History Suggests Liverpool Must Start Hard & Fast Against Porto

Potential Liverpool lineup against FC Porto | UEFA Champions League

Instead, they would have to overcome a club who last met expectations in this competition nearly a decade ago.

"The two games coming up are the ideal stage for him to show why Liverpool were prepared to spend so much money on him".

The Egypt global netted five in six in the group stages, and only Harry Kane (23) has more goals than him (22) in the Premier League this term.

Madrid possess the ability to put their so-so form from this season firmly behind them and with Ronaldo, Bale and Modric have the quality to beat anyone.

"They do some sensational stuff in training, but you've seen the best of them out on the pitch".

Thiago Motta and Edison Cavani are unlikely to feature for Paris on the away trip as they struggle to regain fitness.

"He's on a really good way, close to being back in team training but, how you can imagine, when you are that long out then it will probably take quite a while to be ready to play". With the hard test brings great opportunity, opportunity to gain an advantage in this last 16 tie and keep all Reds dreaming of more European glory. Everyone can make a difference.

"We are looking to get a result to give us a chance in the second game". We defend high and he needs to get used to Dejan (Lovren) and Joel (Matip).

Reports in the United Kingdom have suggested that the 24-year-old German will start the match, meaning former No. 1 Simon Mignolet's days may be numbered at Anfield.

What are the local press saying about the tie and Liverpool's Champions League aspirations in general?

In the first half of the season, Mignolet was handed mostly EPL duties, while Karius took his place in European games. Karius started the City match and has played in the four league games since. During this period, Liverpool won thrice and kept two clean sheets, reported Reuters. "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling strong and getting consistent game-time helps a lot". I like that. but we are not too bad either, and we want to show that.

He netted five of the team's 15 goals in the group stage of the Champions League.

Another threat from set-pieces, Danilo will most likely be deputised by the fleet-footed Andre Andre while seasoned midfielder general Hector Herrera provides a pivot role.

Their seven-game streak without a home league win is a joint club record and sees them remain in the relegation zone, one point away from 17th-placed Huddersfield. They remain on track to win the Portuguese Cup having edged the first leg of their semi-final against Sporting last week.

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