Iker Casillas has warned Liverpool that his FC Porto side are not out of the competition just yet despite suffering a 2-0 defeat to the Reds at Anfield in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Naby Keita’s second goal in two games – his second ever for the Reds – gave Liverpool the lead early on, before Roberto Fimino doubled the advantage for Jurgen Klopp’s side. The score remained the same until full-time.
But the games was not without controversy. Replays showed Liverpool talisman Mo Salah stamping on Porto star Danilo’s shin, in what is a nasty-looking tackle. The Egyptian forward escaped punishment.
Casillas posted a picture of the tackle, suggesting Porto’s players are angry with the lack of punishment for Salah. The Real Madrid legend also sent a warning to the Reds ahead of Wednesday’s clash in Portugal.
Soy 100 por 100 optimista!! Teniendo en cuenta los resultados de octavos de @ChampionsLeague no podemos pensar que la eliminatoria está perdida. Falta el juego en Dragao y vamos a luchar por pasar a las semifinales. Gracias a todos los portistas por el apoyo en Liverpool!! pic.twitter.com/3w1xst6ULP
— Iker Casillas (@IkerCasillas) April 9, 2019
It is translated as: “I am 100 per cent optimistic. Considering the quarter final results in the Champions League, we cannot think we have lost.. we will fight to move to the semifinals. Thanks to the fans for the support in Liverpool.”
Salah should have seen red, and a three-match European ban. There is no question about it. It is a terrible tackle, one that you certainly do not expect from the ex-Chelsea attacker.
It is a huge boost to Liverpool, then, that Salah looks as though he will be available for the return leg in Portugal against Porto. One away goal will kill off the tie.