‘He has a bit of Scholesy in him’: Michael Owen leads praise for Thiago’s ‘beautiful’ 30-yard strike for Liverpool against Porto… as even rival fans applaud his first-time ‘daisy cutter’

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  • Thiago Alcantara hits a sensational first strike scoring the opening for Liverpool
  • The goal paved the way for the Reds to win 2-0 in the Champions League match against Porto
  • Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand were left fumbling in Thiago’s technique
  • Owen compares midfielder to former Manchester United star Paul Scholes
  • Rival supporters also admit ‘incredible’ goal in Anfield win

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Liverpool may have already made it to the Champions League last-16 as group winners before taking on Porto – but that hasn’t stopped them from producing one of the highlights of Wednesday’s action.

Already seven points clear of Porto with only two matches to play, the Reds could be forgiven for going through the pace to wrap up their group fixtures.

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Instead they demonstrated why they are still one of the most favorites to win the competition, thanks to a wonderful strike from Thiago Alcantara in a 2–0 victory over their Portuguese group rivals.

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Thiago Alcantara celebrates scoring for Liverpool against Porto on Wednesday

The midfielder's sensational 30-yard effort hit the ground running to the bottom corner

The midfielder’s sensational 30-yard effort hit the ground running into the bottom corner

Seven minutes after half-time at Anfield, Porto cleaned up a poor free-kick from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Thiago, who was 30 yards from goal.

With the ball bouncing low towards him, the Spaniard, with a touch, used the outside of his right foot to fly off a crisp powerful drive that kissed the playing surface once before settling into the bottom corner at the end of the coop. And did not give to the keeper. Chance.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen was in awe of the strike, praising the 30-year-old’s almost unparalleled ability, comparing him to former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes.

Owen told BT Sport, ‘He has something different than any other player.

Thiago hugs his manager Jurgen Klopp after being substituted in the Champions League tie

Thiago hugs his manager Jurgen Klopp after being substituted in the Champions League tie

Michael Owen compares Thiago to Paul Scholes as he describes his 30-yard strike

Michael Owen compares Thiago to Paul Scholes as he describes his 30-yard strike

‘There are bits that need fine-tuning but they are great. There’s a little bit of scolasie in him. He is one of the only players on the pitch who will be able to score a goal like this.

Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand believes it is still only a taste of what Thiago can still bring to the Reds.

‘I still think there’s more to come from him (Thiago) in the Liverpool shirt. Some players adapt at different rates,’ he said.

‘You won’t see many pure strikes, a daisy cutter as we used to call it – just from the ground – it’s a beautiful strike.’

Thiago was adjudged man of the match after opening the scoring with his scintillating goal.

Thiago was adjudged man of the match after opening the scoring with his scintillating goal.

Supporters were also surprised at the quality of Thiago’s strike, which was the first goal in a 2–0 win for Liverpool with Mohamed Salah in the net with 20 minutes to play.

One fan said: ‘Oh my god! This is absolutely ridiculous. accept praise. The control and technique required to score that kind of goal can only be done if you are Thiago.

Another added: ‘The Thiago goal is the purest strike of a football I have ever seen. This is amazing.

Liverpool win easy 2-0 at Anfield to underscore their European ambitions

Liverpool win easy 2-0 at Anfield to underscore their European ambitions

Rival supporters also set aside the club’s allegiance to acknowledge the skill displayed by Thiago’s astonishing effort.

One fan admitted: “Liverpool can’t stand it but Thiago’s goal tonight is unbelievable.”

A Chelsea supporter compared the strike to a similar strike by full-back Reece James.

He added: ‘Thiago Reece is watching James’ videos, it seems. Incredible goal.’

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