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Liverpool head to Porto in the Champions League last 16 on Wednesday night, with a first-leg victory of paramount importance on the road.

Porto vs. Liverpool

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 — 7.45pm (GMT)
Estadio do Dragao
Champions League Last 16, First Leg
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)

Incredibly, it is nine years since Liverpool last had a Champions League knockout clash to look forward to—the eventual quarter-final defeat to Chelsea in 2008/09.

Since then, they have had to put up with two group-stage exits, as well as failing to qualify for the competition in six of the last eight seasons.

There is a feeling that the good times are returning under Jurgen Klopp, however, and they have a good chance of reaching the last eight.

Sunday’s win over Southampton was about as routine as Premier League victories come, as it has helped ensure that Klopp has his players fresh for the trip to Portugal.

Getting that all-important away goal is so crucial on Wednesday, and while victory would clearly be outstanding, a score draw to take back to Anfield would be more than adequate.

Defensive resilience will be required against a talented Porto outfit—the Estadio do Dragao is a tough place to visit—but the Reds’ attacking brilliance can really hurt their opponents.

There is something special about Liverpool in the European Cup—the hope is that this is still just the beginning of a remarkable adventure in it this season.

 

Team News

PORTO, PORTUGAL - Tuesday, February 13, 2018: Liverpool's Dominic Solanke, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, captain Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk during a training session at the Est·dio do Drag„o ahead of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Nathaniel Clyne



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