Firmino: Liverpool will make life hard for Porto

Firmino: Liverpool will make life hard for Porto

Somewhat bizarrely Klopp was then asked whether Liverpool could win the tie in the first leg.

Porto haven't won the domestic title since 2012-13, but they are doing well this season and now sit at the top with a game in hand.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reacted in a curt manner after being posed a question in Tuesday's press conference he loathes.

Formation and playing style - what system do Liverpool usually play? He was cautious. "I don't think the 2005 side thought about winning the Champions League before the last 16", he said.

The biggest concern surrounds the availability of star striker Vincent Aboubakar.

The Cameroonian forward has missed Porto's last two games against Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese Cup and Chaves in the top-flight. Yacine Brahimi and Moussa Marega provide pace and trickery as well.

The Reds haven't made it to the last-eight of the competition since 2009. Felipe is suspended for the game.

Both sides have played each other four times in Europe. At the back, the marauding runs of Alex Telles and Ricardo Pereira will be key.

However it is unlikely that Henderson will just be handed Can's responsibilities from the weekend. We are in Porto and that is the only thing. At the back, Nathaniel Clyne continues to be unavailable, although he has traveled for the post-match camp, having stepped up his rehabilitation from back injury. Of course, it is absolutely too early to think about him, but he is back in normal training, so that's cool.

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It would appear that the 2003/04 European champions are traditionally slow starters and therefore the exact team that Liverpool would want to face.

If they can avoid getting beaten badly, Liverpool will be happy. Their two encounters in Portugal both ended in draws.

Liverpool's tie with the Portuguese side is their first in the knockout stages since 2009.

Porto are yet to repeat their Jose Mourinho-inspired triumph of 2004 and lift the European Cup for a third time in their history, but they continue to punch at or above their weight against the continent's great names.

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.

While Coutinho's fellow countryman Firmino has scored 19 times in 31 games so far this term. Also, no player was directly involved in more goals than Firmino away from home in this season's group stages (4 goals, 2 assists).

A tough test awaits. Karius should play every single game left. Trent Alexander Arnold may only be a teenager but he has a real eye for goal from set pieces.

There is a huge level of respect to Porto as a club and their experience in this competition.

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