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Liverpool 2 Porto 0: Keita and Firminho Put Reds in Command

Liverpool 2 Porto 0: Keita and Firminho Put Reds in Command

"We've taken the first step", he told liverpoolfc.com.

Spurs now hold the advantage ahead of next week's second leg at the Etihad Stadium but Pochettino, despite the deserved victory, still regards City as the favourites. Obviously he had seen the England games and I felt good playing in that position.

"Two-nil is a very, very good result, but the game is still on".

The Liverpool man then spoke with Klopp and revealed how the Reds boss was willing to push him forward with Fabinho taking over the deeper role.

"We deserved the win, 100 per cent, we scored two wonderful goals and we were - in a lot of situations - really unsafe, on the right side especially with Mo, Hendo and Trent, the crosses and the passes".

However, that proved a luxury that Liverpool could afford to take as they look set for a second Champions League semi-final in as many years.

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"It was a brilliant performance". "We were still around the box and all that stuff, but for defending the counter-attacks we had to work really hard, and that costs you a little bit of rhythm".

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"I'm glad he can show it".

"But all good. Two-nil, the game is still on, we have to go there and fight".

Mohamed Salah ended his eight-game goal drought as Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League table with a 3-1 win at Southampton on Friday, but the Egyptian got his angles wrong when he failed to double the hosts' lead with just Casillas to beat moments later.

Jurgen Klopp won't say it to anyone, but he's really hoping for a huge win that nearly guarantees a place in the semifinal.

Liverpool's performance at Anfield on Tuesday left plenty to be desired, as they wasted some presentable chances and allowed Porto opportunities that a better team may have capitalised on.

One person called the World Cup victor a "sore loser" and told him to 'prepare to be knocked out again, ' alluding to Liverpool's 5-0 thrashing of Porto in the round of 16 last season. It was deflected, but it was a situation we wanted, the half-space we wanted to use. Liverpool and Porto meet again next Wednesday in Portugal.

The result extended Liverpool's unbeaten run at home in European competitions to 21 games (15 wins and six draws).

"I just thought that might give me a bit more licence to get forward more at times but you never know".