Uefa Champions League preview: Liverpool vs Porto
While the 2018/2019 quarter-final match between English Premier League side Liverpool and Portuguese club Porto promises excitement for fans all over the world, it is more about the history and fierce rivalry between both sides on Tuesday night by 8:00 pm.
The first leg of the quarter-final clash between the two traditional teams in the European elite football competition at Anfield is the 10th clash between Liverpool and Porto.
Although both teams have won the Champions League at different times Liverpool have the edge over Porto in their last nine previous meetings.
Porto have lost to Liverpool on four occasions, winning only one, while drawing the remaining four fixtures.
“Porto are at this stage as they deserve to be, they are going to be coming for revenge as well,” Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk said.
Porto head coach Sergio Conceicao, however, insisted the Portuguese side are not seeking revenge against Liverpool in the Champions League.
“I’ve heard you constantly ask this question, about whether it will be about revenge against Liverpool,” Conceicao told reporters.
“No, it’s not about revenge, it’s a game of football.”
Based on their recent forms, last season’s finalist, Liverpool appear to be the favourite to win the game.
Liverpool have won six of their previous seven matches and have only a draw. Porto, on the other hand, have won five of their previous seven games with a draw and a loss.
Currently, Liverpool sit top of the English Premier League table with a point adrift Manchester City in second place. FC Porto, who are serial winners of the Portuguese League, sits second on the log behind leaders Benfica.
Liverpool will be without suspended left-back Andy Robertson against the Portuguese who were beaten 5-0 at home when the two teams met in the Round of 16 last season.
Midfielder James Milner is expected to deputise in that position. Although Alberto Moreno is Klopp’s other option, the Spaniard has not featured since early January.
Adam Lallana is a doubt with a minor muscle injury which forced him to miss Friday’s win at Southampton.
Also, Porto have problems of their own, with injuries and suspensions of key squad players, leaving them with only 16 available outfield players.
Former Real Madrid defender Pepe is suspended, while captain Hector Herrera was booked against Roma meaning he too is banned for the first leg.
Left-back Alex Telles faces a fitness test after complaining about bursitis in his right hip.