The media praised collective and individual displays in Liverpool’s 5-0 rout of Porto, feeling victory showed the Reds are Champions League contenders.

Liverpool inflicted Porto’s heaviest-ever European home defeat with an outstanding display to all but confirm a place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The lethal trio did the damage as Sadio Mane’s hat-trick and strikes apiece for Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino ensured another memorable night on Europe’s elite stage.

Every aspect of the performance was delivered perfectly, and Klopp will rightly be over the moon the way his side produced such a complete performance from minute one to 90 at Estadio do Dragao.

Here’s how the media assessed a truly magnificent night.

PORTO, PORTUGAL - Wednesday, February 14, 2018: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after the 5-0 victory over FC Porto during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC on Valentine's Day at the Estádio do Dragão. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)


Some reporters reflected on an incredible night, assessing how the Reds “outclassed” Porto

The Guardian’s Andy Hunter nicely summarised:

Porto were simply steam-rollered.

The Mail’s Martin Samuel felt the Reds “utterly outclassed” Porto, noting our superior ‘speed and wit’ as key:

This was a mismatch, the complete destruction of a team that looks very good against other Portuguese teams in a domestic league, but were utterly outclassed on home soil here.


The media were particularly impressed by the completeness of the performance

The Telegraph’s Chris Bascombe thought the Reds were “exceptional everywhere” and believes Klopp’s side can go far if such performance at both ends is…

…rest of the post