Don't be fooled by 5-0 win past year, Klopp warns Liverpool

Jose Verdugo
Abril 17, 2019

Porto boss Conceicao paid the Reds just about the ultimate compliment in the build-up to the match, saying this season they have often played like "the best team in the world", but Klopp took it with a pinch of salt.

A 2-0 lead from the first leg makes them heavy favourites, but Porto have won all of their home games in the Champions League this season and Klopp is keen not to take them lightly. The Valentine's Day Massacre, they called it.

On Wednesday, Liverpool know a narrow defeat, never mind a comprehensive victory, will be enough to see them safely into the Champions League semi-finals. A mouth-watering tie against Barcelona awaits.

Klopp's men were 2-0 winners against Chelsea FC in their last Premier League fixture at Anfield on Sunday evening. I think that's impressed me more than when we're playing well because we all know how well we can play - we proved it past year, we blew teams away in certain periods of games. It would be a shock for the ages if the Premier League leaders were to come unstuck.

In fact, Liverpool FC are unbeaten in three visits to FC Porto in the Champions League following stalemates in 2001 and 2003.

"But my players are not silly, they do not underestimate things like this".

In Naples, in Belgrade and in Paris, they faced loud, hostile atmospheres. We know how hard it's going to be: "one goal can change the complex of the tie".

But we can surely expect all of his front three to start.

"Mohamed Salah is back in form and Sadio Mane scored again at the weekend, while Roberto Firmino has been the best of the attacking players recently".

Defender Dejan Lovren and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were both left out of Liverpool's squad to face Porto after missing training on Tuesday.

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Last week I spoke to @infofcporto to get his thoughts ahead of the first leg.

It is in midfield where the rotation could come, and could be needed.

For Liverpool, Jordan Henderson for sure.

What psychological effect will that have? But with the two sides heading to Portugal for the second leg, the tie is far from over.

Milner agreed: "The result previous year was a bit of a false result". It's probably meant as a compliment but we still know we have a really tough job to do tomorrow and probably he said as well he believes in their chances too.

They're back pretty soon, in fact, and they'll need to beware a pumped-up Porto, who would love to get revenge for 2018. "We are here to go to the next round".

"That's exactly what Porto are thinking".

Klopp cut a satisfied figure after the first leg, and no wonder.

Still, not everything pleased him.

"I think Porto score about 40% of their goals from set pieces". The last time it happened and they lost was away at Bournemouth in Dec 2016. That's how it is.

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