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Ranking Liverpool’s 5 best players against FC Porto | UEFA Champions League 2021-22



They have already reserved their place in UEFA Champions League round of 16 Liverpool welcome Porto at Anfield for their fifth Group B match on Wednesday night.

The Reds, who had 100 percent wins in Europe at the start of the game, were already guaranteed to be first in their Champions League group. Second-placed Porto, on the other hand, needed at least one point to get themselves in a comfortable position ahead of the final game.

Unfortunately, even the much-changed Liverpool team was too much for the visitors from Portugal, who lost 2-0. Despite the fact that the first part of Sadi Mane was eliminated in the first half, Porto did not manage to gather and prepare a more respectable show.

The Anfield team continued to knock on Porto’s goal and finally broke the deadlock over Thiago Alcantara in the 52nd minute.

Mohamed Salah then joined the party in the 70th minute, scoring the second and final goal for his team tonight. Porto tried to upset Liverpool goalkeeper Alison, but could only call him into action once during the match.

The 2-0 win over Porto extended Liverpool’s perfect record in the UEFA Champions League this season.

Below we take a look at five players who helped the Reds achieve perfection against Porto on Wednesday:

# 5 Joel Matip

Liverpool FC v FC Porto: Group B - UEFA Champions League
Liverpool FC v FC Porto: Group B – UEFA Champions League

After Virgil van Dijk got a much-needed break, Joel Matip started together with Ibrahim Konate in the heart of Liverpool’s defense.

In the first half, there were concerns about the communication skills of the experienced defender, ie their lack. But he grew in confidence as the match matured.

On the side of leadership ability, Matip enjoyed a great game. He commanded in the air, won eight air competitions and did not allow anyone to pass by him.

Matip also recorded four outings and three interceptions, and successfully delivered three long balls.

All in all, it was an impressive 30-year-old outing that Jurgen Klopp was supposed to pat on the back.

# 4 Neco Williams

Liverpool FC v FC Porto: Group B - UEFA Champions League
Liverpool FC v FC Porto: Group B – UEFA Champions League

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp rested some of his key players on Wednesday night in the match with FC Porto. First right back Trent Alexander-Arnold was one of those absentees.

As a result, his assistant, Neco Williams, experienced a magical Champions League night at Anfield.

We will remember this international break as the time when Neco Williams took it to the next level.

The Welshman had the responsibility to guard Luis Diaz from Porto. He struggled with his position early on, but soon dismissed the discomfort.

He was powerful in both attack and defense, successfully scoring five dribbles, three matches and two key assists.