Liverpool vs FC Porto: Keita, Firmino score as Reds defeat Porto 2-0 in UCL

Liverpool vs FC Porto: Keita, Firmino score as Reds defeat Porto 2-0 in UCL

- Liverpool vs Porto ended 2-0 in favour the Merseysiders as Keita and Firmino with the goals

- This was the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals between both sides at Anfield

- Porto will be hoping to stage a comeback in the second leg in Portugal for a chance to qualify for the semis

Liverpool continued with their impressive campaign in the Champions League on Tuesday night, April 9, after defeating Portugal's FC Porto 2-0 in the first leg of their quarter finals tie played at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp made a few changes to the side that defeated Southampton at St. Mary's on Friday, April 5, in a Premier League clash.

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James Milner replaced suspended Andy Robertson at left-back, with Jordan Henderson stepping in for Gini Wijnaldum who picked up an injury against the Saints.

Dejan Lovren came in for Joel Matip in central defence, making his first start since for the Reds since January.

The Tuesday clash started in earnest as both sides sought to make an immediate impact in the opening exchanges of the match.

However, it was the hosts who took the lead within just five minutes of game play courtesy of Naby Keita who had his shot take a deflection off Oliver Torres to sail into the top right-hand corner.

Roberto Firmino doubled the lead 21 minutes later, tapping home a low cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The visitors had a chance to pull one back in the 29th minute through Moussa Marega, but the striker's effort was saved amid a hint of a handball that was dismissed after the referee consulted the VAR.

Upon the resumption of the second half, the hosts nearly made it 3-0 in the 48th minute through Sadio Mane, but the Senegalese's effort that found the back of the net was ruled out for an offside.

Klopp's men survived a late scare from Porto in the dying minutes of the match as Telles and Brahimi combined well down the left blank in an attempt to bag a precious away goal.

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However, Liverpool managed to hold on to claim a 2-0 vital victory ahead of the second leg of the fixture in Portugal.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Liverpool supporters got married after meeting at the fan club's branch in Singapore as Mr and Mrs Han's ceremony went viral.

The couples danced to the Reds theme song "You'll Never Walk Alone", while the bridesmaids and best men were wearing the famous red jersey. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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