slipped in an inch-perfect ball between Porto's left-back and centre-back, Alexander-Arnold crossed for Firmino, who passed the ball across the face of goal for Firmino who could not miss.

It was the type of goal Manchester City have made a habit of scoring this season, and Liverpool can't quite escape that comparison. A much better performance from the Brazilian compared to Friday.

If De Bruyne sounds irritated, it's not because of the state of City's campaign.

Danilo have admitted that Liverpool are going into the tie having the upper hand but assured they will aim to make life hard for Jurgen Klopp's men.

Both Keita and Henderson were excellent here.

Mane thought he had scored the third just after half-time but VAR upheld the assistant referee's decision to flag him offside and from that point Liverpool lost their way somewhat as Porto, who have now not won in any of their 20 visits to England, chose to make a game of it.




"Today he [Keita] was immediately there", Klopp said afterwards.

"We hoped it would be like this because the last game he got better and better until the last minute so we wanted to build on that", said Klopp.

"Overall it was a really good performance".

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

Fabinho has really picked up his game during the past couple of months and he is a guaranteed starter on Tuesday in central midfield alongside Jordan Henderson.

The Liverpool forward comes over the top of the ball and clearly plants his studs onto the shin of his opponent. Last season, he was relatively effective in the position, because Liverpool pressed so hard.

FW Divock Origi, N/R - The Belgian has played his way back into Klopp's thoughts and is getting fairly regular playing time of late.

"Sorry about that, but we needed him there".

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