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Liverpool v Porto highlights, results, analysis

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LIVERPOOL relied on its five goals from the first leg to oust Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League as the teams played out a dull 0-0 draw in the return match on Tuesday.

Protecting a 5-0 lead, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had the luxury of resting the joint-top scorer in the Premier League – Mo Salah – and world’s most expensive defender – Virgil van Dijk – for the second leg at Anfield.

The English team didn’t need to exert itself to secure a place in the quarterfinals of European soccer’s top competition for the first time since 2009, though came close to another victory with Sadio Mane striking a first-half shot against the post.

Jurgen Klopp embraces Iker Casillas of FC Porto
Jurgen Klopp embraces Iker Casillas of FC PortoSource: Getty Images

For a club with Liverpool’s European prestige and history, nine years out of the Champions League’s last eight is some wait. The five-time European champions return as the competition’s top scorers this season with 28 goals and will be feared by the other qualifiers ahead of the March 16 draw for the quarterfinals. Also in the draw will be Real Madrid, which beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 away to clinch a 5-2 aggregate win in the marquee matchup in the round of 16. Cristiano Ronaldo was one of the scorers for Madrid, the Portugal forward netting for the ninth straight game in the Champions League.

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League Cup 2020: Liverpool, Manchester City, results, scores, video, highlights

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Liverpool ran riot in a 7-2 win at Lincoln, while holders Manchester City needed a Phil Foden goal 15 minutes from time to see off Bournemouth 2-1 and reach the fourth round of the League Cup.

Liverpool will face Arsenal twice at Anfield in three days next week after Jurgen Klopp’s much-changed side hit Lincoln for seven with Takumi Minamino and Curtis Jones both scoring twice.

Xherdan Shaqiri opened the floodgates with a brilliant free-kick that clipped the underside of the bar.

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Minamino curled home to double the Premier League champions’ lead before Curtis Jones struck twice in four minutes to make it 4-0 before half-time.

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Premier League transfer news: Chelsea, Manchester United rumours, Kepa, Dayot Upamecano

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Chelsea are ready to send gaffe-prone Kepa out on loan – after landing Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy as their new first-choice.

Stamford Bridge legend Petr Cech, who himself joined the Blues from the French club, was key in identifying the Senegalese 28-year-old as the new Chelsea gloveman.

And while Chelsea insisted no decision has yet been taken on Kepa’s future, it is understood that Frank Lampard will assent to the Spaniard leaving on loan before next month’s deadline.

Kepa, 25, has struggled to live up to the world record £71m ($A128M) fee Chelsea paid Athletic Bilbao to land him as Thibaut Courtois’ replacement in 2018.

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reveals Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas plan after Lincoln win

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Jurgen Klopp handed new signings Kostas Tsimikas and Diogo Jota their Liverpool debuts in the 7-2 Carabao Cup win at Lincoln.

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