Claude Makelele has lauded Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara for delivering a strong performance as the Reds beat Porto 2-0 in the Champions League, as told to UEFA.com.
The Anfield outfit maintained their 100% record in Group B to open a 10-point margin over second-place Porto.
Liverpool had already secured their place in the knockout phases after four games, having enjoyed a perfect run so far.
Jurgen Klopp’s side did not need to be at their absolute best to overcome Porto, either, as Thiago and Mohamed Salah struck two fine finishes in the second period.
Thiago put Liverpool ahead against Porto on 52-minutes, as the Spaniard drilled in a half-volley from 25-yards out.
Salah then continued his prolific campaign with the Egyptian’s 17th goal of the season so far in all competitions. Cutting in from the right, evading defenders and finding the net.
Former Real Madrid and Chelsea midfielder Makelele loved Thiago’s goal against Porto and the Liverpool star’s general performance.
“He played really well in midfield and scored a superb goal,” Makelele said.
Thiago shines as Liverpool beat Porto
Thiago certainly shone as Liverpool beat Porto to maintain their perfect Champions League campaign so far.
The Spaniard almost helped to ease the Reds into the lead shortly before half-time. But a VAR review deemed Sadio Mane marginally offside after Thiago had slotted the winger in.
Thiago’s efforts against Porto were the latest reminder of what the former Bayern Munich technician can offer Liverpool when fit.
He has endured an up-and-down career at Anfield to date after frequent injury problems since arriving in Merseyside last year.
But the £200k-a-week ace delivered a trademark display on Wednesday night, recycling the ball with grace.
While his goal came from relatively nothing, lashing a thunderbolt through a crowded box as Porto cleared a corner.