Liverpool-Nimbus holds – Can and Klopp in the quarter-finals!
Liverpool – After a draw against FC Porto, Jürgen Klopp will enter the quarter-finals with FC Liverpool. The Reds keep the nimbus of the undefeated in the royal class.
Jürgen Klopp has walked easily into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with FC Liverpool.
After his 5-0 win in the first leg, the Premier League’s third-placed side were satisfied with a 0-0 win against Portugal’s leader FC Porto in the second leg of the league’s second leg, obviously sparing the league’s forces.
As a result, the Klopp squad remained unbeaten in the eighth game of the current competition – four victories, four draws (results and schedule).
Four days before the top game in the English championship at second place Manchester United, Klopp had offered a strong team despite his excellent starting position. Only striker Mohamed Salah and defender Virgil van Dijk took a break.
In front of 48,768 spectators on Anfield Road, former Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius spent a quiet evening against harmless Portuguese, with one exception. Of the eleven players who had begun in the first leg, only Diego Reyes was back in the starting line-up – they had apparently resigned themselves to the match.
The Spanish goalkeeper legend Iker Casillas came to his 167th goal. Used in the Champions League. For the 36-year-old top-class record player who leaves Porto this summer, it may have been his last appearance on the international stage.
Casillas was lucky at 31. Sadio Mane, who had scored three goals in the first leg of the second minute, failed at the post. The Reds, in which the German international Emre Can will play until his replacement in the 80th minute. After a solid performance in the second minute, they did not do more than necessary and were apparently already in Manchester with their thoughts.
This almost took revenge. The 52nd. In the ninth minute, Porto scored his first goal. Waris Majeed tested Karius with a long-range shot of 25 meters. But the favourite no longer allowed more. For Liverpool, former Hoffenheim-based Roberto Firmino still had a good opportunity.
The Berlin referee Felix Zwayer, who had no trouble with the match, made it easy for the protagonists in view of the friendly character.