Liverpool can win dream double, says Virgil Van Dijk

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Firmino: Aside from scoring the second goal and assisting on the first one, his hold-up play was fantastic.

Spurs now hold the advantage ahead of next week's second leg at the Etihad Stadium but Pochettino, despite the deserved victory, still regards City as the favourites.

"They had a lot, it was quite uncomfortable but we defended them well".

In the same attack Alisson batted the ball against Alexander-Arnold when conceding a corner, and after surviving a VAR penalty review for a handball Liverpool were nearly undone from the resulting delivery as Marega again found space, but this time could not get enough contact on his twisting volley. I think the direction of the game is going to change. The Reds created plenty of chances to put a couple away and did enough defensively to keep the clean sheet, setting themselves up nicely for next week's second leg. The problem was a little bit that in the second-half we gave a few counter-attacks away, then we had to control it a bit more. He's one of the more underrated players in England.

"In Porto we finished them off, tonight we didn't", the Liverpool manager said.

The result could have been very different, though.

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He continued: "So until they start playing convincing, dominant football, which they haven't done with the exception of the Bayern Munich game, this year, I don't see them as having an easy ride to anything". It was deflected, but it was a situation we wanted, the half-space we wanted to use. "We played a competent match, we could have got a different result, we could have left Anfield with a goal". Jordan Henderson split Porto's defense with a pass to Trent Alexander-Arnold.

He said: "The team we played against is a very strong candidate to win this Champions League".

Klopp has won 16 of 20 two-legged ties in European competition in his managerial career and he has never lost a two-legged tie as Liverpool manager in Europe, winning all nine.

The striker - looking to become only the fourth player to score in seven successive Champions League games - drew one low stop from Alisson from a tight angle but then wasted a better chance when firing wide of the near post while ignoring an unmarked Otavinho in the middle.

Mohamed Salah ended his eight-game goal drought as Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League table with a 3-1 win at Southampton on Friday, but the Egyptian got his angles wrong when he failed to double the hosts' lead with just Casillas to beat moments later.

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