Leg advantage to dominant Liverpool

Leg advantage to dominant Liverpool

Leg advantage to dominant Liverpool

It's nothing to criticise but it was obvious, and 2-0 is still a good result. Scored the opening goal and played wonderfully well both on and off the ball.

Keita hit the back of the net first for the Reds, before Trent Alexander-Arnold laid it on a plate for Roberto Firmino.

The goals, naturally, will steal the attention, but Keita at his best will offer so much more. The first was fortunate, with Keita's shot from the edge of the box deflecting off Oliver Torres and looping past Iker Casillas.

Xherdan Shaqiri is back from injury and was on the bench against the Saints which means the Swiss could be used as a second-half substitute against Porto on Tuesday.

And, while Klopp would argue that the creativity instead comes from the full-backs - evidenced by another assist for young Alexander-Arnold here - Liverpool's lack of goals from midfield is nevertheless a weakness.

Roberto Firmino then doubled that advantage before the half-hour mark as Liverpool cruised to a comfortable victory that leaves them on course for a second consecutive semi-final, crucially avoiding conceding an away goal in the process.

Mohamed Salah's importance to Liverpool is about far more than goals, according to captain Jordan Henderson. "Really good. I liked the game", Klopp said, reminding that even a strong performance can hide behind a modest scoreline. His goal was lovely.

"It was a bit stop start and we could have been better second half". "They must feel - the players, Jurgen, the fans - that they'll go there and score".

The Liverpool forward comes over the top of the ball and clearly plants his studs onto the shin of his opponent.

FW Divock Origi, N/R - The Belgian has played his way back into Klopp's thoughts and is getting fairly regular playing time of late. "Sorry, but we needed him there". He obviously likes that position, so it was my fault that he played for one and a half years as a [No.] 6.

"They have got lucky in a few games recently, especially against Tottenham, but they are also showing a real desire to win football matches and that is what teams that win trophies can do", he added.

Liverpool were linked with Depay before his move to United in 2015 only for their rivals to put in a £30million bid for the then PSV Eindhoven player.

"This is a stadium that is going to help us achieve all that we want", says Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, but he knows the size of the task facing his team against a City side that scored 72 goals since Boxing Day.

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