Reds take two-goal advantage into second leg of Champions League quarter-final with comfortable win against Portuguese side

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Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino were both on the scoresheet in the first leg at Anfield

Liverpool took the advantage in the first leg of their Champions League clash with Porto.

Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino scored first half goals to give the Reds a 2-0 win at Anfield and a big advantage in the quarter-final tie.

Liverpool take a two goal advantage into the second leg

Liverpool take a two goal advantage into the second leg

Liverpool scored the opening goal after four minutes as Keita hit a shot from the edge of the area which took a deflection on its way into the goal.

Keita, who opened his Liverpool account in the 3-1 win at Southampton on Friday, took a pass from Roberto Firmino who had latched on to a low cross from Sadio Mane.

Firmino made it 2-0 after 26 minutes when he rolled the ball in from a low cross by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Roberto Firmino was involved in Liverpool’s first and second goal

Roberto Firmino was involved in Liverpool’s first and second goal

The Liverpool defender had got down the right and behind the Porto defence to reach a Jordan Henderson pass.

Alexander-Arnold squared the ball and Firmino had the simple job of rolling it over the line.

Liverpool survived a penalty appeal shortly after as Alisson Becker diverted the ball on to the arm of Alexander-Arnold.


Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz consulted VAR but decided not to award a spot-kick against Liverpool and the score remained 2-0.

It was comfortable in the end for the Reds despite a couple of scares from Porto.

Mohamed Salah was perhaps lucky to stay on the pitch with five minutes to go when it was judged his studs up challenge was not worthy of a red card.

More to follow…



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