Liverpool set to destroy Porto at Anfield

With the first leg of our Champions League quarter final tie versus relative European minnows Porto being held at Anfield, we shall surely get off to an absolute flier. Although when we stuffed them 0-5 in 2018 it was actually at their gaff, history suggests we play better at home and having made us heavy odds on favourites the bookies seem to agree. We are of course famously renowned for always doing things the easy way too and so with all of that in mind, what could possibly go wrong.

Here are Jurgen and Virgil van Dijk's thoughts on the matter as they spoke to the press ahead of tomorrow evening's match.


Having listened to the gaffer, I felt the talk of our improvement in the Champions League was a little wide of the mark. To me we haven't been as convincing this season in Europe as last, although as Jurgen highlights we did do a good job against Bayern away. Also as he mentions, we have lots to be positive about - he was asked a lot about our late goal scoring habit and someone noted that while we are scoring those late goals we are still keeping our defensive solidity, which is a good point and a good trait we are showing.

Also a positive brought up was Mo's goal and hopeful returning to form. He's definitely started to play better of late and him continuing that rediscovery of form could be vital against Porto and for the rest of our season.

Of note too was the fact we need to be mindful Porto are out for revenge but as Jurgen rightly said we mustn't be overly respectful of them, but instead concentrate on our own game and if we get that right we should have enough to win.

On the injury front: it sounded like we can breath a sigh of relief - no mention whatsoever of Trent Alexander-Arnold being injured, and those with knocks from the Southampton game such as Gini and VVD sound like they're all now fit to play. Lallana has a minor niggle which may keep him out tomorrow and also Klopp said that Joe Gomez is still short of being 100%. Apparently he needs more training sessions still but Jurgen has brought him so as to have the positive effect of being around the squad.

Virgil is still speaking live as I write but I agree with what he just said: this will likely be a tough game. Maybe tougher than we expect. As VVD further states, Porto are in the quarter finals on merit and we must keep that in mind.

Line-up wise, I suspect that Jurgen will not start Squirrel and instead play a third midfielder, almost certainly Gini. However this would be my team. (Not sure if Milner can play LB but with Robertoson out due to suspension that has to be preferable to Moreno?)

LFC-predicted-lineup-vs-Porto

No mincing about, four attackers and straight in with a four plus goals to nil shellacking, setting ourselves up for as easy a second leg as possible. Will it pan out that way though? Interested in everyone's predictions, line-ups and thoughts.

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