Liverpool vs Porto: Reds should exploit Porto's defensive frailties tonight
Liverpool is still in with a shout of a Premier League & Champions League double this season and they should take a giant stride towards the semifinals of Europe's elite club competition with a win against Porto tonight.
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Liverpool won 5-0 away to Porto in last season's competition and they head into this game unbeaten in 14 in all competitions, and that makes them overwhelming favourites to take a comfortable lead to Portugal next week.
They struggled through the group stage, but that was arguably the group of death, finishing second to Paris Saint-Germain and just ahead of Napoli. Liverpool, strangely, lost all three away games in the groups but put that right with a convincing 3-1 victory at Bayern Munich in the round of 16.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says "the future could be ours" as they prepare for Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Porto at Anfield. The Reds are top of the Premier League with five games remaining and that momentum should help them get past Porto.
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Liverpool will have to do without outstanding left-back Andrew Robertson, who is suspended for the first leg after his late booking at Allianz Arena.
Porto will have to contend with a raft of defensive issues for the contest with both former Real Madrid centre-back Pepe and key holding midfielder Hector Herrera banned. Pepe's absence, in particular, is a concern given left-back Alex Telles has also been out injured for a few weeks.
Usual right-back Eder Militao, who will join Real Madrid at the end of the season, is likely to fill in at centre-back but the defensive reshuffle will be a problem considering that the Portuguese side must deal with Mo Salah - finally back in the goals again on Friday - Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, who has scored seven times in his last seven games. mane, in particular, is the man to watch.
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