Jurgen Klopp was left with plenty to smile about as Liverpool picked up a comfortable 5-1 win over Porto on Tuesday night.
Klopp’s men ran wild and the Reds never looked in danger at Estadio do Dragao.
Mo Salah broke through the deadlock 18 minutes later when he robbed Zaidu Sanusi, defender, just yards from his goal.
Sadio mane made it 20 Champions League goals for the club, scoring a simple tap in just before the break. Salah then wrapped up the points with a cool final after being played-in on the hour mark. Mehdi Taremi also scored a consolation for the hosts.
With the result already seemingly sown up, Roberto Firmino scored a quick brace, capitalising on a bizarre error from the onrushing Costa to slot the ball past him before
So after such a convincing win, Daily Star Sport looks at four things Klopp got right but one he got wrong.
Risking Salah & Mane
Risking both Salah and Mane with such an important game against Manchester City awaiting them at the weekend may have seemed a little unnecessary really.
They made quick work of Porto’s defense, despite the lackluster energy both players gave to the team.
Both players outperformed Diogo Jota at the no. They both outshone Diogo Jota in the no. 9 role.
Milner replacing Alexander-Arnold
With Joe Gomez and Neco Williams available, Klopp went with experienced utility man to do the job at right-back in place of the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Milner, 35 years old, seemed calm as he utilized his experience against a Porto side that was average to good effect.
Klopp’s decision was made even more logical when Gomez’s sloppy clearance resulted in Porto scoring their only goal of the evening.
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Klopp may have considered taking a cautiouser approach against Porto, after Saturday’s 3-3 defeat to Brentford.
The Germans were again a force of nature, and they proved it in Porto.
Klopp hopes that Salah and Mane can continue this kind of form in Sunday’s match against City, as Porto’s defenders are now looking like school boys.
The way in which Liverpool ended up dispatching Porto perhaps suggests that Klopp could have done with rotating his side a little more.
Klopp was able to field a team that was close to full strength, but many fringe players didn’t get the time they could have.
Liverpool’s group has won six points, with the Reds having six.