Liverpool Get Win Over Porto To Reach Champions League Quarter-Finals
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted the Champions League quarterfinals is where his side belong after ending a nine-year wait to reach the last eight on Tuesday.
It is the first time since 2009 the Reds have reached the last eight but Klopp insisted it “should not be a big surprise”.
Liverpool won 5-0 in Portugal to set up a comfortable return leg at Anfield which ended in a goaless draw.
They will discover their next opponents when the draw is made on 16 March.
“The next round will be difficult, seven other very good teams – maybe four of them are from England, which doesn’t make it easier,” Klopp said.
“I think we will have a chance for sure to go to the semi-finals. We’ll take it step by step.”
Liverpool have made a habit of fast starts in Europe this season, but took time to warm to their task with the German having made five changes in all from the side that beat Newcastle at the weekend.
It took 17 minutes for the hosts to threaten when Joe Gomez‘s cross was acrobatically flicked towards goal by Mane, but looped just over the bar.
Sadio Mane was inches away from his fourth goal of the tie on the half-hour mark when he controlled James Milner‘s lofted pass on his chest before smashing the inside of Iker Casillas‘s far post.
Dejan Lovren then headed narrowly over as Liverpool threatened to raise the pulse of an understandably more subdued Anfield than is customary on a European night.
Klopp started top-scorer Mohamed Salah and club-record signing Virgil van Dijk on the bench with one eye on Saturday’s vital visit to Manchester United in the Premier League.
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