It was a tricky-looking fixture, but the Reds simply overpowered their hapless hosts at Estadio do Dragao on Tuesday.
Jurgen Klopp applauds Liverpool for playing “wonderful football” against Porto and exploiting their “massive problems.”
Many were expecting Porto, a team that held La Liga titleholders Atletico Madrid to a draw in Champions League group stage matchday 1 and knocked Juventus out of in the Round of 16 last season, to give Liverpool a run for their money.
Instead, the Reds ran rampant as they recorded a commanding 5-1 win over the Portuguese champions, with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both bagging a brace and Sadio Mane on target as well.
“We could see Porto watched our last game at Brentford. They started direct. I wanted to get it sorted on the pitch and that’s what we did step-by-step,” Klopp told BT Sport post-match.
“We scored maybe not the most amazing goals but important ones in the first half. In the second half we controlled the game.
“Porto had massive problems. One centre-half out with a red card and the other, Pepe, not being able to play before the game. We could use that.
“We played wonderful football between the lines, we lost the ball in a situation we should not have. Defensively we played a super game. Goals happen so I am not too concerned. It was a really good night for us.”