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Thiago Alcantara’s goal for Liverpool in Champions League win over Porto made Jurgen Klopp smile and stunned his teammates


Jurgen Klopp praised Thiago Alcantara’s “love at first sight” goal, while his Liverpool team-mates were in awe.

The 30-year-old broke the deadlock with a sublime 25-meter low half volley for the first time, which was later complemented by Mohamed Salah’s sixth European goal of the season as Porto were beaten in the Ligue des champions.

Thiago’s strike was a thing of beauty
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Thiago Alcantara’s goal for Liverpool in Champions League win over Porto made Jurgen Klopp smile and stunned his teammates
Klopp loved Thiago’s goal like the rest of us
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A smile beamed on Klopp’s face as he watched the rocket fly, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain watched in disbelief, Joel Matip rested his hands on his head with the same dread.

Andy Robertson simply wrote on Instagram: ‘Wow’.

This was only the second time Thiago has found the net in a troubled 14 months since joining a £ 20million transfer from Bayern Munich, but it was a strike worthy of the wait.

Klopp called it “amazing”, but admitted he wasn’t surprised.

“Anyone who sees Thiago in training knows he has the technique to do it but even with this technique it doesn’t always happen that he can fire such a thunderclap.

“It was good timing, a great goal.

Thiago Alcantara’s goal for Liverpool in Champions League win over Porto made Jurgen Klopp smile and stunned his teammates
Liverpool win against Porto
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“We needed a little luck at times; [Porto] came and had a great chance to counterattack which were difficult to defend but didn’t score and we scored twice and controlled the game much better in the second half.

While there is nothing to be done for Liverpool, who had already qualified for the round of 16, Klopp named a stronger-than-expected side with just four changes from Saturday’s win over Arsenal.

However, the evening went perfectly as in addition to maintaining their 100% record in the group stage, he was able to manage his team.

“We had a lot to think about: who has come back from injury, who has played a lot of games, who needs rest,” he added.

Thiago Alcantara’s goal for Liverpool in Champions League win over Porto made Jurgen Klopp smile and stunned his teammates
Salah also scored in the win for his 17th goal of the season
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“For this game, nobody felt like they needed a rest, it’s just the number of games to come, so we need them all in some kind of rhythm, that’s why the composition made sense.

“It worked out really well because no one was hurt so everything is fine.”

Liverpool scoffed at their so-called ‘Group of Death’ with their 15 point group stage record, but Klopp said now was not the time to assess how well they are playing.

“We could have lost this game tonight, we gave chances when they could have scored, so we shouldn’t overdo it because we were lucky at times,” he said.

Thiago Alcantara’s goal for Liverpool in Champions League win over Porto made Jurgen Klopp smile and stunned his teammates
Even Joel Matip couldn’t believe what he saw from his teammate
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“We had times where we weren’t cool to play against; I wasn’t expecting that tonight because we changed some decisive things to be honest.

“We didn’t expect the boys to be a squeezing machine right away, but to grow up in the game and that’s what happened.

“A lot of good things have happened tonight, but I’m not sure we should be making the mistake of saying we’re still this or that.

“We’ll find out at the end of the season – but we’re having a good time and we should try everything to keep this going.”



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