Liverpool 2-0 FC Porto LIVE! Champions League result, match stream and latest updates today

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Liverpool vs FC Porto - LIVE!

Thiago Alcantara’s sublime long-range strike and Mohamed Salah’s latest individual goal maintained Liverpool’s perfect record in its Champions League group with a 2-0 win over Porto on Wednesday.

Liverpool were assured of advancing to the last -6 even before a fifth-straight victory in Group B, while Porto stayed in second place ahead of a match against Atletico Madrid in two weeks that will help to determine which team qualifies with the English club.

Thiago’s 52nd-minute opener was a thing of beauty, the Spain midfielder meeting a headed clearance with a first-time shot off his laces from 30 yards out that stayed low and flew into the corner.

Salah then scored a 10th goal in his last 10 Champions League games — and his 17th in all competitions this season — by dropping his shoulder as he drifted into the area from the right and shooting low inside the near post in the 70th minute.

Liverpool will look to complete a clean sweep of victories in the group stage, a feat never achieved by an English team, in their closing game against AC Milan.

On the same night, Porto host Atletico, which like Milan have four points. A win would guarantee Porto’s progression to the knockout stage.

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Game highlights

  • Liverpool XI: Salah starts, Morton’s European debut

  • DISALLOWED! Mane scores but VAR calls it back

  • GOAL! Thiago belts it home

  • GOAL! Salah grabs his customary strike

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Recap another Champions League win for Liverpool with our match report.

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When is the last-16 draw?

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The draw takes place at 11am GMT on Monday, December 13, 2021 at Uefa’s headquarters, the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.

Find out more here.

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Thiago is rather humble as he discusses his goal on BT Sport.

The midfielder says: “I think [I have scored prettier goals] but I’m really glad and happy, for me it’s important and I’ve just come back from an injury and it gives me confidence.

“The most important goal is for the team and how the team plays, how we create our chances, and we’re happy with the young and the experienced players tonight.”

Also in the interview, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain promises to teach the Spanish international the word ‘swazz’.

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AC Milan beat Atletico Madrid to mean both teams, plus Porto, are in with a shot of qualifying for the last-16 in next month’s decider.

Liverpool travel to Italy to face Milan while Porto host Atleti, with the Portuguese side on five points, one ahead of their two rivals.

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Full-time! Liverpool 2-0 Porto

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A big, satisfied cheer rings around Anfield. The Reds are five from five in Group B.

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90+1 mins: Milner fancies a go from range and gets it on target, but Costa is equal to his low stinger.

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90 mins: A poor Porto free-kick is cleared as the board for three added minutes goes up.

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88 mins: AC Milan looked the more likely to score in Madrid when we last checked and now lead Atletico through a Junior Messias goal.

At Anfield, Milner is booked for delaying the restart. That’s a one-game ban. Wonder if he meant it...

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86 mins: Henderson looks for Origi and curls the ball just behind the Belgian. The hosts are still probing for a third.

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84 mins: Conceicao is the next Porto man hitting the turf, the teenager takes the ice pack to the knee and looks okay to continue.

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81 mins: Liverpool are cruising as the clock ticks down, with there still a sense that a third could be on the way.

Milner replaces Oxlade-Chamberlain after an injury to Vitinha delays the restart. The hosts won’t mind that too much.

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78 mins: Double change for Porto, who look spent. Grujic and Martinez are on for Uribe and Evanilson.

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76 mins: Henderson scuffs the shot wide, trying to go low but missing the target at the near-post.

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75 mins: VAR agrees, it is a foul on the edge of the box but Mbemba cannot escape the booking.

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74 mins: Penalty given as Origi is taken down by Mbemba and the defender rightly protests it as outside the box.

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72 mins: Since the first goal, Liverpool looked much more likely to grab the next (as this blog writer was typing as the goal went in, honest!).

Much more confidence about the hosts since Thiago broke the deadlock.

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71 mins: That’ll do for Salah and Mane, Origi and Fabinho are on in their place.

GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Porto | Salah

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69 mins: Salah cutting in from the right, shooting with his left. You know the rest!

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65 mins: Chance!

A corner drifts deep and Mane controls on his chest, swiping a left-boot at it to skew his effort off target.

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64 mins: The ball is in the net but Minamino is well offside before the initial shot came in and looped up off a defender.

Changes from Klopp: Tsimikas and goalscorer Thiago are off for Henderson and Robertson, both of which were pre-game fitness doubts.

Porto bring on Conceicao and Vitinha for Taremi and Oliveira.

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62 mins: A lovely shot of Thiago firing in that goal, the technique is flawless.

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61 mins: Wide!

Oxlade-Chamberlain has to reach to get off his shot from the edge of the box and it doesn’t miss by much.

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60 mins: Still goalless in Atletico Madrid versus AC Milan, where the Italians have had double the shots and more of the ball to boot.

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58 mins: Poor from Alisson and a simple pass gives Otavio a chance in the box, although he cannot connect with his cross and the chance goes begging.

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55 mins: Porto haven’t done too badly since the goal and have ventured into the Liverpool box a couple of times.

The home defence is looking a bit more energetic, perhaps as a result of the opener, though and are dealing with it well.

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52 mins: Many people have their opinion on Thiago but you cannot deny that his technique is delightful.

And that was a masterful display of his ability to strike the ball, a clean connection, with the outside of his boot from 20 yards out, that just swept the ball low across the turf and into the far corner.

GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Porto | Thiago

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51 mins: A stunner from Thiago!

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48 mins: Close!

A Porto free-kick leads to a goalmouth scramble as Cardoso struggles to gain control, before Uribe fires in an effort on the turn - and it misses by an inch.

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46 mins: Porto are up the pitch early on and Taremi meets a cross from the right, but doesn’t get enough on it and nods well wide.

Second-half! Liverpool 0-0 Porto

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The visitors get the ball rolling.

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Second-half, coming up...

Who can grab a winner?

The Stats

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Porto have had less of the ball (44-56 per cent possession) and aren’t quite as accurate with it (76 per cent to 81 per cent passes completed) but they lead on shots (six to three).

The problem has been the accuracy of their efforts, with only one of their six going on target - even though five of them came from inside the box.

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It’s goalless in the other Group B game between Atletico Madrid and AC Milan, which is good news for Porto.

Manchester City are also deadlocked at home to Paris Saint-Germain while RB Leipzig are hammering Club Brugge 4-0 in Belgium.

Elsewhere, it’s FC Sheriff 0-2 Real Madrid and Sporting CP 2-0 Borussia Dortmund.

Half-time! Liverpool 0-0 Porto

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That’s the break, Mane’s offside goal the big moment of the half that was largely in Porto’s favour.

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45+1 mins: Diaz has another go at the Liverpool defence on the counter and slips a cute pass in to no one.

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45 mins: One added minute.

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44 mins: Liverpool on top as the half comes to a close, Mane drills an effort into a defender to win a corner.

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42 mins: Lovely run across the 18-yard line from Oxlade-Chamberlain and he just doesn’t know what to do with it, eventually losing the ball with a wayward pass rather than shoot.

Porto come down the other end and Taremi is played in one-on-one - and passes the ball to a Liverpool defender. Should have done better too.

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40 mins: Uribe booked for pulling down Thiago on a breakaway that was just leaving the Liverpool box. That’s a one-match ban for the midfielder.

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38 mins: That was very tight but the lines do not lie, Mane was just offside.

It all looked so easy as well, the winger beating his man for pace and calmly rolling the ball home. But we remain goalless.

No goal!

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36 mins: Mane races in and rolls his effort home! But it’s offside!

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34 mins: A Liverpool break falls down after Minamino fails to find Salah. It’s been a touch disjointed from the Reds tonight despite the presence of their top two wingers.

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32 mins: Otavio finds space in the box and lashes his left-footed effort way over. A decent half chance, that.

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29 mins: Konate is booked for cleaning out Joao Mario. He looks shocked but he needn’t be.

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28 mins: Salah puts in one of the weaker attempts at winning a penalty after rounding Cardoso and basically falling into the defender.

He’s offside anyway after Costa haphazardly had gave the ball away from a goal kick.

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27 mins: Mbemba struggles to clear a cross and Costa gathers at the second attempt, Liverpool are coming back into this to an extent.

Porto break quickly but cannot force a shot on goal. Naturally, this much-changed backline and its lack of protection have been the biggest issues for Klopp’s side so far.

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24 mins: Pepe is off with an injury problem, Cardoso is on. Not a great end to his 100th Champions League start.

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23 mins: Chance!

Costa lazily places a pass straight at Mane and the ball pings off the winger’s head and lands at Salah’s feet. The Egyptian digs out a shot that rolls gratefully back for the goalkeeper to scoop up.

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20 mins: Once again, Evanilson is feeling his back after hitting the deck. Konate didn’t seem to do too much wrong when challenging for the ball with the striker...

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17 mins: The hosts have settled things down now, Porto will probably not be able to maintain their early pace for the whole 90 minutes.

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14 mins: Liverpool win a corner up the other end and Matip’s header is easy for Costa - who immediately looks for Diaz on the counter to cause a fresh tremor of doubt in the home defence.

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12 mins: No penalty, says VAR. That’s just a bad miss, he tried to wait and side-foot it in rather than smack it home. He just waited too long and skewed it wide.

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11 mins: What a miss!

Luis Diaz races clear and rolls it on a plate for Otavio... but he puts it wide with the goal gaping!

The midfielder wants a penalty for Tsimikas coming in behind him and he’s stayed down hurt.

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9 mins: Evanilson is the next to push into the Reds’ area and Konate gets back to nick in a foot and block the shot.

Porto look dangerous when they get the ball moving quickly on the ground, switching the play with speed.

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7 mins: Close!

Taremi flicks on a header after a cross from the right and it bounces off Matip, ending up just inches wide of the near-post.

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6 mins: Evanilson stays down after a barge in the back by Morton. He’ll be fine to play on and the free-kick is lofted high before being worked back to the Porto keeper.

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5 mins: The visitors are certainly the team who look like they need the win more, not that that’s to say that Liverpool are phoning it in.

Salah attempts a breakaway down the right flank but Zaidu is level to him with a nice sliding tackle.

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2 mins: Porto have the first attack and whip in a corner in front of the Kop, Matip heads clear but Liverpool make a tough job out of eventually clearing the ball further up the pitch.

Kick-off!

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We are underway at Anfield.

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The players are out... Kick-off is nearly upon us!

How Group B looks ahead of the game

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Porto can qualify for the last-16 with a victory at Anfield tonight.

That will require Atletico Madrid to lose to AC Milan ahead of the Spanish and Portuguese teams meeting in the final round next month.

Atleti are a point behind Porto in third and will hope to leapfrog them while playing at home tonight.

But Milan could still make a late play for the knockouts with two wins in their final matches, and are currently sat four points off second.

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Jurgen Klopp tells BT Sport about the “most experienced bench” he’s ever had before the game.

On Tyler Morton, the German adds: “He’s a smart kid so he knows [what to do]. He’ll be very excited and nervous, we’re human beings that’s how we are.

“He’s a good footballer and no one players a No6 like Fabinho so why should he? He’s a brilliant footballer and we must make sure the spaces are small enough so he can defend them really well.”

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The two 5.45pm kick-offs have finished off with Inter Milan defeating Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 in Group D, putting them on the brink of the last-16.

Ajax have won Group C by beating Besiktas 2-1 in Turkey.

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With Salah starting, the Egyptian has a chance to improve on his mega record in the Champions League.

He has hit 30 goals in 47 appearances for Liverpool in the competition, only four of which have been penalties.

Only Robert Lewandowski, with 33, has scored more non-penalty goals since Salah joined the Reds in 2017.

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The visitors get to grips with the Anfield turf

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Porto are arguably Liverpool’s favourite team to face in European competition.

Nine previous meetings have ended in the Reds’ favour six times with three draws - and the Anfield club have lost at least once to every European team they have faced ten times.

Also against the Portuguese visitors is their record of 18 defeats in 22 trips to England in European competitions.

Their last, the quarter-final trip to Chelsea last season, was their only victory.

The Liverpool team bus arriving earlier

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As promised a fairly rotated side from Jurgen Klopp with previous doubts Jordan Henderson and Andrew Robertson fit for the bench.

The inclusion of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane is an interesting one and shows same fairly strong intent to win the game, with the pair unlikely to see out the 90 minutes regardless of the result.

And Tyler Morton, the 19-year-old midfielder from Wallasey, gets his European debut having featured off the bench versus Arsenal and played in two Carabao Cup games in recent months.

A big night for Tyler Morton

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The visitors team has been confirmed...

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Porto XI: Diogo Costa; Joao Mario, Pepe, Mbemba, Zaidu; Uribe, Sergio Oliveira, Otavio, Luis Diaz; Taremi, Evanilson.

Subs: Marchesin, Fabio Cardoso, Francisco Conceicao, Eduardo Pepe, Grujic, Corona, Manafa, Vitinha, Wendell, Bruno Costa, Martinez, Vieira.

Here’s your Liverpool line-up...

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Liverpool XI: Alisson; Williams, Konate, Matip, Tsimikas; Morton, Thiago, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Mane, Salah, Minamino .

Subs: Adrian, Kelleher, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Milner, Henderson, Jota, Robertson, Origi, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold.

Evening Standard prediction

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Given Porto’s record against Liverpool - even allowing for potential changes from Klopp’s usual starting XI - it’s hard not to imagine anything other than a home win.

Liverpool to win 2-1.

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Predicted XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Fabinho, Thiago, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Jota, Origi, Minamino.

How to watch

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TV channel: The game will be broadcast live on BT Sport 3.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the game through the website or BT Sport App.

Early team news

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Andrew Robertson and Jordan Henderson are the big doubts for Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp set to rotate his side.

“We always respect the competition and but we have to think about ourselves, our schedule and the situation of our players first,” he said.

“Hendo, we will see, yesterday maybe he was not 100%, he could play and do pretty much everything but it’s about really being 100% fit so I thought when he came on against Arsenal it was just to see the game out and control it from a rehab point of view to use the few minutes.

“Robbo is similar, both are ok but are both ready to start and play with the schedule coming up we have to make the decisions.

“Whatever line up we show tomorrow night it’s all about winning this game and the next games, that’s what we are here for.”

Good evening!

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We are about 90 minutes away from kick-off in another intriguing Champions League clash with team news landing shortly...

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