Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed he named the same XI from the Brentford draw to face Porto so his aspect might kind out key points on the pitch.
Klopp made only one enforced change from the thrilling Premier League encounter with Trent Alexander-Arnold dominated out because of a groin harm and changed by James Milner.
It was an improved efficiency too with Liverpool cruising to a different massive victory on the Estadio do Dragao – successful 5-1 within the Champions League Group B match.
After the sport, Klopp defined why he caught with 10 of the identical gamers, and famous how Porto had analysed the Brentford recreation.
He instructed BT Sport: “In the beginning, crucial factor is the end result. It’s a huge one away at Porto. Successful, and the best way we gained, makes it even higher.
“Efficiency sensible, it was good in a lot of moments. We might see Porto watched our final recreation at Brentford so that they began direct. We had our struggles once more however the boys are all human beings and that is one of many causes I did not wish to change it at this time, I needed to get it sorted on the pitch and that is what we did, step-by-step.
“We scored perhaps not essentially the most great objectives however necessary ones within the first half. Within the second half, we managed the sport. Porto had huge issues at this time – one centre-half out with a purple card after which Pepe could not play. I do not assume this partnership [in the game] had ever performed collectively earlier than and that provides you a chance earlier than the sport and at this time, we might use that.
“It was a very good evening for us. After the worldwide break, we play Atletico (Madrid) so we’ll see what the boys are like getting back from worldwide responsibility. Nothing has occurred however it’s a good begin.”
Subsequent up is one other big recreation as Liverpool host Manchester Metropolis – who misplaced 2-0 to PSG on Tuesday night – within the Premier League on Sunday, dwell on Sky Sports activities.
Liverpool head into the sport on a run of 18 video games unbeaten, however Klopp doesn’t assume the momentum will work of their favour.
He added: “It at all times helps, however towards Metropolis, it would not assist in any respect so we have to discover extra issues than solely momentum.
“We have to play higher than we did tonight, however that is clear anyway, however it will likely be a very completely different recreation. Metropolis will wish to strike again, for certain, however we’re at residence lastly after a number of video games with out our crowd, so let’s give it a go.”
Reward for Jones
It was one other stellar efficiency at Porto from Curtis Jones, who notched up three assists out of Liverpool’s 5 objectives, following on from a high quality purpose within the Premier League on Saturday.
Klopp mentioned of the midfielder: “Curtis performed an excellent recreation. He had a number of issues together with his abdomen beforehand, the physician got here into my room and mentioned we would have liked to regulate him, however I instructed him after the sport ‘no matter it’s, maintain it’!
“It actually was an excellent recreation. He was in every single place, concerned in every little thing, he arrange the primary purpose with a stunning end… There was different conditions too that perhaps weren’t as spectacular because the offensive stuff.
“Defensively, he performed a top-class recreation. He defended rather well and there have been a variety of issues I favored from his efficiency tonight. Let’s maintain going, Curtis.”
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson additionally had loads of reward for his team-mate, including: “Curtis has been incredible. On paper he’s so younger however I really feel like he has been across the first staff for years. He has settled and matured rather well. He has needed to be affected person however has are available and performed effectively. He has all of the attributes to be a prime participant.”
Henderson: An honour to achieve 400 video games
There was additionally one other massive milestone in Henderson’s profession as he reached 400 appearances for Liverpool on Tuesday night.
He instructed BT Sport: “I can not describe the sensation. I nonetheless get it each time I put the shirt on. It is an honour and hopefully I can do it many extra occasions sooner or later.
“It is positively not job performed as now we have 4 video games to play. We had two good performances, utilized ourselves effectively and received outcomes we deserved. It is a good begin however it’s removed from over.
“We’ll be disenchanted to concede as I believed we have been dominant all through the sport. We scored some sensible objectives and performed good soccer so now we have received to be happy as it’s a troublesome place to come back.”