Liverpool vs Porto finished 2-0 at Anfield on Wednesday evening. Here are our picks for the Reds’ best players from the game.
Another game, another standout performance. Thiago was fantastic from start to finish, passing with confidence and winning the ball back.
Some of his passing was magnificent, in fact. The Spaniard very nearly got an assist for Sadio Mane to finish the first half, only for Mane to be marginally offside. The pass, however, tore Porto completely open.
But there was clearly one standout moment here. Thiago opened the scoring with a sensational strike – as sweet a hit as possible as he swept the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards.
That set Liverpool on their way to a 2-0 win over Porto – and a comfortable one at that.
Thiago was seriously impressive against Arsenal and again here. Liverpool have another very special player.
Matip had an obvious role in this team – he was the senior defender. Kostas Tsimikas, Ibrahima Konate and Neco Williams made up the rest of the bak four, none of whom are first-coice.
He also had a particularly difficult job with the incredibly impressive Luis Diaz on that side. Williams did a decent job with him but it was Matip’s responsibility to cover on that side.
The 30-year-old did so very well, on top of providing a safe presence at the back. No one had the ball more than Matip and no one completed more passes.
Throw in three tackles out of three and five won headers (per Whoscored) and you get a dominant display worthy of praise.
We really liked Oxlade-Chamberlain’s performance here. From minute one, he was pressing hard and trying to move things forward.
He did that well. Oxlade-Chamberlain completed three dribbles in his 81 minutes – the most in the game. The 28-year-old was unfortunate not to create more in that first-half, too, as the final ball just didn’t quite go his way.
But this was the latest in a series of impressive performances from Oxlade-Chamberlain. For the first time in years, he feels like a genuinely strong option for Liverpool.