Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed he has appointed a similar XI from Brentford’s draw to face Porto so his side can sort out key issues on the pitch.
Klopp has made just one forced change from the thrilling Premier League encounter with Trent Alexander-Arnold ruled out with a groin injury and replaced by James Milner.
It was also a performance improvement with Liverpool en route to another big win at the Estadio do Dragao – winning 5-1 in the Champions League Group B game.
After the game Klopp explained why he stayed with 10 of the same players and noted how Porto analyzed Brentford’s game.
He said BT Sport: “First and foremost, the most important thing is the result. It’s a huge game in Porto. Winning, and the way we won, makes it even better.
“Performance-wise it was good in a lot of moments. We could see Porto watching our last game at Brentford so they started straight away. We still struggled but the boys are all human and so on. ‘is one of the reasons I didn’t want to change it today, I wanted to sort it out on the pitch and that’s what we did, step by step.
“We might not have scored the most wonderful goals but the most important ones in the first half. In the second half we controlled the game. Porto had some big problems today – a half. center with a red card, then Pepe couldn’t play. I don’t think this partnership [in the game] had played together before and that gives you an opportunity before the game and today we could use it.
“It was a very good night for us. After the international break, we play against Atletico (Madrid) so we’ll see how the boys are back from international service. Nothing happened but it’s a good one. start.”
Next up is another huge game as Liverpool host Manchester City – who lost 2-0 to PSG on Tuesday night – in the Premier League on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
Liverpool enter the game with an 18-game unbeaten streak, but Klopp doesn’t think the momentum will work in his favor.
He added: “It always helps, but against City it doesn’t help at all, so we have to find more things than just momentum.
“We have to play better than tonight, but it’s clear anyway, but it will be a completely different game. City will want to retaliate for sure, but we’re finally home after a few games without our crowd, so let’s go. “
Praise to Jones
It was another stellar performance at Porto from Curtis Jones, who notched three assists out of Liverpool’s five goals, after a fine Premier League goal on Saturday.
Klopp said of the midfielder: “Curtis played a good game. He had some stomach issues beforehand, the doctor came into my room and said we had to keep an eye on him, but I told him after the game. is, keep it ‘!
“It was a really good game. He was everywhere, involved in everything, he scored the first goal with a surprising finish… There were also other situations that maybe weren’t as spectacular as the offensive stuff. .
“Defensively he played a first class game. He defended really well and there are a lot of things that I liked about his performance tonight.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson also praised his teammate, adding: “Curtis has been fantastic. On paper he is so young but I feel like he is part of the first team. For years. He settled down and matured very well. He had to be patient but he played well. He has all the attributes to be a top player. “
Henderson: An honor to reach 400 games
There was also another milestone in Henderson’s career as he reached 400 appearances for Liverpool on Tuesday night.
He said BT Sport: “I can’t describe the feeling. I always get it every time I put on the jersey. It’s an honor and I hope I can do it many times in the future.
“It’s certainly not a job done because we have four games to play. We had two good performances, we applied well and got results we deserved. It’s a good start but it’s far away. to be finished.
“We will be disappointed to concede as I thought we were dominant throughout the game. We scored brilliant goals and played good football so we have to be happy because it’s a tough place to come.”