Porto attacking weapon Vincent Aboubakar set to miss Liverpool game

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Jurgen Klopp Unsure of Simon Mignolet's Future After Making Loris Karius No. 1

But in Liverpool they are facing a team capable of brilliance, as shown when becoming the only side to have overcome Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this season. They are an entertaining side on the road and have both scored and conceded more goals away than at home.

Liverpool head to Porto for their first knockout tie in the Champions League since 2009. Ahead of their latest meeting on Wednesday, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter.

If he fails to recover in time, Tiquinho should continue upfront alongside Moussa Marega as the strike partnership. Ivan Marcano, Vincent Aboubakar, Danilo Pereira and Andre Andre are doubtful for the home side. Felipe is suspended for the game. At the back, the marauding runs of Alex Telles and Ricardo Pereira will be key.

A Porto win is available at 21/10 odds at the same bookmaker. We are in Porto and that is the only thing.

Emre Can will miss the game due to suspension as well, and Klopp will be without Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan and Nathaniel Clyne through injury.

Liverpool back four v Porto: Virgil Van Dijk on during the Premier League match between at St Mary’s Stadium. The link between Roberto Firmino and Mohammed Salah has been a revelation for Reds fans.

Klopp was asked about Liverpool’s chances of winning the Champions League outright, with the question referencing the club’s unlikely triumph in the competition back in 2005.

In the group stage, Liverpool won three and drew three to finish top of their group.

Porto attacking weapon Vincent Aboubakar set to miss Liverpool game
Porto attacking weapon Vincent Aboubakar set to miss Liverpool game

Liverpool FC will now prepare for their first European game of 2018 as they get ready to travel to Portugal in the first leg of their last 16 clash. They haven’t progressed past the quarter-finals since they lifted the trophy in 2004 under Jose Mourinho. Their two other losses in 36 games this season have come in the Champions League.

However, he has hinted that situation has now changed by suggesting Karius will remain in goal for the Champions League first leg.

That being said, the margin for error is far slimmer in a last-16 tie than it is for a group-stage outing, so perhaps the German manager will name his strongest XI available and that involves Karius for now.

A tough test awaits. Trent Alexander Arnold may only be a teenager but he has a real eye for goal from set pieces.

I’d start Karius against Porto too.

Two former Champions League winners lock horns on Wednesday in what should be an under-the-radar mouthwatering contest.

Although Philippe Coutinho, who weighed in with five goals in the group stage, has since moved to Barcelona, Salah in particular has stepped up his goalscoring, notching his 29th of the season in all competitions in the win over Southampton at the weekend. “We need to get a result here”.

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