May 25, 2018

UEFA Champions League Report: Liverpool v FC Porto 06 March 2018

08 March 2018, 01:49 | Donald Newman

Champions League Liverpool advanced to the quarter-finals at the back of their 5-0 first leg victory over Porto in Portugal

Champions League Liverpool advanced to the quarter-finals at the back of their 5-0 first leg victory over Porto in Portugal

Liverpool dominated the match and had a number of opportunities to continue their winning run but the huge advantage from the first leg meant the intensity was missing from their game as well as from the home support. "Considering all the affection the fans have shown me since I arrived in Portugal two and a half years ago, I would love to help the team win the domestic league".

"The boys look good in the moment and we should use that".

"Actually, I don't want to make it smaller than it is, but on the other side I don't want to make it bigger than it is".

"This year we belong there to be honest, it should not be a big surprise and the next round will be very hard, there are seven other very good teams involved, so maybe five or four are from England, it doesn't make it easier to be honest".

Porto come into this game on the back of a crucial 2-1 win over Sporting Lisbon in the domestic league. The former Burnley forward was denied a first-ever Champions League goal late on by a smart Iker Casillas save - a chance that Klopp concedes he should have buried.

He said: "The goal is step-by-step, let's see who we get in the quarter finals".

However, Manchester United regained second spot with a last gasp win at Crystal Palace last night so Liverpool will be forgiven for having one eye on Saturday's huge trip to Old Trafford.

"We've proved over the past few years we can beat anyone, but you have to be consistent". The Reds are unbeaten against Porto in their five meetings and I don't think that record is under threat tonight.

The Champions League represents Liverpool's last chance of silverware this season, with Klopp's side pushing for a second-place finish in the Premier League.

'I think they have got the potential to [go the whole way]. If it will be a different lineup to Saturday, I don't know. But you do need to take it one game at a time. The Liverpool boss though, said in his pre-match press conference that he will not completely change his side despite the clutch league game on the horizon.

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