Nene again scored for Benfica, but the Reds stormed to a 5-1 aggregate win, before beating Dinamo Bucharest 3-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals.
"We spoke about Mo in the last few weeks, completely deserved, but obviously Sadio had his comeback tonight, very good, and Roberto [Firmino] was there again after outstanding work rate again".
IT may well be early days in the Champions League knockout stages in the 2017-18 - just one game in fact - but things are looking good for Liverpool.
I have to make a decision [of who to play] and that's all.
Sadio Mane grabbed a hat-trick and Mohamed Salah scored with a mesmerising piece of ball-juggling as Liverpool demolished Porto 5-0 away with an irresistible attacking display in their Champions League round-of-16 tie on Wednesday.
When Liverpool blew away runaway leaders Manchester City at Anfield in January, it seemed to vindicate the curious decision to cash in on Philippe Coutinho halfway through the season. "That's good. I said to him after the last game, 'finally, you're back' immediately after when we talked on the pitch", he said. "From there, it becomes even more difficult".
Goalkeeper Jack Butland appears happy at Stoke his manager says
Whatever happens in the second-leg, Liverpool fans will be confident of another famous Champions League run, particularly fuelled by this incredible omen. He was always important, he was always fantastic for us, even in his not-that-good moments.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has played down transfer speculation that he'll look to sell goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in the summer.
"Our mistakes led to Liverpool goals".
If the ideal of Klopp's midfield configuration is to eschew specialization and embrace all-rounders in aid of frenetic pressing, then it is almost impossible to find a better exemplar. Both Liverpool and Spurs have won just a single League Cup over the last decade.
He will need to match the Ivoirian's transformative influence, or course, as well as carry the team to the silverware that is arguably needed to validate Klopp's Liverpool tenure.
"In this business it is always the same - it says nothing about that". Keita is the man to complete the cycle.
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