Porto 1-4 Liverpool: Player Ratings – What the media and statistics say

18 April 2019

Liverpool beat Porto 4-1 and reached the Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday, with some usual suspects earning glowing reviews.


The Reds started poorly at the Estadio do Dragao, although the hosts’ early pressure was no great surprise.

Sadio Mane quickly eased any nerves, however, finding the net from Mohamed Salah‘s pass after VAR overruled an initial offside decision.

Salah himself doubled the lead after being sent clean through in the second half, but Eder Militao got a goal back for Porto.

It was left to Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk to deliver the final blows, completing a 6-1 aggregate triumph and setting up a huge semi-final meeting with Barcelona.

Here we compare our player ratings with those from the Liverpool Echo, the Mirror, the Independent, Sky Sports, Anfield Index, FotMob and the This Is Anfield readers:

Mane (7.9) is in devastating form at the moment and it was no great surprise to see him as Liverpool’s joint-highest rated player.

Ian Doyle of the Echo felt the Senegalese was Liverpool’s “greatest attacking threat,” despite missing a second-half sitter.

Anfield Index’s Aaditya Narayan even described Mane as “stunning,” as he took his goal tally to 22 for the campaign.

Level with Mane on the night was Salah (7.9), who has returned to top form and scored in three of his last four appearances.

PORTO, PORTUGAL - Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC at Est·dio do Drag„o. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Mirror‘s David Maddock believes he “really is back,” as those who have doubted the 26-year-old continue to look foolish.

Van Dijk (7.8) was again excellent—when hasn’t he been this season?—with FotMob revealing that he won eight duels and made seven ball recoveries, along with scoring a goal for good measure.

Doyle did argue that Liverpool’s towering centre-back was “all over the place during the opening 15 minutes,” however, which there was a little bit of truth in.

Gini Wijnaldum (6.2) and James Milner (6.2) came in for Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita, but neither took their opportunity in Portugal.

PORTO, PORTUGAL - Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC at Est·dio do Drag„o. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Both were guilty of losing the midfield battle and leaving Fabinho (7.3) isolated early on, with this writer describing Wijnaldum as the Reds’ “most frustrating player” in This Is Anfield’s ratings.

Firmino’s huge impact from the substitutes’ bench also didn’t go unnoticed with the TIA readers, having voted him the joint-best player along with Salah.

Next on the agenda for Liverpool is the latest must-win game in the Premier League title race, as the Reds visit Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.

Man City host Tottenham first on Saturday afternoon—here’s hoping Spurs can do Klopp’s men an enormous favour before the trip to Wales.

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