Liverpool v FC Porto | 24th November 2021

Liverpool
Champions League: Liverpool v FC Porto
Venue: Anfield Date: Wednesday, 24 November Kick-off: 20:00 GMT

Commentary

1st minute – Liverpool got the Champions League tie against FC Porto underway. Kicking from right to left.

This is the ninth meeting between the two sides and FC Porto have not won in any of them.

2nd minute – An early corner for Porto was cleared with ease by Matip.

8th minute – Otávio crossed the ball into the Liverpool box which hit Matip before going just wide of the target.

Porto corner.

12th minute – Diaz broke free down the left. He squared the ball to Otavio who had an empty net in front of him, somehow he knocked the ball off target. Liverpool goal kick.

14th minute – Oxlaide-Chamberlain took a short corner to Williams, he in turn crossed the ball into the Porto box where Matip headed the ball goal wards. Easy save for Meireles Costa.

20th minute – Tsimikas crossed a corner in which Konate met with his head. His header was saved by Meireles Costa in the Porto goal.

FC Porto Sub | 25th minute

Cardoso on | Pepe off

28th minute – A poor pass out from Meireles Costa landed at the feet of Morton in the midfield, he played Mo Salah in on goal but he was offside.

29th minute – A yellow card was shown to Konate for a foul on Otávio.

32nd minute – Otávio found himself in space near the penalty spot from a long throw in by Sanusi.

His shot went high over the bar. Liverpool goal kick.

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37th minute – Sadio Mane was played through on goal by Thiago.

Mane slotted the ball home from close range.

The goal was ruled out by VAR for an offside against Mane.

Liverpool 0-0 FC Porto

40th minute – A yellow card was shown to Uribe for a foul on Thiago.

42nd minute – Otávio played Taremi in on goal which he tried to square across the penalty area, he should have gone for goal.

Good defending by Tyler Morton for Liverpool.

45th minute – Thiago found Salah in space with a long cross field pass. Salah passed to Mane who ran at the Porto backline before having a shot deflected wide of the goal.

Liverpool corner.

(Half-time) Liverpool 0-0 FC Porto

Second-half

46th minute – FC Porto restarted the game.

47th minute – A free header by Taremi went off target. Liverpool goal kick.

49th minute – A Porto free kick on their right was crossed into the box.

Uribe was in space as the ball fell to his feet, he swivelled before shooting wide of the goal. Liverpool goal kick.

52nd minute GOAL | Liverpool 1-0 FC Porto

Thiago smashed a 30 yard shot which flew into the back of the net. No one should be scoring from that range.

59th minute – Alisson made a pigs ear of a pass out from the back. Porto could not capitalise on the mistake.

Liverpool Subs | 63rd minute

Andy Robertson on | Tsimikas off

Jordan Henderson on | Thiago off

FC Porto Subs | 64th minute

Conceição on | Sérgio Oliveira off

Vitinha on | Taremi off

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70th minute GOAL | Liverpool 2-0 FC Porto

Mo Salah received the ball from Jordan Henderson. The Egyptian twinkle toed his way into the box before placing the ball into the bottom corner.

Liverpool Subs | 72nd minute

Fabinho on | Salah off

Origi on | Mane off

75th minute – A yellow card was shown to Mbemba for a foul on Origi.

76th minute – Henderson struck a free kick from the edge of the box. His effort went wide of the goal.

FC Porto Subs | 77th minute

Martinez on | de Lima Barbosa off

Grujic on | Uribe off

Liverpool Sub | 82nd minute

James Milner on | Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain off

88th minute – A yellow card shown to James Milner.

90+1 minute – James Milner shot from the edge of the box. Shot saved with ease.

(Full-time) Liverpool 2-0 FC Porto


STARTING LINE-UP

PRE-MATCH

Liverpool face FC Porto at Anfield knowing that they have already qualified for the Champions League knockout stage.

No doubt that anything but a win for Klopp will still be on the cards though. It will also give the Liverpool boss a chance to give some of his fringe players a run-out.

Andy Robertson is available to face Porto if needed, he missed out last week due to injury.

Pepe for the visitors will be looking to notch up his 100th appearance in the Champions League. He becomes only the second Portuguese player to do so with Ronaldo being the other.

Liverpool won the reverse fixture 5-1 in September and have won the last three meetings between the two sides by an aggregate score of 11-2.

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Takumi Minamino is likely to get a run-out for the Reds along with academy graduate Tyler Morton.

Minamino scored in Liverpool’s previous game against Arsenal with his first touch after coming off of the bench.