Liverpool last made the quarter-finals in 2009
Jordan Henderson hailed Liverpool’s ‘first-class attitude’ as the Merseyside club made it through to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in nine years after getting past FC Porto.
The Reds played out a dull goalless draw at Anfield against the Portuguese side, but went through 5-0 on aggregate after a scintillating first leg performance at the Estadio do Drago three weeks ago.
On a night of few opportunities, Liverpool had the better of the game and nearly took the lead after half an hour, but Sadio Mane’s effort struck the post.
After the break, Roberto Firmino had an effort blocked before substitute Danny Ings had a header brilliantly saved by veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
The hosts did not play with their usual high pressing style of play as some of the players may have had one eye on Liverpool’s crucial Premier League game against rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
And Henderson said Liverpool wanted to win the game but were ultimately satisfied to make it through to the next stage of the competition.
He said: “We’re through to the next round and that’s the most important thing. We wanted to win but we got through.
“This is the business end of the season. The next few months are important, we have big games coming up, we have to keep working hard and the results will come.
“We’ve got a great bunch of lads, togetherness, everyone works as hard as they possibly can. Our attitude was first-class tonight.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp echoed the club captain’s views of Liverpool having a good attitude.
Klopp said: “It was not the most exciting game, we had a few chances but didn’t score.
“I am very sure it’s very rare to have a game like this (when 5-0 ahead). We had to be serious and we were.
“I wanted to win (tonight), it’s a knock-out but the boys did really well.”