Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Liverpool need result at Porto to make Anfield edge count - Klopp

Liverpool need result at Porto to make Anfield edge count - Klopp

Mignolet has shared goalkeeper duties with Loris Karius this season, with the former having been first choice in the Premier League and the latter chosen to start in the Champions League. Liverpool have not won a major trophy since 2012.

At the time of that particular elimination, Jürgen Klopp was a mere nine months into his spell at Borussia Dortmund. Trent Alexander-Arnold provides an alternative.

What have you made of Mauricio Pellegrino's time in charge?

This recent record of disappointment jars with Liverpool's own understanding of its stature, history and financial clout.

But Karius has started the last three games and Klopp appears to have changed his mind - judging by these latest comments.

Porto will host Liverpool inside the Estadio Do Dragao on Wednesday in the first leg before visiting Anfield on March 6 for the reverse fixture. There have been four knockout-phase appearances since Liverpool's last, for example. PSG is a little bit different but I don't look at them, I know it already that, if we meet them, we could beat them. The defence has been the main concern for Jurgen Klopp's side this season.

Compare that to Liverpool themselves.

While Egyptian Salah's goals have been a revelation since his move to the club previous year, it has been the performances of Brazilian Firmino that have been just as important. It's just the second stage in the competition and there are a couple of titanic clashes that have come earlier than expected.

Porto have triumphed in 24 of their 30 domestic games to date and are unbeaten in open play against any side in their last 24 matches - stretching back to their 3-2 defeat at RB Leipzig on 17 October.

A Last 16 draw against a Paris Saint-Germain team featuring Presnel Kimpembe and Christian Nkunku represents a tough assignment for Zinedine Zidane's side. Collectively, they may be the fastest and most fearless forward line in the Champions League. How much of a confidence boost was that and do you think they are capable to rising to the occasion against Liverpool? On current form, there are few better attackers than the sublime Salah.

At the other end, Cameroon's Joel Matip could be one of the men charged with keeping Porto's three-headed dragon of African forwards at bay, with the Portuguese giants' continental trio boasting the pace, invention and finishing quality to cause problems for any backline.

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