Liverpool vs Porto Match Prediction: The Reds aim to secure a healthy first-leg lead at their fortress.
Liverpool will face off FC Porto in the Champions League for the second time on a trot. The Reds mauled the Portuguese outfit during last year’s campaign en route to the final, but the Sérgio Conceição’s side is hungry to create history in the almighty stage of the competition this campaign.
Jurgen Klopp is undefeated in the knockout stages and has not lost a game at Anfield in the European competitions as Liverpool manager. There is no doubt that Porto will face a daunting task against the Reds, but they will be hoping to nick away an away goal or two. It will be an interesting clash as both sides battle out for a place in the last four of the tournament.
Liverpool Vs Porto – What numbers suggest?
These two sides have gone six times in the Champions League in the past and the Reds have a superior record over the Portuguese outfit. Liverpool have beat the Portuguese heavyweights thrice and have drawn the game thrice, leaving nil victories for FC Porto in this competition.
Liverpool have won their last five games in all competitions, including the stellar display against Bayern Munich in the previous round of the competition to progress to the last eight. Porto, on the other hand, have won four of their last six games in all competitions and made a strong statement by beating AS Roma in the last round.
Liverpool Vs Porto – Paper Value
Comparatively, Liverpool have upgraded their squad to another level since last March. The Reds have bought Fabinho, Alisson Becker, Naby Keita, and Xherdan Shaqiri, and have kept hold of their front three which was devasting last season. Even though Salah, Firmino, and Mane have not been at their best this campaign, their conversion rate has increased high because of the balanced game of the Reds.
FC Porto also have the likes of Moussa Marega, Iker Casillas, Eder Militao, Alex Telles, Danilo Pereira, and Yacine Brahimi making them very tough to beat at their backyard. The attacking midfielders Otavio and Jesus Corona have an eye for the goal and could cause trouble to Liverpool’s defence.
Even though the visitors might have a strong front four, the Reds defence have stood up to every single task this campaign.
PREDICTED SCORE: Liverpool 2-0 Porto
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Liverpool 🆚 FC Porto
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— Standard Sport (@standardsport) April 7, 2019
✅ #LFC come off with 5⃣ consecutive wins
🔥 #FCPorto boast a squad blending quality and experience
— ShotOnGoal (@shotongoal247) April 8, 2019
🔴 The front three pick themselves
🔴 Gini Wijnaldum needs a rest
🔴 Moreno starts
🔴 It has to be Milner
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) April 9, 2019