Liverpool vs Porto: Liverpool is well positioned to reserve a spot in the UEFA Champions League semi-final. The Reds have an advantage 2-0 away on Wednesday. Merseysiders opened the quarterfinal with a solid performance. A pair of goals in the first half gave Liverpool control of the match. They were able to pass the second half and save their legs for the second stage.
The victory over Porto in the first match improved the Liverpool record at Anfield during the Champions League game this season to 4: 0-1. Liverpool and Porto met last year in the UCL 16 round and tied the draw at Anfield. After this match, Liverpool 24: 4-4 at home in all competitions.
Liverpool is leading 2: 0 in the first match with Porto in order to advance to the Champions League semi-finals for the second season in a row. You can follow all the actions in the game with beIN CONNECT.
Porto has everything that is needed so that they are not thrown out at the quarterfinal stage. The dragons were in good shape inside the country and scored a fifth victory in a row in the league with the usual 3-0 victory over Portimonense. Sergio Conceisau’s side is second in League of the Nose in goal difference after Benfica and will compete for the title in the remaining five games of the season.
In the Champions League this season, Porto was the strength at home, winning all four matches at home this season. This included an impressive 3: 1 win over Roma to reach the quarterfinals. Interestingly, their last defeat in Estádio do Dragão in Europe came at the hands of Liverpool, when the Reds won an impressive 5-0 victory in the sixteenth round of last season.
In the team news, Conceição will welcome defender Pepe aside after filing the suspension in the first match. Most likely, this will mean that Porto will play four back, and Eder Militao from Real Madrid will play with Pepe. Offensively Mussa Marega is likely to continue his role in the attack. Malian missed a number of key points last week at Anfield, but a hefty 28-year-old will support himself to find the back of the net in his native land.
As for Liverpool, they are still fighting on two fronts, both domestically and in Europe. The Reds returned to the top of the table on Sunday after an impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea. Two goals in two minutes of the second half from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah’s rocket confirmed all three points, as the momentum moved back to Jürgen Klopp in the race for the Premier League title.
It is perhaps surprising that Liverpool ran quite badly in the Champions League. Before winning 3-1 in Bavaria in the sixteenth round, the Reds lost five games in a row, including defeats from PSG, Napoli and Real. However, Klopp will be confident that his side can progress, especially with Liverpool, who never lost to Porto in European competition.
In the news of the team it is expected that the captain of the club Jordan Henderson will be in good shape after the battle with Chelsea. Klopp may decide to switch his midfield options as he hopes for a tough Premier League match away in Cardiff. Both Fabinho and Nabi Keita may fall on the bench with James Milner and Giorginio Waynaldum. Although Klopp will also have to choose between Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip in central defense.