Porto vs Liverpool at Quarterfinals Liverpool are seeking a return to the Champions League final after their heartbreak last May and can take a step closer to Madrid by overcoming Porto in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Anfield on Tuesday.
FC Porto vs Liverpool
UEFA Champions League,Quarterfinals
Place: Anfield – Liverpool, ENG
Time: 3:00pm ET
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Liverpool will have to do without Joe Gomez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana due to injury problems.
Additionally, left-back Andy Robertson is suspended, with James Milner primed to fill in for the Scot.
Liverpool starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Milner, Keita, Fabinho, Henderson, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Porto travel to Merseyside without the experienced Pepe available in the centre of their defence. The former Real Madrid defender is suspended along with Mexico international midfielder Hector Herrera, another of their key performers.
Leading the injury list is Cameroon hitman Vincent Aboubakar, while former Newcastle defender Chancel Mbemba is among a sprinkling of fringe players forced to sit this game out.
Porto starting XI: Casillas, Maxi, Felipe, Militao, Alex Telles, Corona, Danilo, Oliver, Otavio, Marega, Soares
Liverpool vs Porto : Match Preview
The Reds find themselves potentially only four matches from a return to the showpiece fixture in European football, having produced a stirring display to oust Bayern Munich from the competition by winning 3-1 in Germany after a scoreless home draw.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is aware, however, that playing at such a level is not to be taken for granted and has urged his players to approach the match at full throttle.
“We are very ambitious. We will try everything.
“This is our second year in the Champions League in succession, not year number 12 or whatever. We are not Real Madrid who have won it the last three times. We like the competition and we will try everything to win the game.”
Meanwhile, the former Dortmund boss has had his own future put under the spotlight, having been linked with a move back to his homeland and Bayern.
“I have a contract at Liverpool until 2022. And nobody here has the feeling that we should cancel it,” he told Welt.
“Neither from the owners nor from my side there is even a tendency in this direction. So, nobody has to think about that.”
Klopp’s stock might be high, but in the opposite dugout is Sergio Conceicao, a coach whose value is rising thanks to Porto’s fine European form.
Roma were dumped out in the previous round and now they are searching for an improvement on the form that saw them knocked out by Liverpool 5-0 on aggregate in the last 16 a year ago.
“I’ve heard you constantly ask this question, about whether it will be about revenge against Liverpool,” Conceicao told reporters. “No, it’s not about revenge, it’s a game of football.
“What happened last year was last year, end of story. We didn’t do things that we wanted to do, and the opponent was very clinical in what they did. We look at Liverpool as a very strong team.”
Despite Liverpool’s formidable home form – they are undefeated in both the Premier League and Champions League at Anfield this season – Conceicao is eyeing an upset.
“I think it’s possible to win here. We’ve prepared for the game to win, that’s what we’ve worked towards and we have to work very hard. That’s what we want from this game,” he said.
Realistically, though, if Porto take the game into a second leg with any sort of chance of progression, they would have to consider that something of a success.