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Porto 1-5 Liverpool: Reds claim another handsome win in Portugal

By Steve SutcliffeBBC Sport
Mohamed Salah scores
Liverpool have scored three or more goals in six consecutive matches for only the third time in the club's history

Liverpool inflicted another heavy defeat on Porto to remain top of their Champions League group.

Jurgen Klopp's side were superb throughout as they maintained their 100% start in the competition.

Mohamed Salah's prodded finish set them on their way at the Estadio do Dragao, which once again proved a happy hunting ground.

And with memories of 4-1 and 5-0 victories in recent campaigns fresh in the mind they delivered a performance brimming with pace, precision and energy.

Sadio Mane extended their lead on the stroke of half-time with a back-post tap in and with the Reds wearing black armbands to mourn the death of Roger Hunt, fittingly Salah - their modern-day equivalent - contributed his second with a clinical finish into the bottom right corner.

Mehdi Taremi's header briefly gave the hosts heart but Roberto Firmino added the fourth for Liverpool with home goalkeeper Diogo Costa stranded after woefully charging up the pitch to attempt to clear.

And the Brazilian rounded off a comprehensive victory late on after pouncing on a rebound from Curtis Jones' volley.

In Tuesday's other Group B fixture Luis Suarez scored a stoppage-time penalty as Atletico Madrid won 2-1 at AC Milan.

Stylish Liverpool sweep Porto aside

Porto and their manager Sergio Conceicao must be weary of hosting Liverpool in this competition.

The Portuguese side have now conceded 14 goals in Liverpool's last three visits to the Iberian Peninsula though they contributed to their own downfall in part with 22-year-old goalkeeper Costa culpable for two if not three of the Reds' goals.

Porto were also hampered by the loss of veteran defender Pepe and his wiles in the warm-up, while midfielder Otavio limped off early on with the score at 0-0.

And while Porto attempted to press Liverpool, whenever possible they were too often carved open by the slick football on display from Klopp's side.

It was the sort of display that if produced later in the competition would mark the Reds out as potential winners, and it was heavily influenced from midfield.

Jordan Henderson making his 400th appearance for the visitors was excellent, demanding the ball at every opportunity and combining his defensive duties with some intelligent passing and movement to set Liverpool on the attack.

But even he was overshadowed by 20-year-old Jones, who was involved in four of Liverpool's five goals and aside from central defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip played more passes (72) than any other visiting player.

Jones' change of pace allowed him to get a shot that diverted to Salah for the first and he showed wonderful presence of mind to slide in the Egyptian for his second.

And it was his ball forward that caused confusion and embarrassment in the Porto defence for the first of Firmino's two goals.

Player of the match

Mohamed SalahMohamed Salah

with an average of 8.66

FC Porto

  1. Squad number17Player nameJM Corona
    Average rating

    4.52

  2. Squad number9Player nameTaremi
    Average rating

    4.46

  3. Squad number7Player nameDíaz
    Average rating

    4.44

  4. Squad number2Player nameFábio Cardoso
    Average rating

    4.43

  5. Squad number16Player nameGrujic
    Average rating

    4.34

  6. Squad number50Player nameFábio Vieira
    Average rating

    4.33

  7. Squad number5Player nameMarcano
    Average rating

    4.30

  8. Squad number99Player nameDiogo Costa
    Average rating

    4.25

  9. Squad number27Player nameSérgio Oliveira
    Average rating

    4.22

  10. Squad number12Player nameSanusi
    Average rating

    4.22

  11. Squad number29Player nameAntonio Martínez
    Average rating

    4.20

  12. Squad number8Player nameUribe
    Average rating

    4.20

  13. Squad number25Player nameOtávio
    Average rating

    4.17

  14. Squad number20Player nameVitinha
    Average rating

    4.00

  15. Squad number22Player nameWendell
    Average rating

    3.93

  16. Squad number11Player namePepê
    Average rating

    3.72

Liverpool

  1. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    8.66

  2. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino
    Average rating

    8.61

  3. Squad number17Player nameJones
    Average rating

    8.59

  4. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
    Average rating

    8.31

  5. Squad number10Player nameMané
    Average rating

    8.13

  6. Squad number4Player namevan Dijk
    Average rating

    8.10

  7. Squad number7Player nameMilner
    Average rating

    8.08

  8. Squad number3Player nameFabinho
    Average rating

    8.00

  9. Squad number14Player nameHenderson
    Average rating

    7.97

  10. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    7.84

  11. Squad number32Player nameMatip
    Average rating

    7.83

  12. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota
    Average rating

    7.82

  13. Squad number12Player nameGomez
    Average rating

    7.53

  14. Squad number15Player nameOxlade-Chamberlain
    Average rating

    7.31

  15. Squad number18Player nameMinamino
    Average rating

    7.26

  16. Squad number27Player nameOrigi
    Average rating

    6.83

Line-ups

FC Porto

Formation 4-4-2

  • 99Meireles Costa
  • 17JM Corona
  • 2Cardoso
  • 5Marcano
  • 12SanusiSubstituted forWendellat 56'minutes
  • 25OtávioSubstituted forVieiraat 14'minutes
  • 27OliveiraSubstituted forAquino Cossaat 67'minutes
  • 8UribeSubstituted forVitinhaat 56'minutes
  • 7Díaz
  • 9Taremi
  • 29MartínezSubstituted forGrujicat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Marchesín
  • 10Conceição
  • 11Aquino Cossa
  • 16Grujic
  • 18Manafá Jancó
  • 20Vitinha
  • 22Wendell
  • 23Neto Lopes
  • 28Almeida Costa
  • 30de Lima Barbosa
  • 31Chipela Gomes
  • 50Vieira

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 7MilnerSubstituted forGomezat 66'minutes
  • 32Matip
  • 4van Dijk
  • 26Robertson
  • 14HendersonSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 73'minutes
  • 3Fabinho
  • 17Jones
  • 11SalahSubstituted forFirminoat 67'minutes
  • 20JotaSubstituted forOrigiat 88'minutes
  • 10ManéSubstituted forMinaminoat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Konaté
  • 8Keïta
  • 9Firmino
  • 12Gomez
  • 13Adrián
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 18Minamino
  • 21Tsimikas
  • 27Origi
  • 47Phillips
  • 62Kelleher
  • 76N Williams
Referee:
Sergey Karasev
Attendance:
23,520

Match Stats

Home TeamFC PortoAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home6
Away21
Shots on Target
Home3
Away13
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Porto 1, Liverpool 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Porto 1, Liverpool 5.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Mehdi Taremi (FC Porto).

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Takumi Minamino (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Diogo Costa.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Divock Origi replaces Diogo Jota.

  8. Post update

    Fabinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Fábio Vieira (FC Porto).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Curtis Jones (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  11. Post update

    VAR Decision: Goal FC Porto 1-5 Liverpool (Roberto Firmino).

  12. Goal!

    Goal! FC Porto 1, Liverpool 5. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a set piece situation.Goal awarded following VAR Review.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Curtis Jones (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Curtis Jones (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jesús Corona (FC Porto).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Joseph Gomez (Liverpool).

  17. Post update

    Fábio Vieira (FC Porto) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! FC Porto 1, Liverpool 4. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) left footed shot from long range on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Curtis Jones.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! FC Porto 1, Liverpool 3. Mehdi Taremi (FC Porto) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Fábio Vieira with a cross.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Jordan Henderson.

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