Jürgen Klopp gave a passable impression of a Uefa PR executive in billing the reunion with Porto as tough for Liverpool. True, there was no slaying of the Dragons by his team this year. No real danger for them either. The Premier League leaders are on course for the Champions League semi-finals after controlling this first-leg tie with the experience and guile of seasoned campaigners.
It was not always serene for Klopp’s team at Anfield. Had visiting forward Moussa Marega converted one of several presentable chances for an away goal or Mohamed Salah been punished for a bad challenge on Danilo, the complexion of next Wednesday’s second leg would have been very different. Marega did not, Salah was not, and it underlined the comfort level Liverpool enjoyed that Klopp could substitute Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino in readiness for Sunday’s vital meeting with Chelsea. A far from taxing European victory and no injuries. Perfect, in other words, for a team chasing their dream of the Premier League title.
Source: Football News
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