Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Roberto Firmino On Bench - Liverpool Team vs FC Porto Confimed

Roberto Firmino On Bench - Liverpool Team vs FC Porto Confimed

"Liverpool are all about the way that I think about football", the Porto head coach said.

But after hearing opposite number Sergio Conceicao say they at times play as "the best team in the world", Klopp told his players it is far too soon to be patting themselves on the back yet.

Liverpool travel to Porto for the second time in two seasons, having blown the Portuguese champions away in the round of 16 previous year, but both Klopp and Milner placed little significance on that 5-0 victory. A 2-0 is manageable, but how do you keep Liverpool out when you have to go and score at least twice?

Despite that, Conceicao, who also expressed solidarity towards Liverpool fans the day after the 30th anniversary of the "dark moment" of the Hillsborough disaster, was not giving up on turning the tie around.

"I like the Liverpool dynamics, their game model".


"Porto are a really, really good football team". "They know how to influence a game and an opponent and we have to be ready for this atmosphere". We will have to play at our limit, 100 per cent, and not try to (just) come through somehow because then you cannot stand the power they can create here. They had chances, and we were very clinical on the counter-attack.

The victor of Tottenham vs Man City will play Ajax, while Barcelona take on the victor of Liverpool vs Porto.

Centre back Joe Gomez, who has been sidelined since December after having surgery for a leg fracture, could make his return, Klopp added. Get one, and this tie is probably over.

Joel Matip will nearly certainlyalmost partner Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the Liverpool defence on Wednesday.

Since the start of last season, Liverpool have won three of their four away Champions League knockout games, only losing to Roma in last season's semi-final (4-2). "I'm not sure. But can he come on whenever he's needed: I would say yes".

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