Liverpool maintained their 100% record in the Champions League this season by seeing off Porto at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s men, who had already secured top spot in Group B and a place in the knockout stages after winning their first four games, picked up another three points against the Portuguese side.
The Reds were not at their best in the first half and although hardly at full tilt in the second either, they scored two lovely goals to clinch another victory.
Spain midfielder Thiago drilled in a stunning, long-range finish, cutting across the ball to produce a rasping a 25-yard strike that nestled in the bottom corner.
Egypt forward Mohamed Salah cut in from the right and jinked his way past a visiting defender before smashing home at the near post.
Porto were punished for missing a glorious chance after 11 minutes when Otavio inexplicably side-footed wide from eight yards out with an empty goal to aim at.
Liverpool hammered Porto 5-1 in the reverse fixture in Portugal and could have handed out another similarly emphatic victory but Sadio Mane’s cool finish was ruled out by VAR for offside, as was Takumi Minamino’s volley from close range.
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- 76N Williams
- 5KonatéBooked at 29mins
- 21TsimikasSubstituted forRobertsonat 64′minutes
- 15Oxlade-ChamberlainSubstituted forMilnerat 82′minutesBooked at 88mins
- 6Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forHendersonat 63′minutes
- 11SalahSubstituted forFabinhoat 71′minutes
- 10ManéSubstituted forOrigiat 72′minutes
- 4van Dijk
- 99Meireles Costa
- 23Neto Lopes
- 19MbembaBooked at 75mins
- 3PepeSubstituted forCardosoat 25′minutes
- 27OliveiraSubstituted forVitinhaat 64′minutes
- 8UribeBooked at 40minsSubstituted forGrujicat 78′minutes
- 30de Lima BarbosaSubstituted forMartínezat 77′minutes
- 9TaremiSubstituted forConceiçãoat 64′minutes
- 11Aquino Cossa
- 17JM Corona
- 18Manafá Jancó
- 28Almeida Costa
Match ends, Liverpool 2, FC Porto 0.
Second Half ends, Liverpool 2, FC Porto 0.
Corner, FC Porto. Conceded by Neco Williams.
Attempt saved. James Milner (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neco Williams.
Foul by Takumi Minamino (Liverpool).
Luis Díaz (FC Porto) wins a free kick on the left wing.
James Milner (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Divock Origi (Liverpool).
Marko Grujic (FC Porto) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Hand ball by Neco Williams (Liverpool).
Substitution, Liverpool. James Milner replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Attempt blocked. Divock Origi (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyler Morton with a headed pass.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Marko Grujic.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Zaidu Sanusi.
Substitution, FC Porto. Marko Grujic replaces Mateus Uribe.
Substitution, FC Porto. Toni Martínez replaces Evanilson.
Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Chancel Mbemba (FC Porto) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Divock Origi (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Chancel Mbemba (FC Porto).