A lightly-rotated Liverpool side hosted Porto at Anfield, seeing out an unspectacular 0-0 draw that sent the Reds to the Champions League quarterfinals. Jordan Henderson led the team as Jürgen Klopp’s squad eased to a 5-0 aggregate win that ensured Liverpool will be represented in the final eight for the first time since 2009. With his side the first along with Real Madrid, who beat Paris Saint-Germain 5-2 on aggregate, to qualify, the Liverpool captain was unconcerned as who they would meet:
”It doesn’t matter,” the 27-year-old told BT Sport. “They are all good teams at this stage. We will be ready for whoever.
”We want to work hard and achieve big things. The attitude was brilliant tonight. Unfortunately we couldn’t break [Porto] down but I can’t fault the lads—the attitude was brilliant.
“We are through to the next round which is the most important thing—obviously we wanted to win—but we have to give credit to Porto because they played well.
”This is the business end of the season. The next few months are very important for the team. We need to put performances in like we have been and the results will follow.
”We couldn’t manage to break them down tonight but there’s a big game this weekend which we need to be ready for.”
Despite the low stakes of the match, the injury-plagued midfielder still managed to pick up a knock that has made him a doubt for the league showdown with Manchester United at the weekend.
”I got a dead leg at the end,” Henderson admitted. “But I will be fine.”
Klopp will hope that he will be able to call on his captain for the matchup between the 2nd and 3rd placed Premier League sides that will have major consequences in the race for runner up.