Liverpool lashes Porto, advances in Champions League

Jurgen Klopp laughs off ‘best team in the world’ tag from Porto counterpart

Jurgen Klopp laughs off ‘best team in the world’ tag from Porto counterpart

Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool side made a "big statement" by thrashing Porto to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for a second successive year. Today we knew it was possible, we prepared a strategy that I think was appropriate, and at first we did well at all levels.

Captain Jordan Henderson has recently been used in a more attacking role to great success, with one goal and two assists in his last two league games against Southampton and Chelsea.

So it proved, as after surviving a barrage of early pressure in northern Portugal on Wednesday, Sadio Mane's 26th-minute strike broke Porto hearts and set Liverpool on their way to a 4-1 win on the night.

"Of course we can enjoy the victories a little, but we are always thinking about the next opponent".

"It is first time for me to play Barcelona, apart from in friendlies".

"I'm looking forward to it". Lionel Messi has taken a liking to facing English sides in the competition with 24 goals, which is twice as many as any other player; he is yet to score against Liverpool, although he has only faced them twice back in the 2006/07 season.

"We have been together for a while, we needed to be more mature", Klopp said.

"I told the boys to keep going and they said "no, wait". It's not that we forget how to play football. "Going to the semifinals, I think we are the only ones who were last in the semi-finals and again in the semi-final so that's really special for us".

'It's so difficult not to drop points at this stage but they are managing to go with good situations and they are in the Champions League too and that makes it even harder.

The Argentine was simply the best performer as Barca sent Man United packing from the Champions League, on a 4-0 aggregate win, with the playmaker netting a brace in the first half.

Within 100 seconds Jesus Corona had powered into Liverpool's area and curled a shot narrowly over the crossbar.

"The result is unfair, but these things happen in football", Pepe said. Porto's lone goal came through a 69th-minute header by Militao, the defender who is joining Real Madrid at the end of the season.

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