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20:00  13 february  2018
20:00  13 february  2018 Source:   Read Sport

Porto with injury worries ahead of Champions League clash

  Porto with injury worries ahead of Champions League clash 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. The Portuguese side’s top scorer Vincent Aboubakar is also a doubt for the game to add to manager Sergio Conceicao’s selection problems. 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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It’s been a long time since Liverpool were in a Champions League knockout game but the wait will soon be over when the Reds face Porto on Wednesday evening.

Jurgen Klopp’s men topped their group without losing a game and will be looking to build upon the weekend’s win over Southampton.

With a few players returning from injury, Klopp has almost a full squad to choose from, although Emre Can is suspended for the game.

Here’s the XI I think the manager will select for the game:

Loris Karius

Loris Karius played all six group games and it looks like he’ll stay in the side for the knockouts too.

Joe Gomez

Gomez is back fit and I think Klopp will pick him over Trent Alexander-Arnold to give a bit more defensive stability to the Reds.

Liverpool duo Mane and Salah set for new deals

  Liverpool duo Mane and Salah set for new deals Liverpool are planning to reward both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah with new contracts after their fine return this season. The Mirror reports that despite Mane having three years remaining on his current deal, the Reds want to ensure they tie down Mane’s long-term future. Mane currently earns around £80,000-per-week but the new deal will see his wage rise significantly. Salah is also likely to receive a significant pay rise, despite joining in the summer. The former Chelsea winger has already scored 30 goals for the Reds in all competitions. Liverpool are cautious about losing any further attacking players after Philippe Coutinho’s £143 million move to Barcelona in January and want to protect what they have. Mane has enjoyed a fine season at Anfield but has often been overshadowed by either Salah or Roberto Firmino. However, the former Southampton man was particularly impressive in Liverpool’s rampant 5-0 away win at Porto during the week. Mane netted three goals, helping Liverpool to a huge lead ahead of their second leg with the Portuguese side.

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Dejan Lovren

Lovren didn’t play at St Mary’s but I think he gets the nod here.

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Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool’s record signing looks set to make his European debut for the club.

Andrew Robertson

Alberto Moreno is back fit and is certainly an option but I think Klopp sticks with Robertson.

Jordan Henderson

With Can suspended, Henderson will anchor the midfield.

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Gini Wijnaldum

Wijnaldum’s energy could be a key factor in this game.

James Milner

There are a few options open to Klopp for the third midfield role, with Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in contention, but I think he’ll want Milner’s experience on the field.

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.

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Sadio Mane

Mane’s form has been hit and miss but he’s still a huge threat and will start.

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Mohamed Salah

Speaking of huge threats! Mo Salah has been in amazing goal scoring form all year. He’ll be looking for goal number 30 of the season in Portugal.

Roberto Firmino

Liverpool’s key man, Firmino will lead the line.

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