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.
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
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.
(Video) Watch Alisson and Roberto Firmino provide hilarious responses in latest “Bezzies”
We had seen a similar video of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk a few weeks ago, and this one was just as brilliant between the Brazilians.
It started with Alisson answering about what Firmino would take along with him to an island, and the answer wasn’t really that surprising.
The forward answered his wife, which our keeper also guessed correctly. For Alisson’s options, the correct answer was barbecue, which Firmino got right too.
The pair were also asked what is their best body feature and which club they made their debuts for.
There were some great questions in between and Firmino confirmed that his favourite Brazilian player was Ronaldinho and not Ronaldo, while for Alisson it was goalkeeper Taffarel.
Our goalkeeper even predicted that Firmino would be a better keeper than his attacking partners Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The pair seem to be in great form and in spirits ahead of our crucial tie against Manchester United on Sunday.
Hopefully, we pull off a win and stay atop the Premier League table as the games keep coming thick and fast.
Liverpool interested in signing £70m-rated Bundesliga powerhouse
The 19-year-old has been on fire for the Bundesliga giants this season and has seven goals and five assists in all competitions.
The German also has a couple of international caps to his name and plays mostly as an attacking midfielder.
The report claims that Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are all “actively” tracking the rising star.
Havertz is rated at £70m (h/t Mirror), and he is the next big thing coming out from the Bundesliga. The 19-year-old was phenomenal last season with three goals and eight assists in the Bundesliga and seems set to break that his record in this campaign.
Liverpool have dipped into the German market several times under Jurgen Klopp, and if anyone would have the inside scoop on the 19-year-old, it has to be our manager due to his spell in the Bundesliga.
The Reds could do with an attacking midfielder in the team as we don’t have someone who can do this role. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be the ideal player for the position but it is unlikely we will see him play any minutes this season due to his injury.
We lead the Premier League and made it into the knockout rounds of the Champions League, and with the right signings, there could be some silverware at Anfield this season.
“It is going to be difficult” – Liverpool star believes Manchester United will be tough opposition
Liverpool play Manchester United in the biggest fixture of the weekend, and the Reds have a sizeable lead over their rivals in the Premier League.
We are 16 points ahead of the Red Devils after just 16 games, and another win will keep us at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp has never defeated the Red Devils during his Premier League career, and Georginio Wijnaldum spoke about the tie.
The Dutch midfielder believed we would put up a quality performance, claiming United are a good team while having a bit of a dig claiming they go out not to lose games (h/t Mirror):
“It’s a nice game. We’ll try to put in the same performance that we did against Napoli.
“Things can happen, everyone can have a bad season, it does not mean they [United] are not a good team with good players. Last season, with the same players, they finished second.
“They have good players, a good manager, and they know how to manage games and win games – or not to lose games! It is going to be difficult.”
Jose Mourinho always seems to have a plan when playing against Liverpool, whether it was his Chelsea days or his United days.
We long for a win over the Red Devils, and with our team in great spirits, a win at Anfield could be on the books.
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