Klopp's Liverpool held by Porto, reach quarters after 9 years

Liverpool's manager J├╝rgen Klopp hugs James Milner and Andy Robertson during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Newcastle United FC at Anfield

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 boring 0-0 draw in the return match on Tuesday. We're a little bit satisfied and it's already good.

"I think there are teams that don't want to face us because they know it is hard to face us".

'[There is] Good development in Liverpool in the moment, it's a nice moment, but if you don't show up in a competition like the Champions League then nobody really will realise it'. "I don't like to talk about the future but if we continue like that in this form, we can see ourselves in the final".

They return as the competition's top scorers this season with 28 goals and will be feared by the other qualifiers. "We still need him, we will use him still".

"The next round will be very hard, I think that's clear, we have a lot of good teams - seven other very good teams will be involved".

So the game against Porto represented a fantastic opportunity to rest the key players - not that Klopp exactly took it.

"Now we thought we give him, if possible, the last 20".

Liverpool face a wait to learn their fate in the quarter-finals, with the draw set to take place on March 16.

No major injuries were sustained - captain Jordan Henderson had strapping applied to his right thigh after the game, but Klopp said it was nothing more than a dead leg - and Liverpool rarely looked like conceding.

"They've had a lot of criticism over mistakes earlier in the season but clean sheets tonight and at the weekend... it's all looking positive for them".

With the job done in Portugal, Klopp could even afford the luxury of starting top-scorer Mohamed Salah and club-record signing Virgil van Dijk on the bench with one eye on Saturday's vital visit to Manchester United in the Premier League.

"I don't say the number of years but I think he obviously wants to play a bit more".

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