Premier League leaders Liverpool are set to face Porto in the Champions League yet again. The Portuguese champions will be out for revenge after losing 5-0 to the English side last year. The first-leg of the quarter-finals clash is set to take place on Tuesday April 9th.
The Reds have been in fantastic form in recent weeks after last week’s 2-1 win at home against Tottenham with a fantastic follow-up, beating Southampton 3-1 at St Mary’s stadium on April 5th.
They are expected to have close to a full-strength side with only long-term absentees, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Joe Gomez out. Adam Lallana is also expected to miss out because of injury
Porto will have host of players missing with Vincent Aboubakar missing the game through injury while both Hector Herrera and Jesus Manuel Corona will be out due to suspension. Alex Telles, Mario Mouandilmadji and Goalkeeper Fabiano are all considered doubtful.
The BBC reported that the Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, praised his side’s improvement since losing the Champions League final to Real Madrid last year. "Our development is incredible, especially in these tournaments. We have taken very small steps to improve,’ he said. “The European ride was brilliant until Basel and of course until Kiev. Porto is a tough one but hopefully we can use the good shape the boys are in at the moment,” he added. He went on, "We have much more positive moments in this competition which helps the team."
Klopp also spoke of the impact their meeting last year could have on the game, saying, "We thought last season after we won 5-0, ‘Okay, we should not come here for a while’ and then we are back again.” “It was a strange game. We were very clinical,” he said. “Porto were really good at the start and then we started scoring with two or three goals from counter-attacks.”
He added, "The advantage for us tomorrow is that we are at home. The advantage for them is they can use last year as a motivation.