"We should be confident" - Virgil van Dijk on Liverpool FC ‘double dreams’

12 April, 2019, 10:16 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
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Keita and Firmino scored the goals as Liverpool saw off Porto. With the confidence of having eliminated Bayern Munich in the round of 16, it carried over for Jurgen Klopp's men, who played freely, confidently and defended well in numbers against a team that was able to eliminate Roma last time out.

With a month still to go, and plenty to play for, there could yet be a hero we have forgotten, but just as the players have made their picks for the PFA Team of the Year, so too have we at Eurosport.

"Obviously we know it's going to be a tough game and to score two good goals was very important but the clean sheet was the most important thing", said the Dutch player.

Against Porto, his excellent through ball played in Trent Alexander-Arnold, who crossed to Firmino for Liverpool's second goal.

Jurgen Klopp's side made the flawless start by breaking the deadlock inside the opening five minutes, then kept the pressure on to add a second before half-time.

However, that proved a luxury that Liverpool could afford to take as they look set for a second Champions League semi-final in as many years. 2-0 is a really, really good result.

There were a few more half-chances in the second half but Liverpool failed to make the scoreline a little bigger.

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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. They had one or two counterattacks, but no more.

Minutes later Firmino was galloping into acres of space in behind the Porto defence, but this time his deflected effort drifted just beyond Casillas's far post.

"The atmosphere in Porto will be really tough for us but this is a result we wanted before the game, now we have it and we have to work with it". However, he will have to be content with a 2-0 win after his players threw away some good opportunities to put the tie out of sight.

"Let's give everything we've got and have a well-deserved break after". When we didn't push up in the last line, they chipped the ball in-behind, and the striker was not alone in front of the goal but he had a promising situation at least.

He said: "The team we played against is a very strong candidate to win this Champions League".

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

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