Liverpool vs Porto 6 March 2018: Champions League Soccer Preview and Predictions

Klopp named a strong but weakened side in Liverpool's second leg Champions League last-16 clash against Porto and the Reds booked their place in the last-8 with a 0-0 draw at Anfield.

Liverpool do have good momentum so I would expect them to get another win, but I can't see it being one of their classic sparkling performances.

He said: "It's true, we aren't losing a lot of games but we also need to starting taking three points".

Nearly faultless in the Portuguese league this season, still unbeaten after 25 games (four draws), the Champions League last-16 tie against Liverpool proved to be too tall an ask for Porto this season.

The Reds are effectively challenging for silverware on just one front, the UEFA Champions League, but the race for the top-four is still very much on and they are now third in the league table, two points behind their arch-rivals.

Following the Porto tie, Liverpool visit bitter rivals Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday as the two vie for second spot behind runaway leaders Manchester City.

That first-leg cushion enabled Jurgen Klopp to make five changes to the side that beat Newcastle United 2-0 on Saturday, with leading goalscorer Mohamed Salah dropping to the bench for Adam Lallana, who was making his first start in two months. I don't know. But if it will be a different lineup then only because we want to win the game and no other reasons.

Sadio Mane and Salah were the goalscorers at the weekend as Liverpool beat Newcastle
Sadio Mane and Salah were the goalscorers at the weekend as Liverpool beat Newcastle

"I think he has more (appearances) than our whole squad", said Klopp, who embraced Casillas at full-time.

"I think we will have a chance for sure to go to the semis".

Liverpool are undefeated in their last 11 games in Champions League.

"If anybody here thinks they come here and give the game up, leave their star players at home or whatever they are mistaken".

The visitors showed more ambition at the start of the second half, and Majeed Waris drew a decent save from Loris Karius with the game's first shot on target in the 52nd minute.

Lampard agreed, adding: "They have got a great style for the Champions League, they can go away, be solid and counter attack with great speed up front". "It will be all or nothing at Wembley and we're going to have to play very well indeed", veteran centre-back Andrea Barzagli said.

  • Julie Sanders