Klopp lauds 'brilliant' Henderson Keita in Liverpool's win over Porto

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Klopp's team created enough chances - particularly in the first half - to have won by more, but their manager will be delighted with both the result and the performance.

It's worth acknowledging that Heung-min Son, who has arguably been Tottenham's best player this season, scored the victor after Kane left the pitch, but it's also worth acknowledging Kane was replaced by Lucas Moura.

Jordan Henderson played Trent Alexander-Arnold through down the inside-right channel with a precise through ball.

He couldn't, however, entirely make up for a odd Liverpool performance.

The second period was not as frantic as the first as Porto dropped deeper and Liverpool struggled to break them down.

Milner released Mane down the left and his cross was controlled by Firmino to lay-off for Keita to beat Iker Casillas thanks to a deflection off Oliver Torres sending the ball ballooning high into the net.

And, while Klopp would argue that the creativity instead comes from the full-backs - evidenced by another assist for young Alexander-Arnold here - Liverpool's lack of goals from midfield is nevertheless a weakness.

The former was everything Liverpool thought they'd purchased last summer, a mixture of combative tackling in deep-lying positions and slaloming runs past opponents into the final third. Some of his passing was uncharacteristically sloppy, but overall, another good performance from a player who seems to have nailed down that No. 6 role.

"It was a bit stop start and we could have been better second half". One of our analysts said they had scored around 40 per cent of their goals from set pieces, but we defended them well.

"We hoped it would be like this because the last game he got better and better until the last minute so we wanted to build on that", said Klopp. His goal was lovely. There were gaps which Porto's players will feel they could and should have exploited. It comes from a corner that Liverpool can't clear. The way the Brazilian drifts between the lines makes him a nightmare for defenders but a dream for Klopp's system. Liverpool's attentions will swiftly turn to Sunday's match at home to Chelsea as they continue their fight for the Premier League title.

But Porto quickly reminded Liverpool all was not over. Porto played their part in an entertaining game Tuesday and had numerous chances to grab a vital away goal, but having kept a clean sheet, the Merseysiders will now be strong favourites to go through to the last four.

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