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Predicted Liverpool Lineup To Face Porto In The Champions League

Liverpool travel to Portugal to face FC Porto in the first leg of Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday.

The Reds had a fine weekend, piling up Southampton’s misery with a 2-0 win at St.Mary’s. Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah were on the scoresheet as Jurgen Klopp’s men remained at 3rd place, two points off 2nd-placed Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Porto flexed their muscles ahead of the Liverpool game with a 4-0 thumping of Chaves. They are still unbeaten so far in the season; so expect an uphill challenge for Klopp and co.

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There are no fresh injury concerns for Klopp as he hopes to have Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez back in the squad for the last 16 tie.

Adam Lallana, who has been injured since the Swansea game, played the final 10 minutes against Southampton on Sunday. Nathaniel Clyne still remains sidelined following a back operation.

Meanwhile, Emre Can is suspended for the first-leg against Porto.

Probable Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Loris Karius (GK)

Karius did build his case to start in Porto with an impressive showing against Southampton.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)

The youngster seems to be very confident at the moment. Alexander-Arnold is enjoying a breakthrough season under Klopp and the manager could stick with him at right-back on Wednesday.

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

Van Dijk enjoyed a fine return to his old home at the weekend. The Dutchman is expected to start against Porto.

Joel Matip (CB)

Matip looked quite assured against Southampton and his distribution improved too. He should start alongside Van Dijk.

Andrew Robertson (LB)

Full of running and energy, Robertson seems to be an ideal fit at left-back for Klopp. At the moment, there is no chance of Moreno even getting a sniff at a starting spot.

Jordan Henderson (CDM)

Henderson was not involved against the Saints, meaning Klopp gave him a rest for the sole reason of playing him in the Champions League. The midfielder has to lead the team by the example and during tense situations, is expected to show maturity.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (CM)

With Liverpool 2-0 up and comfortable after the break, Klopp decided to take Chamberlain out of the game and replace him with Milner. So this hints the former Arsenal could be set for a start in Porto.

Gini Wijnaldum (CM)

With Emre Can suspended for the first-leg, Wijnaldum will have a task of harrying the opposition with his running and tackling.

Mohamed Salah (RW)

There is no stopping the man from Egypt! Salah was on the scoresheet at the weekend and also provided an assist for Firmino’s goal. At this rate, he could even breach the 40-goal mark in his first season for the Reds.

Sadio Mane (LW)

Mane can cause havoc if the opposition affords to give him give him space and time. A vital member of front three, the Senegalese is a sure starter against the Portuguese giants.

Roberto Firmino (ST)

Firmino’s strike at Southampton took his tally to 20 goals for the season. His effectiveness and link-up play with Salah and Mane are just exquisite. The Brazilian should start on Wednesday.

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Liverpool youngster picks up ankle ligament damage during loan spell

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Marko Grujic

Liverpool youngster Marko Grujic has picked up ankle ligament damage during Hertha Berlin’s 4-2 win over Borussia Monchengladbach, as per Sky Sports.

The Serbian midfielder joined the Bundesliga side on a loan deal and has played four games for them. Hertha are currently second in the competition behind Bayern Munich with 10 points from four games.

Hertha’s general manager Michael Preetz was quoted by Sky Sports saying.

“Marko has managed to make a significant difference to our game in the short time he has been with us, which is why the loss for him personally and for us is very, very bitter.

“Now we will look after him and help him, so that he can play that role as soon as possible.”

The report adds that the midfielder had signed a new deal with the Reds before joining the Bundesliga side on loan and was part of the Serbian World Cup squad in Russia.

Grujic had a huge role to play in Cardiff’s promotion to the Premier League last season and did well in his three starts for Hertha this term.

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It will come as a bit of a blow for the youngster to miss out on game time but hopefully, he will not be out for long and return to full fitness quickly.

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(Video) Mohamed Salah hands Liverpool jersey to tearful young fan after win over Saints

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Mohamed Salah got on the scoresheet against Southampton over the weekend but also there was another moment that is being spoken about on social media.

The Egyptian broke his mini-drought as he scored from Xherdan Shaqiri’s free-kick and he also had a few chances to make it two in the game.

The former AS Roma forward hasn’t been at his free-scoring best from last season but is slowly regaining his mojo in front of the goal.

Wayne Dunlop posted a video of his son on Twitter. The child was holding up a sign after the match at Anfield and Salah gave the youngster his shirt from the game.

It is an emotional video of the Twitter user’s son, Lewis, tearing up as the Egyptian hands him the shirt he wore during the game.

Salah even responded to the video uploaded and Wayne was very happy that his son received such a fantastic piece of memorabilia from Anfield.

The Egyptian is one of the best footballers in the world but it is moments like these that ensure the fans love players more.

Salah could have ignored the young fan and walked down the tunnel but he took time out to make the fan happy.

The Reds lead the Premier League standings at the moment, having won all six of their clashes in the Premier League so far.

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The 25-year-old is yet to hit top gear but it only seems like a matter of time before the goals start raining for the Liverpool forward.

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Jurgen Klopp dispels injury concern after surprise substitution against Southampton

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Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri started for Liverpool in the clash against Southampton and was instrumental in our a 3-0 lead at half-time.

His shot was turned into the net by Wesley Hoedt for our first goal and his free-kick was slotted into an open net by Mohamed Salah for our third.

It was a little surprising that Jurgen Klopp decided to take the Swiss star off at half-time and replace him with James Milner.

Shaqiri was our most impressive attacker on Saturday as he played an advanced role behind our front three.

However, Milner came onto the pitch and we played with three central midfielders, something Klopp has used to great effect throughout his time at Liverpool.

The German spoke to the club’s official website as he explained he wanted more control in the game and that’s why he took Shaqiri off.

“I said to Shaq at half-time that I had never brought a player off after such an influential time without an injury. He is not injured. But I wanted to control the game and go back to our normal formation. And that helped, we really controlled it.”

The manager further added that it was not easy to make the change, given how influential Shaqiri was in the first half.

Klopp did explain the change to Shaq but playing the Swiss star had an impact on our defence and that was a problem for the manager.

“The only problem was defensively. Offensively, it was a good idea but, how I said, we have to work on that more often. But he was good and I liked it.”

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The 26-year-old had a fantastic game and it will be great to see him play more games if he can have the same sort of impact in the coming months.

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