Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp APOLOGISES for handling of captain Jordan Henderson

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp APOLOGISES for handling of captain Jordan Henderson

"We hoped it would be like this because last game he got better and better, minute by minute, so we wanted to build on it".

The 24-year-old scored the opener in the encounter, only five days after opening his account with the Reds against Southampton, to help his side grab a 2-0 advantage at Anfield ahead of the second leg in Portugal.

Ten months after their defeat in the Champions League final against Real Madrid, Liverpool are regarded as one of the favourites to win the title this season.

The result keeps Liverpool on track for a dream double - they lead the Premier League by two points from Manchester City - and Van Dijk believes it is possible to win both trophies.

This will no doubt be a tougher Champions League matchup than most people expect, and there might be a shock in the cards.

The English side had more chances to score - Mohamed Salah wasted a one-on-one after pouncing on an errant back pass - before Trent Alexander-Arnold was played through by Jordan Henderson and crossed for Firmino to tap into an empty net from close range in the 26th.

"We scored wonderful goals, we controlled the game most of the time". We didn't use the right wing in the same way we did in the first half.

Henderson has played 316 times for Liverpool since joining from Sunderland in 2011 and replaced club legend Steven Gerrard as captain in 2015.

The Mali worldwide was looking to become just the fourth player to score in seven successive Champions League matches. Keita was lively throughout the game as he played a number of excellent passes and was involved in the buildup to Firminho's goal.

There was another fortunate moment for the home side when a nasty-looking over-the-top challenge on Danilo from Mo Salah went unpunished, despite the Liverpool man missing the ball and connecting half-way up the Porto defender's shin.

The England global set-up Sadio Mane with a perfectly weighted clipped ball in the second half, but the goal was rightly ruled out for offside.

With a comfortable Champions League quarter-final first-leg victory in the bank, Liverpool's players returned to Melwood on Thursday and turned their attention to Sunday's Premier League clash with Chelsea. We also saw one or two counter-attacks, but the rest of the game we played really well.

"We still have a lot of work to do".

"He stated: "[We gave away] probably a few too many set-pieces, because they are really good at that and you don't want to give too many of them away.

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