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Naby Keita's deflected fifth-minute strike - his second goal in two games - and Roberto Firmino's tap-in before the half hour put the Reds in the ascendancy in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

Liverpool have taken control of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Porto courtesy of a 2-0 victory in the first leg at Anfield this evening.

"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".

"We have something to build on".

"It would be cool if I could ask a player to please play these kind of passes, and we score immediately!" said the German.

'Obviously in the second half they tried to change it up a little bit: some moments of danger, but I don't think there were any clear chances really.

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

If Liverpool score in the away leg, Porto will have to net four to go through and Steve McManaman believes they'll be fully confident of doing just that.

"We knew we would have to play the second game, that's how it is".

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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.

In the same attack Alisson batted the ball against Alexander-Arnold when conceding a corner, and after surviving a VAR penalty review for a handball Liverpool were nearly undone from the resulting delivery as Marega again found space, but this time could not get enough contact on his twisting volley.

"Hopefully. There are (a maximum) of nine games left in total if all goes well, fingers crossed". But the 90 minutes are over and we've got another 90 minutes at the Dragao.

The Brazil global has also cautioned against complacency next week.

Van Dijk also added that in order to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League, Liverpool will need to pull up their socks for the second leg vs Porto, this despite going into the match with a 2-0 lead.

Liverpool defeated Porto 2-0 on Tuesday to take a massive step towards reaching the semifinals of the competition.

Jurgen Klopp has often emphasised on the importance of the home crowd in pulling Liverpool to victories. Now we have to keep our feet on the ground because the next game will be hard as well. "Next week, we play at home and we are perfectly capable of scoring two goals", he said.

He continued: "So until they start playing convincing, dominant football, which they haven't done with the exception of the Bayern Munich game, this year, I don't see them as having an easy ride to anything".

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