The Reds, who had a 100% winning record in Europe when they entered the match, were already guaranteed to finish first in their Champions League group. Second-placed Porto, on the other hand, needed at least one point to get to a comfortable position before the last match day.
Unfortunately, even a very changed Liverpool team was too much to deal with for the Portuguese guests, who lost 2-0. Despite seeing Sadio Mane’s first half ruled out, Porto failed to gather and put on a more respectable show.
The Anfield outfit continued to knock on Porto’s doors and finally broke the deadlock through Thiago Alcantara in the 52nd minute.
Mohamed salah then joined the party in the 70th minute and scored his team’s second and final goal of the night. Porto tried to bother Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, but could only call him into action once during the match.
The 2-0 win over Porto extended Liverpool’s perfect record in the UEFA Champions League this season.
Below we will take a look at the five players who helped the Reds achieve perfection against Porto on Wednesday:
# 5 Joel Matip
With Virgil van Dijk getting a much-needed break, Joel Matip started with Ibrahima Konate in the heart of Liverpool’s defense.
There was some concern about the experienced defender’s communication ability, or lack thereof, during the first half. But he grew in confidence as the match matured.
Apart from leadership, Matip enjoyed an excellent match. He was commanding in the air, won eight air tackles and did not let anyone dribble past him.
Matip also recorded four clearances and three tackles while delivering three long balls.
All in all, it was an impressive move by the 30-year-old who should have received a pat on the back by Jurgen Klopp.
# 4 Neco Williams
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rested some of his key players in Wednesday night’s meeting with FC Porto. First-choice right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was one of the absentees.
As a result, his understudy, Neco Williams, got to experience a magical Champions League night at Anfield.
The Welshman was responsible for holding the lid on Porto’s Luis Diaz. He struggled with his positioning early but wiped out the discomfort soon enough.
He was potent in both attack and defense and successfully recorded five dribbles, three tackles and two key passes.