Liverpool are through to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after a goalless home draw with Porto wrapped up a 5-0 aggregate victory.
The competition’s leading scorers with 28 goals, the Reds had already inflicted sufficient damage on Porto with a 5-0 first-leg away win three weeks ago. Up against a starting XI showing ten changes from that side so overwhelmingly beaten last month, the hosts came closest to breaking the deadlock when Sadio Mané – who got a hat-trick in Portugal – struck a low shot against the woodwork.
Danny Ings’ looping header caused brief alarm in the second half, but the visitors held firm to salvage a clean sheet on their exit from the competition. Liverpool’s momentum may have been temporarily halted, but they can nevertheless look forward to the draw on Friday 16 March.
Milner described himself as “a bit of a workhorse” during Monday’s press conference, and he lived up to his reputation here. The 31-year-old was at his industrious best, throwing himself into tackles and nearly registering a record-equalling eighth assist in the competition this season. He could have got on the scoresheet, too, but scuffed an effort wide in the opening minutes of the second period.