Jurgen Klopp braced for 'intense' second leg against Porto

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Michael Owen believes Liverpool are certainties for the Champions League semi-finals after their first-leg victory over Porto.

Liverpool rarely threatened the Porto goal in the second half but with a two-goal advantage and no away goals conceded, Klopp will be pleased with the professional performance.

"He likes that position so it is my fault he played for one-and-a-half years as the holding player, but we needed him there". "Manchester City are still the favourites to win the Champions League and it is going to be tough".

Henderson, who was used in a more advanced midfield role yesterday evening, was a standout performer at Anfield in the first-leg.

"We deserved the win, 100 per cent, we scored two wonderful goals and we were - in a lot of situations - really unsafe, on the right side especially with Mo, Hendo and Trent, the crosses and the passes".

Mohamed Salah then forced Casillas into a low save with a sharp shot on the turn, but the Egyptian should have done better in the 22nd minute when he placed the ball wide when through on goal, after being played in by a sloppy Porto pass.

But he followed up an encouraging display last Friday against Southampton, in which he opened his goal-scoring account for Liverpool, by making an impression against the Portuguese champions.

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.

In the second half, Porto sat back and absorbed the pressure, They were happy to let Liverpool have the ball and waited for the opportune moment to break. Van Dijk has been pivotal for Liverpool in the heart of their defence, while Robertson has emerged as one of the best left-backs in Europe, having recorded nine assists in the league so far this season.

Later, Sadio Mané was adjudged to have been offside after steering home...

"We gave little situations away where the striker had the chance to finish in one-on-ones, but we didn't give a lot away". "We were still around the box and all that stuff, but for defending the counter-attacks we had to work really hard, and that costs you a little bit of rhythm".

Liverpool, who were losing Champions League finalists previous year, are top of the Premier League. 2-0 is a really, really good result.

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