Liverpool’s 4-pronged approach made Porto only dead rubber on paper

Liverpool’s 4-pronged approach made Porto only dead rubber on paper

The visit of Porto, on paper, was a dead rubber. But for Liverpool, it was another valuable opportunity for regeneration, integration and formative steps, writes Steven Scragg. Wednesday evening offered a conundrum for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp. A game that had no structural meaning to their Champions League fortunes moving forward in this season’s competition, but one which threw up the challenge of maintaining momentum and stretching the leg muscles of a few players who have needed more time on the pitch. For some members of the lineup named by Klopp, this one was all about continued regeneration, further integration and formative steps forward. For others, it was just football for the sake of it; football for the sheer love and joy of it. In the case of the latter …
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