Liverpool: Iker Casillas gets salty after Porto's Champions League loss

Liverpool: Iker Casillas gets salty after Porto's Champions League loss

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain recently suffered what Klopp described as a "little setback" in his rehabilitation from a serious knee injury, but the England worldwide is said to be close to being back in contention.

Henderson, who was used in a more advanced midfield role yesterday evening, was a standout performer at Anfield in the first-leg.

Naby Keita's deflected strike after five minutes - his second goal in two games - and Roberto Firmino's tap-in before the half hour put the Reds in the ascendancy.

Michael Owen believes Liverpool are certainties for the Champions League semi-finals after their first-leg victory over Porto.

"Hendo is a brilliant player and I'm really happy he can show that again", said Klopp.

" There were one or two counter-attacks, and in the second half we lost a little bit of our rhythm and a little bit of our direction, and we should've played a little bit more in behind."

The pressure mounts further when Liverpool's 29-year drought since their most recent league title is factored in, but van Dijk is not burdened by the weight of history.

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Against Porto, Henderson played 43 passes in the opposition half, a significant increase on his total of 27 in the Tottenham half.

The Reds started the tie in flawless fashion after taking the lead early on courtesy of Naby Keita.

Klopp said earlier this week that Adam Lallana was carrying a minor knock, but hinted that the playmaker could be back in contention at the weekend.

On a bitterly cold night at Anfield, Liverpool were well below their best and Porto deserve credit for a determined performance after going two goals down in 26 minutes.

The Liverpool boss said: "We deserved the win 100 per cent, we scored two wonderful goals, we were in a lot of really unsafe situations".

"We should be confident anyway, it's a great time to be a Liverpool player and, hopefully, there are nine games left if everything goes well, fingers crossed".

"The atmosphere in Porto will be really tough for us but this is a result we wanted before the game, now we have it and we have to work with it". "There were a lot of good individual performances", he said.