The best photos as Liverpool reach Champions League semi-finals with 4-1 win in Porto

17 April 2019

Liverpool eventually ran out 4-1 winners in Porto to book a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League for the second season running.


After building a comfortable 2-0 cushion at Anfield, Liverpool’s task was all about delivering a professional performance to finish the job in Portugal.

Back at Estadio do Dragao where the Reds delivered a 5-0 rout last season, another emphatic victory was recorded.

Klopp expected a tough match and got an early taster for the intimidating atmosphere that faced his side before kick-off.

PORTO, PORTUGAL - Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC at Estádio do Dragão. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The German made three changes to his starting team, handing a surprise start to Divock Origi alongside introducing James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum.

PORTO, PORTUGAL - Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Liverpool's players line-up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC at Estádio do Dragão. Back row L-R: Mohamed Salah, goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Joel Matip, Divock Origi, Virgil van Dijk, Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho'. Front row L-R: Georginio Wijnaldum, captain James Milner, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)PORTO, PORTUGAL - Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Liverpool's players line-up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC at Estádio do Dragão. Back row L-R: Mohamed Salah, goalkeeper Alisson Becker, Joel Matip, Divock Origi, Virgil van Dijk, Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho'. Front row L-R: Georginio Wijnaldum, captain James Milner, Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Porto came out all guns blazing and it was a very nervy first 20 minutes as the hosts dominated the battle against the changed midfield.

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)

On 26 minutes, totally against the run of play, the priceless away goal came as Sadio Mane slid in to convert Mohamed Salah’s ball across.

There was an anxious wait as VAR was needed to confirm it was onside…

PORTO, PORTUGAL - Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Referee Danny Makkelie consults VAR 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)

But it was well worth the wait!

PORTO, PORTUGAL - Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first 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)

PORTO, PORTUGAL - Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal with team-mated Virgil van Dijk uring 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)

Mane’s goal changed the game, damaging Porto’s belief, and it was a different match after the break as the Reds took control.

Salah soon doubled the lead, slotting under Iker Casillas after being found by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s defence-splitting pass.

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 Estádio do Dragão. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Felipe pulled one back for the hosts, heading home from a corner to restore some respectability—much to Alisson‘s frustration.

PORTO, PORTUGAL - Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker reacts 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)

But Roberto Firmino, excellent after coming on at half-time, restored the two-goal cushion and ended the tie once and for all, heading in Jordan Henderson’s cross.

PORTO, PORTUGAL - Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the third 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)

With six minutes remaining, Virgil van Dijk got in on the act, also heading home to add some gloss to the scoreline.

PORTO, PORTUGAL - Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC at Estádio do Dragão. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There were trademark hugs all round post-match, with Alisson one of the lucky recipients!

PORTO, PORTUGAL - Wednesday, April 17, 2019: Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp celebrates with goalkeeper Alisson Becker after the 4-1 (6-1 on aggregate) victory 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)

It’s a fantastic achievement to reach the semi-finals for the second season in a row, setting up a mouth-watering tie against Barcelona.

More importantly, the progression keeps dreams of a sensational league and European Cup double alive.

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