Liverpool eased into the quarter-finals of the Champions League in a lifeless goalless draw at home to Porto. It has been nine years since Liverpool reached the last eight of the Champions League.
This game was the antithesis of their 5-0 win in the first leg at the Estadio do Dragao, but a professional performance, a fifth clean sheet in eight European matches
It was reflected in the first-half statistics which showed Liverpool failed to have a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.
Porto’s response was to force the first save of the night from either goalkeeper with Loris Karius tipping wide Majeed Waris’ strike from distance, while Roberto Firmino’s run through on goal was halted by the visitors’ captain Felipe.
“It feels good,” Klopp said, “I can feel that people have waited so long. The last eight is cool. I’m a little bit satisfied, to be honest. It was time we showed up again.
“If you don’t show up in a competition like the Champions League, people forget about you. I am happy for all the people involved, let’s carry on.” In terms of his own targets when he took over in October 2015, Klopp said there never a timescale in mind for getting back to this level.
“I don’t want to make it smaller than it is, or bigger than it is,” he said. “The next round will be difficult, with a lot of good teams and four of the others could be English.
“I think we will have a chance. We can go to the semi-finals. This year we had the opportunity to do it, so we are on time.”
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