Liverpool took part in maybe the most pointless game of football to have ever existed as they cruised into the Champions League quarter finals after a 0-0 draw with FC Porto at Anfield on Tuesday night. The two-legged tie was all but decided before the game as Liverpool went into it with a 5-0 aggregate lead from the first leg in Portugal. Due to this Jurgen Klopp was able to make a few changes and rest a few key players ahead of one of the biggest games of the season so far against Manchester United on Saturday.
The players rested from the 2-0 victory over Newcastle last weekend were Virgil Van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Salah. In there place came Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Alberto Moreno, James Milner and Adam Lallana.
Speaking of Lallana it was his first involvement in any European game this season for Liverpool and another important milestone in helping him recapture the form that saw him become one of Liverpool’s most important players last season.
In all honesty there is not really much to say about the game. I think I’ll go over the main chances.
First there was Sadio Mane’s acrobatic effort from a Gomez cross that went just over the crossbar midway through the first half.
Then there was Mane’s shot across goal that hit the inside of the post and ricocheted back out.
Then there we Dejan Lovren’s head from a James Milner free kick that went just over the crossbar (again).
Then it was half time.
Then there was that time Roberto Firmino was put clean through but some last ditch defending kept the Brazilian from scoring what would have been his 23rd goal of the season.
Then Milner headed it straight at Iker Casillas.
Then Oliver had a chance for Porto…kind of.
Then Danny Ings, who had come off the bench for Firmino, failed to find the back of the net with a free header. Either side of the goalkeeper and it was a goal but it was more frustration for the English striker who is still yet to score since returning from injury.
Then the game ended. That was it. We’re through to the quarter finals of the Champions League lads. No injuries. Easy. Now we have the task of demolishing United at the weekend and staking a proper claim on that 2nd place trophy. Come on Redmen!