Jurgen Klopp admits three Liverpool stars ‘hate me’ after decision in Porto win

In pictures: Porto v Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp has admitted some of his decisions against Porto on Tuesday night will have left some Liverpool players ‘hating’ him. Liverpool enjoyed yet another comfortable night away at Porto this week, firing five past the Portuguese outfit.

It’s now 14 goals Liverpool have scored away from home against Porto in their last three meetings.

Mohamed Salah didn’t take long to get on the scoresheet with an easy tap in midway through the first half and Sadio Mane doubled Liverpool’s lead with a similar finish just before the break.

Salah added his second of the night on the hour mark before Roberto Firmino came off the bench to score a quick-fire double of his own.

It’s the first time all three scored in the same game since Liverpool’s 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace last December.

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Salah and Mane may well have added to their tally had they not been brought off on the 67th minute, with Diogo Jota making way in the closing minutes of the game as well.

Jota was unable to add to his three goals scored already this season before being subbed off.

And Klopp admits that his attacking trio would have been frustrated at not playing the full 90 minutes in a game where goals appeared to be up for grabs.


“Bobby only came back from injury now,” Klopp told TNT Sports.

“He’s still not ready to go 90 minutes and it’s completely fine and that’s why the three others start.

“I changed tonight all three up front and they hate me for that but it’s necessary in these moments to do it.”

Liverpool sit top of their group with six points from two games, but Klopp isn’t looking too far forward at the moment.

When asked whether he considers Liverpool as one of the favourites, Klopp said: “No.

“We have a good football team and we won it two years ago and we can give pretty much each team in the world a proper game.

“But this game tonight has nothing to do with who wins the Champions League.

“It’s just importance for us to have a chance to get through in this group which is already tough enough.”

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