Klopp explains why Coutinho sale won't hinder Liverpool's CL chances

14 February, 2018, 19:57 | Author: Cary Erickson
  • Very Confident of Knocking Liverpool Out, FC Porto Star Insists

Can Liverpool FC beat Porto on Wednesday night?

While he became annoyed when asked about whether Liverpool can emulate the 2005 side and win the Champions League, Klopp will privately be confident of overcoming this hurdle at the very least. With Manchester City over the hill and far away in the Premier League, this is the Reds' only chance of silverware in 2017-18. Check websites for full T&Cs.

They topped their group scoring 23 goals, a record for an English club and a total surpassed only by Paris St-Germain's tally of 25. Ahead of the big games, we have made a decision to assess the chances of the four sides playing tonight in going all the way to the final in Kiev.

The last time Porto and Liverpool met in the UEFA Champions League was back in 2007 when Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres and Peter Crouch scored to burry Porto 4-1.

The Dragoes are yet to lose a single game in the Portuguese top-flight this season, and now hold a hugely impressive +43 goal difference.

Indeed, Leicester City lost 5-0 to Porto in the 2016-17 competition.

It was Salah's 29th goal this season, with six of them coming in European competition, while Firmino's 20 goals include seven in the Champions League.

"We qualified for the Champions League without Phil, he was not involved in either of the Hoffenheim games", Klopp said. For Liverpool, things have started to click off late and the team looks to have found a balance upfront but the defence can be the spoiler.

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Liverpool head into the game in decent form.

In midfield, Emre Can is unavailable as he serves a one-match suspension after accumulating three yellow cards in the group stage.

However, Butland has taken to Twitter to vehemently deny those rumours and insists he is fully focussed on keeping Stoke in the Premier League. Liverpool FC manager Klopp has refused to adopt a conservative approach to crucial games throughout his Anfield tenure.

"If Liverpool are in touching distance of Porto heading into the second leg, I would fancy them to get through and yet the confidence (some would say arrogance) of some to suggest that this is an easy draw baffles me".

He has hit sublime form this season and is the highest scorer for Porto across competitions, his absence can put a huge dent in the Dragons' hopes of upsetting the five times Champions League winners.

Liverpool will take on Portuguese side Porto at 19:45 BST on Wednesday 14 February.

"We are live on television - that's why I didn't do it".



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