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 came out all guns blazing and it was a very nervy first 20 minutes as the hosts dominated the battle against the changed midfield.
There was an anxious wait as VAR was needed to confirm it was onside…
But it was well worth the wait!
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.
Felipe pulled one back for the hosts, heading home from a corner to restore some respectability—much to Alisson‘s frustration.
With six minutes remaining, Virgil van Dijk got in on the act, also heading home to add some gloss to the scoreline.
There were trademark hugs all round post-match, with Alisson one of the lucky recipients!
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.