Match Preview: Porto vs Liverpool

Liverpool visit Porto with a two-goal advantage from the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final encounter.

The Reds travel to Estadio do Dragao on the back of a vital victory in the Premier League title race, as they beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday.

Porto, on the other hand, will be trying to overcome the 2-0 deficit from the first leg to reach the semi-finals of the competition for the first time since winning it in 2004.

Team news

Captain Hector Herrera and defender Pepe will be back in Porto’s squad, after missing the first leg at Anfield through suspension.

Vincent Aboubakar, who has been sidelined for over six months after rupturing the ligaments in his left knee is expected to return for the Dragons, ahead of the Champions League clash with Liverpool on Wednesday night.

The Reds have had Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez return to full training recently, but the duo is not ready yet to return on the football grounds.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was substituted with an ankle problem during Sunday’s win over Chelsea.

However, Jurgen Klopp confirmed it is just a knock, so the midfielder is expected to be ready for Reds’ trip to Estadio do Dragao.

What did the managers say

Porto head coach Sergio Conceicao says his team has a fantastic spirit, as they fight Benfica for the Portuguese championship.

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“I believe we can move forward, but now is not the time to talk of that. Our Champions League is becoming champions in Portugal, but we will obviously do all we can to qualify. We are confident for that match. We need to be nearly perfect to beat them, but I believe we still have a word to say.

“The team has a fantastic spirit and a great acceptance of the daily work. We have to do our job and we will look at the numbers in May,” he said via Porto’s official website.

Liverpool are pursuing a Premier League and Champions League double, but Reds manager Jurgen Klopp wants to go step by step until the end of the season.

“We go to Porto now, which will be a tough one, and we will play there as good as possible,” Klopp said via Liverpool’s official website.

“We know they get at least two players back – fixed line-up players, very important, Pepe and Herrera coming back make it a different side. It will be an interesting and difficult challenge.

“Then we play Cardiff and everybody knows they fight for [staying in] the league, everybody knows it is a tough place to go. We go there and we will try everything to win there.”

Stats

Both sides met at Estadio do Dragao last season, as Liverpool thumped Porto with a 5-0 away victory in a game which saw Sadio Mane score a hat-trick.

Porto are unbeaten at home in the Champions League this season, winning all four games with a goal difference of 11-3.

The Reds have won their last seven games across all competitions, beating Chelsea, Tottenham and Bayern Munich in the process.

Liverpool are undefeated since the start of January when they suffered back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Wolverhampton.

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