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Liverpool 2 Porto 0: Jurgen Klopp urges Reds to ‘fight again’ in Portugal

It’s advantage Liverpool after goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino

Uefa Champions League quarter-final first leg Liverpool 2 FC Porto 0  

Liverpool have one foot in the Champions League semi-finals after beating FC Porto 2-0 at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Jurgen Klopp’s side started the quarter-final first leg in fast fashion with midfielder Naby Keita scoring the opening goal after just five minutes.

Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino added the second after 26 minutes to give the Reds a 2-0 aggregate lead going into the second leg next week in Portugal.  

Speaking after the match Liverpool manager Klopp urged his side to continue the fight despite their advantage in the tie.

Klopp told BT Sport: “We are happy, it is the first leg and it will be an intense second game. We scored two goals and controlled the ball most of the time.

“We gave a few too many set pieces away - I think Porto score about 40% of their goals from set pieces. We also saw one or two counter attacks, but the rest of the game we played really well.

“We lost a little bit of direction in the second half, but there’s nothing to criticise, 2-0 is a very, very good result.

“We knew we had to play the second game and we cannot decide the tie tonight, so now we have to go there and fight again.”

The return fixture will be played at Porto’s Estádio do Dragão on Wednesday 17 April (8pm, live on BT Sport).

Champions League results and fixtures

Quarter-final first-leg results: Tuesday 9 April
  • Liverpool 2 FC Porto 0 
  • Tottenham Hotspur 1 Manchester City 0
First-leg fixtures: Wednesday 10 April
  • Ajax vs. Juventus (8pm, live on BT Sport 3) 
  • Manchester United vs. Barcelona (8pm, live on BT Sport 2)
Quarter-final second-leg fixtures
  • 16 April: Juventus vs. Ajax 
  • 16 April: Barcelona vs. Manchester United 
  • 17 April: Porto vs. Liverpool (0-2 on aggregate) 
  • 17 April: Manchester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (0-1 on aggregate)

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