Scholes: Champions League could hamper Liverpool's title chances

Liverpool Jurgen Klopp Jordan Henderson

Liverpool Jurgen Klopp Jordan Henderson

Keita, has largely been a disappointment since his long-awaited move from RB Leipzig, while Henderson was partly a victim of Fabinho's improvement, losing his place to the Brazilian in the holding role.

Jurgen Klopp warned Liverpool face a fight to reach the Champions League semi-final despite them running out comfortable first leg winners against Porto.

Liverpool comes into the match "on fire", according to manager Jürgen Klopp. It didn't feature Xherdan Shaqiri or Adam Lallana, the playmakers who have occasionally provided more magic.

Klopp said it was a "really, really good result".

It's worth acknowledging that Heung-min Son, who has arguably been Tottenham's best player this season, scored the victor after Kane left the pitch, but it's also worth acknowledging Kane was replaced by Lucas Moura.

He found Roberto Firmino in support and he teed up Keita - who scored at Southampton last Friday - for a shot which was deflected in by the sliding Oliver Torres. The second was magnificent.

In goal, Alisson Becker is the natural selection, while ahead of him it's Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren in the centre, Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right and James Milner who takes Robertson's place on the left. Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva provide attacking contributions that Liverpool's midfielders simply aren't capable of.

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"If you ask all the other lads they'll tell you the same thing: what Mo gives us can't just be measured in the goals he scores himself".

Both Keita and Henderson were excellent here. There were some good moments in the game [but] obviously we can do better. His goal was lovely.

"Everyone is dreaming of it and the unlucky bit for us is another team in the league has been wonderful as well", said Van Dijk. It comes from a corner that Liverpool can't clear. Last season, he was relatively effective in the position, because Liverpool pressed so hard. There were gaps which Porto's players will feel they could and should have exploited.

FW Divock Origi, N/R - The Belgian has played his way back into Klopp's thoughts and is getting fairly regular playing time of late.

Mohamed Salah's importance to Liverpool is about far more than goals, according to captain Jordan Henderson. You suspect he's desperate to make amends. They haven't lost at home since September in any competition, and have won five matches in a row overall, including a 3-1 win over Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena to win by the same scoreline to advance out of the UCL Round of 16.

It is impossible not to see Liverpool as massive favorites here.

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