Liverpool Vs Porto Dream11 Prediction: The Reds aim to repeat the similar kind of performance against FC Porto like last year in the Champions League Quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Liverpool will play their first leg of the Champions League Quarterfinals against FC Porto at Anfield on Tuesday. The Reds ran away from the eyesight of the Portuguese outfit last season when Jurgen Klopp’s side concluded a resounding 5-0 victory at away turf in the Round of 16.
The English outfit enter this game as strong favourites having made a strong statement by beating the reigning Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich in the previous round. On the other hand, Porto were able to overcome AS Roma in the second leg after losing the first leg at Stadio Olimpico.
The head-to-head statistics suggest that Liverpool have the upper hand over FC Porto in the history of the competition.
As these two sides gear up for the Tuesday game, we shall look at the Dream11 picks.
Dream11 team for Liverpool Vs Porto
Alisson Becker: Alisson Becker is a having dream season with Liverpool with 20 clean sheets in all competitions this term. With the great shot-stopping ability coupled with supreme defence in front of him, the goalkeeper has a great chance of shutting Porto’s attack than the opponent Iker Casillas.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: Liverpool’s full-backs are the main source for creativity because they link up with the wingers and strikers for fun. Right-back Trent Alexander Arnold might not have produced an assist in the Champions League this term, but he has found his teammates on seven occasions in the Premier League alone. Besides, he takes set-pieces which makes him a huge asset for the owners.
Joel Matip: Joel Matip has stepped up in the absence of Joe Gomez and the Cameroonian is expected to start on Tuesday. Matip has scored only once this campaign in all competitions, but his partnership with Virgil Van Dijk has worked wonders for Liverpool at the back. Strikers will target Matip, but he handled Robert Lewandowski really well in the last round and gained a clean sheet in the first leg.
Virgil Van Dijk: Virgil Van Dijk would walk into any footballing side currently. The Dutch International is crucial to Liverpool’s hopes of lifting a silverware this campaign because he is an extraordinary asset in the defensive areas of the pitch. Besides his defensive contributions, his prowess to net goals from set pieces makes him undroppable from the fantasy team as well.
Alex Telles: Alex Telles was fighting for fitness ahead of this clash, but the left-back has travelled with the rest of the squad to Merseyside. The Brazilian links up with the forwards well and has many assists to his name this season. Porto’s defender is the set-piece and penalty taker which would help the owners earn plenty of points.
Fabinho: Liverpool’s number three Fabinho bring so much difference to the Reds midfield. The Brazilian is an aggressive midfielder who has the ability to win tackles and make interceptions for fun. Additionally, he has the creativity to find his teammates in the offensive areas of the pitch and an assist could be on the cards as he likes to get up the pitch when an opportunity arises.
Otavio: Otavio operates through both the flanks in the attacking areas of the pitch and has an eye on the goal. The Brazilian International has scored 5 goals and set up another 5 this campaign in all competitions. He normally operates in the right flank and could end up forcing the veteran James Milner to make a mistake as the primary left-back Andy Robertson is suspended.
Jesus Corona: Jesus Corona is another player to take up the place in the starting eleven. The 26-year-old operates through both the flanks and even sometimes, as a right back. He is an integral player of the team and his ability to provide width for the side with breakneck pace and link up play with midfielders and attackers is pivotal to the visitors’ tactics. Trent Alexander-Arnold is slightly susceptible to intelligent wingers and Corona could end up troubling him if he is at his best.
Sadio Mane (C): Sadio Mane has not scored in the last couple of games, but he has been in blistering form since the start of the New Year. The Senegalese International is most likely to cause havoc to Porto’s defence because of the amount of experience in the backline. Pepe and Felipe have been ruled of this tie because of suspensions which hands over a huge boost for the Reds’ number 10 to get on the score sheet.
Roberto Firmino (VC): Roberto Firmino has stepped up his game against big opponents this campaign. The Brazilian has scored against Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and Manchester City in the Premier League this campaign. Besides his ability to have an eye for the goal, he makes countless interceptions and tackles which makes him the most important Liverpool player in the squad. He has struggled against defenders with too much physique and the absence of Pepe and Felipe would have handed him the boost.
Moussa Marega: There was a huge tussle between the strike partners Moussa Marega and Francisco Soares, but the Malian International gets the nod because of the ability to step up his game against big opponents. Marega has scored six Champions League goals this campaign and is the source of goals for the Portuguese outfit. With huge presence, he might have his say against resilient Liverpool defence.
Disclaimer: This team is made on the basis of our research for the game. This XI is what we think would work – you’re free to choose your own XI.