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Porto vs Liverpool - Champions League Preview

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Chelsea Rogers | 15 February, 2018, 02:56

Liverpool will be aiming to celebrate a return to the Champions League Round of 16 with a win when they travel to Estadio do Dragao to take on FC Porto in the Round of 16 first leg tie on Wednesday.

Porto, meanwhile, finished runners-up behind the impressive Besiktas in Group G, though it should be noted that the qualification of Sérgio Conceição's men came at the expense of last season's semi-finalists Monaco and up-and-coming German powerhouse RB Leipzig. Bobby, as he is called by fans, has scored seven goals in the Champions League (including one in the qualifying round) and 20 overall this season.

Mohamed Salah is a bit of a boring pick for a key player (because it's so obvious) for Liverpool. The Egyptian star has netted in each of his last four games to take his tally for the campaign to 28 goals in all competitions, while also providing eight assists.

On the other hand, Porto's undefeated start in the Primeira Liga has since seen them jump to the summit, ahead of Lisbon rivals, Sporting Clube and Benfica.

He netted five of the team's 15 goals in the group stage of the Champions League.

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However, the Uruguay global does not anticipate there being many goals in the first leg of the Madrid tie. And Di Maria has since moved on to PSG , after quitting United after just a year at Old Trafford.

"I don't know if Porto are going to be afraid but we are going to make their life hard and make them suffer", said Firmino, who has 20 goals for the season in all competitions. However, Firmino is confident of dismantling their opponents and is planning to make them suffer. Liverpool have the second-best attack in the Premier League, they are also good in terms of consistency. "Of course I want to be at their level - I am trying to give my maximum for the team and trying to be alongside these great players in Europe", he said. "We have a strategy, and we will try to stay true to our identity".

It looks like Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has poured doubt on Simon Mignolet's long-term future at Anfield.

"This is what we dreamed about last summer and now we're here".

Travelling Reds fans will hope the current crop can create some memories on this European run like the 2009 vintage did when they comprehensibly defeated Real Madrid. It's the last 16.

The Dragons have established themselves as a side strong in the air and at set pieces, things Liverpool are not so good at, albeit an improvement is evident, which further highlights the role of van Dijk. As you can imagine we believe in Anfield.

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