Klopp 'sorry' for playing Liverpool's Henderson out of position

Klopp 'sorry' for playing Liverpool's Henderson out of position

Jurgen Klopp won't say it to anyone, but he's really hoping for a huge win that nearly guarantees a place in the semifinal. The Reds created plenty of chances to put a couple away and did enough defensively to keep the clean sheet, setting themselves up nicely for next week's second leg.

City are in action before Liverpool on Sunday at Selhurst Park, where they face Crystal Palace.

Last season, when Liverpool played Porto in the Champions League Round of 16, the Reds won the first leg in Portugal 5-0 and it enabled them to rest several key players for the second leg.

Keita made his second consecutive start after scoring his first Liverpool goal against Southampton on Friday and the Guinean continued where he left off from at St. Mary's.

"Porto will strike back, one hundred percent".

Owen was impressed with the manner of Liverpool's display and does not believe there is a team in Europe who would beat them at Anfield now. It will be a tough game but that is what you expect in the quarter-finals of Champions League.

Jordan Henderson, playing in a more advanced midfield position than normal, cut the visitors' defence open for the England global to square for Firmino to tap into an empty net.

"To score two goals in the last two games is very pleasing for him, but very important for all of us".




Alexander-Arnold's potential handball was the first incident under the microscope, with Liverpool escaping punishment despite the use of VAR, in stark contrast to Tottenham's Danny Rose who was penalised for handball against Manchester City in the night's other quarter-final tie.

Henderson has played 316 times for Liverpool since joining from Sunderland in 2011 and replaced club legend Steven Gerrard as captain in 2015.

"Salah was very fortunate not to be sent off for his challenge on Porto's Danilo Pereira, the Liverpool forward comes over the top of the ball and clearly plants his studs onto the shin of his opponent". Porto must be sick of the sight of Liverpool in the Champions League. He opened up play with a few exquisite through balls and it was one such through ball to Trent Alexander-Arnold which led to Roberto Firmino's second goal.

The England worldwide set-up Sadio Mane with a perfectly weighted clipped ball in the second half, but the goal was rightly ruled out for offside. We also saw one or two counter-attacks, but the rest of the game we played really well.

Liverpool have become accustomed to winning games late in recent weeks in their bid for a first Premier League title in 29 years.

"We still have a lot of work to do".

However, that proved a luxury that Liverpool could afford to take as they look set for a second Champions League semi-final in as many years.

"Two-nil is a really good result".

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