The Champions League stat that will get Liverpool fans very excited

2018-02-16 12:34:17

Liverpool's 5-0 thrashing of Porto in their Champions League last 16 first leg match certainly attracted the attention of many across Europe.

A Sadio Mane hat-trick and strikes from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino saw the Reds dominate the Portuguese Primeira Liga leaders from start to finish.

The Reds do still have to face Porto for the second leg at Anfield but they are clearly in pole postition to make it to the quarter-finals.

Of course, there can be a tendency amongst Liverpool supporters to get ahead of themselves after a huge victory, with some fans suggesting Jurgen Klopp's side can go all the way in this season's Champions League.

However, games in the past suggest that this could prove a real possibility as every time Liverpool have won in Portugal, they have gone on to win Europe's elite competition.

In March 1978, a Liverpool side managed by Bob Paisley beat Benfica 2-1 at the Stadium of Light in their European Cup quarter-final first leg thanks to goals from Jimmy Case and Emlyn Hughes.

The Reds won 4-1 at Anfield to book a place in the semi-finals, putting them on course for their second European crown, where a Kenny Dalglish strike saw the Reds win 1-0 against FC Bruges in the final at Wembley.

Six years later, Liverpool travelled to Benfica again with a narrow 1-0 lead, but they ran riot against their Portuguese opponents in the second leg, winning 4-1 at the Stadium of Light.

Ronnie Whelan's brace, and goals from Craig Johnston and Ian Rush ensured Liverpool got past Benfica at the quarter-final stage again.

The Merseyside club went on to beat Roma in the final at the Stadio Olimpico in a dramatic penalty shootout to cap off a wonderful 1983/84 campaign, where they also won the league and the League Cup.

So the omens certainly look good for Liverpool's current crop of players but only time will tell if this Portuguese charm will continue this season.

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