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Match Preview: Liverpool versus Porto

Liverpool’s quest for their sixth Champions League trophy continues as they take on Portuguese Champions FC Porto on Tuesday.

The previous round saw Porto dispatch Roma, while the Reds beat Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

So who goes through to face either Barcelona or Manchester United in teh semifinals?

The draw

When Porto was announced as Liverpool’s opponents for the quarterfinals there was a collective sigh of relief from Reds fans.

On paper, they may seem the least dangerous team. However, it could become a nightmare tie for Klopp’s men.

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Liverpool have a brilliant record against the Dragões, winning four and drawing two from the six times they’ve played each other.

The last time these two met Liverpool already had a 5-0 lead and Porto seemed more than happy to sit back. This time will be different.

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The Portuguese outfit are in great form and will look for revenge for the last campaign.

This should be a routine win but the second-leg in Portugal might prove to be frustrating for the Reds.

Porto watch

The familiar faces of ex-Real Madrid stars Iker Casillas and Pepe will look to keep Liverpool’s attack at bay.

Both men are out of their prime but their nous and experience could provide a challenging evening for Liverpool’s potent front three.

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The Real Madrid bound Eder Militao has been brilliant so far this season and will look to show the world why Real Madrid spent €50m to acquire the versatile defender.

Forward Tiquinho Soares will be the main goal threat for FC Porto while Vincent Aboubakar is out with injury. He has 13 goals so far this season.

Keys to Liverpool’s victory

Klopp’s men will have to show intensity from the first minute and look to get an early goal.

Someone from the midfield three will have to make up numbers in attack and look top disrupt FC Porto’s defensive structure.

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A formation of Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho would be ideal in this scenario.

If the Southampton game is anything to go by then these three will control the game on Tuesday.

Prediction

Liverpool are expected to win but a big scoreline will be a surprise.

FC Porto will frustrate and will be happy to grab an away goal. One thing for sure is it will be another big European night under the Anfield lights.

The Reds should come away with at least a two-goal win at home.

Will it be the travelling FC Porto fans celebrating or will the Kop be singing Allez Allez Allez?

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