Sport Porto with injury worries ahead of Champions League clash

15:51  13 february  2018
15:51  13 february  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Klopp coy over Mignolet's future at Liverpool

  Klopp coy over Mignolet's future at Liverpool Liverpool’s goalkeeping situation has been well documented over the course of the last two seasons and Jurgen Klopp is still seemingly unsure as to who his first choice is. The Reds boss has alternated Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius over some time now but, in recent weeks, the latter has been the preferred candidate between the sticks. Klopp revealed that Karius will keep his place in goal on Wednesday, too, as Liverpool take on FC Porto away from home in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash. The Liverpool manager, as quoted by Goal, was quizzed on what the future holds for Mignolet, given that the Belgian international has been somewhat frozen out as a result of Karius’ recent form. However, Klopp was coy when speaking about Mignolet and insisted that he was unsure what the future holds for his goalkeeper. “Nobody knows about the future, or I don’t know about the future. In this business it is always the same – it says nothing about that.” “It’s not for me to think about these kind of things. I have to make a decision for tomorrow night and that’s all. No problem.” Karius will be keen to impress and turn in a good performance against Porto.

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. The Gunners chief has already revealed Santi Cazorla looks unlikely to play before the next international break because of an ankle injury , which saw him left out of the team's victory at Sunderland this weekend.

Porto could be without some key players for the visit of Liverpool on Wednesday night.

The Estadio do Dragao is the venue as Porto and Liverpool go head to head for a place in the Champions League quarter finals.

As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Porto defender Ivan Marcano will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the first-leg game. Marcano has been sidelined since late January and alhough he did train with the side earlier in the week, he didn’t complete a full session.

Porto are also without their other first choice centre back in Felipe. The Brazilian was sent off in the final group game, meaning he’ll miss the game due to suspension and key midfielder Danilo is definitley out and faces a race to be fit for the return leg.

Firmino ready for European stage with Liverpool

  Firmino ready for European stage with Liverpool Roberto Firmino wishes to prove with Liverpool that he can be one of Europe’s deadliest strikers, according to The Independent. The Brazilian striker sees the upcoming tie against FC Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League that he can build from his impressive performances and goalscoring this season in the Premier League and the Champions League. Firmino has been clinical in the Champions League, scoring in the qualifying round against Hoffenheim, as well as scoring six in six in the group stages, making him the joint third highest goalscorer in the competition so far, behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane. Firmino said in an interview (via The Independent): “Of course I want to be at their (Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo) level but I only focus on playing a good game.” “If I play a good game then the goals will appear. I am trying to give my maximum for the team and trying to be alongside these great players in Europe.” “Porto are an excellent team with good tradition in the Champions League. It is going to be a tough game and we will have to be at our best tomorrow.” The first leg is played tonight in Portugal, where Firmino has the chance to carry on his goalscoring form, along with the other impressive front two of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané.

Isco suffered an injury during the shock defeat to Girona in the La Liga. Madrid, October 30: Real Madrid could be without Isco, Raphael Varane, Gareth Bale and Keylor Navas for Wednesday's (November 1) Champions League clash FC Porto PTO. Liverpool LIV. Estadio do Dragao, Porto .

It isn't easy to win the Premier League and to reach the Champions League semi-finals. Both Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane scored a brace, with the The Brazilian has been training wearing protective headgear after having eight stitches following the clash that saw Sadio Mane sent off on Saturday.

The Portuguese side’s top scorer Vincent Aboubakar is also a doubt for the game to add to manager Sergio Conceicao’s selection problems.

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Some good news for Porto fans though, it seems, as midfielder Andre Andre looks to be fit despite speculation he may not take part.

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