Keita and Firmino put Liverpool 2 up

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Jurgen Klopp would have been relieved that the decisions worked in Liverpool's favour and he said after the game that his team deserved the win.

Liverpool took pole position in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie with Porto on Tuesday night - and some of the club's supporters on Twitter picked out midfielder Naby Keita for praise following his performance.

He created a series of chances and helped set up Roberto Firmino's goal. Together with Hendo there that was brilliant. We lost a little bit of direction in the second half, but there's nothing to criticise. Liverpool and Porto meet again next Wednesday in Portugal.

But he followed up an encouraging display last Friday against Southampton, in which he opened his goal-scoring account for Liverpool, by making an impression against the Portuguese champions.

He has been criticised for alleged inconsistency and a lack of creativity, while it has been suggested that he plays too many sideways passes.

Only a matter of centimetres denied Liverpool a third early in the second half when another excellent Henderson allowed Sadio Mane to volley home, but the Senegalese was flagged offside.

Both sides seemed content with the 2-0 scoreline for much of the second half, with Porto seemingly happy to still be in the tie heading into the second leg, although the visitors' best chances continued to fall the way of Marega.

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The Liverpool forward comes over the top of the ball and clearly plants his studs onto the shin of his opponent. The Brazilian lays it off to Keita and his effort takes a wicked deflection off Torres and nestles in the net.

The fine balance Liverpool must strike in maintaining their quest for European glory while also trying to end a 29-year wait for a league title was in evidence as Klopp withdrew Mane and Firmino in the final quarter with one eye on Sunday's Premier League visit of Chelsea.

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

The Dazzler then darting back inside, almost snapped his ankle off through his own agility, put in a small burst of pace and showed some insane quick and clean feet to take it round a second defender, past a third and played a ball to Henderson - who put Andy Robertson in on the left-flank.

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

"Obviously we know it's going to be a tough game and to score two good goals was very important but the clean sheet was the most important thing", said the Dutch player. "We scored two wonderful goals, we were in a lot of really risky situations".

"Two-nil is a really good result".

"Two-nil is a very, very good result, but the game is still on". "They must feel - the players, Jurgen, the fans - that they'll go there and score".

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