Mohamed Salah wrapped up a 2-0 win at Anfield on Wednesday as the Reds took five out of five Group B wins.
After several changes, including a first Champions League appearance for young midfielder Tyler Morton, it was perhaps not surprising that Porto were breaking the traps with more offensive intent.
Luis Diaz and Mehdi Taremi were constant threats but a killer touch was missing for a side engulfed in a fight for second place with Atletico Madrid and AC Milan, which beat Diego Simeone’s side in Spain.
Their best chance saw Diaz running flawlessly and being in Otavio, but with most goals gaping he placed his shot aside.
Liverpool were a bit disjointed although the presence of Salah and Sadio Mane up front was a regular reminder of their potential to break the deadlock. The latter did so with a calm finish from Thiago’s incisive ball – only to be called up by VAR for an offside.
Mateus Uribe punched a shot just inches from a scorching goal early in the second half before Liverpool’s quality broke deadlock.
Thiago showed off his flawless technique after 52 minutes with a delicious 20-yard shot, his low training beating a crowd of bodies to nestle neatly into the bottom corner and give the Reds the advantage.
As with every game he plays these days, Salah then entered the scoresheet with a mark strike. Played on the right flank, the Egyptian cut on his left foot and scored his home effort, for the number 17 goal in his 17th appearance of the season.