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Firmino confident ahead of Porto match

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Roberto Firmino believes that Liverpool can beat Porto on Wednesday at the Estadio de Dragao during their Champions League tie

It has been Firmino’s strongest season to date in his career with the Brazilian forward having scored 21 goals in 39 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions so far this season.

It will be Liverpool’s first European knockout game in nine years and Firmino is confident about his side’s chances, though acknowledges that Porto will not be easy to beat.

“They are an excellent team with tradition in the Champions League. It’s going to be a tough game and we’ll have to play our best tomorrow.” said Firmino, according to the club website.

The 26 year-old also dismissed the absence of Philippe Coutinho, who recently left the club for Barcelona.

“Yes, of course. Coutinho is a great player but we have substituted him with no problem. Everybody has great responsibility but that’s our job, to deal with that responsibility.”

While not knowing much about their opponents yet, Firmino is aware of Porto’s reputation for playing a very physical and tactical style.

“I know a little bit about them. We haven’t seen the video yet, but I know they are going to be physically and tactically strong tomorrow.”