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CL Match Preview: Liverpool versus Porto

Liverpool travel to Portugal to face FC Porto in the second league of the Champions League quarter-final.

The Reds have a strong chance of progressing to the semi-finals for the second consecutive season if they keep a clean sheet.

Previous encounters:

Porto have failed to beat Liverpool in seven attempts losing four times and drawing the other three.

Liverpool’s last visit to the Estádio do Dragão was a memorable one as Sadio Mane’s hattrick helped the Reds to a 5-0 win.

Despite last season’s triumph, Jurgen Klopp’s men shouldn’t undermine their opponents. With the Dragões only losing twice at home in the league this season it won’t be as easy as people may think.

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Team news

Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continued their rehabilitation from long term injuries starting for Liverpool’s under 23’s and helping the young Reds win 6-0.

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Andy Robertson returns from suspension and is fit to feature.

Porto’s Pepe and Hector Herrera return from suspension, which saw the pair miss the first leg.

Predicted lineups

Porto

Casillas; Alex Telles, Militao, Pepe, Pereira; Brahimi, Pereira, Herrera, Corona; Tiquinho, Marega.

With Pepe and Herrera available, Sérgio Conceição will implement both into the starting eleven.

The Porto manager will hope that the two players will give Porto the experience and talent they lacked at Anfield.

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With Marega not living up to expectations in the first leg, Porto fans will be praying he gives them a better performance in the second.

Liverpool

Allison; Robertson, Van Dijk, Matip, Alexander-Arnold; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Milner, Mane, Firmino, Salah.

Despite Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson being excellent in the last three games, Klopp is likely to rest them.

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He could revert back to Milner and Wijnaldum (midfielders he often uses in tough European away fixtures.) Aside from the middle of the park, Liverpool should remain unchanged.

Not a sure thing

The Reds are on top of the world after regaining top spot in the Premier League after dismantling Chelsea.

Fans will expect the Reds to keep the momentum going in Portugal.

With Mohamed Salah looking untouchable again and Mane continuing the form of his life, we could see another high scoring away win in Portugal. I predict Liverpool will win this game 2-1.

What do you think? Can Liverpool hold on or will Porto cause a European upset?

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