Liverpool take on Porto tonight in a hotly anticipated Champions League last-16 clash, in need of a vital first-leg victory on the road.

The Reds have not reached the knockout stages of this tournament for nine years, with their last side to do so including Jamie Carragher, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres.

Jurgen Klopp is working towards a similarly talented group, and this term Liverpool can be considered an outside bet for European progress.

Porto are currently top of the Portuguese Primeira Liga, but losses to Besiktas and RB Leipzig in the Champions League group stage prove they are not without fault.

Here are five things we’d like to see from Liverpool tonight.


1. An away goal

MARIBOR, SLOVENIA - Tuesday, October 17, 2017: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring the fifth goal with team-mate Dejan Lovren during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between NK Maribor and Liverpool at the Stadion Ljudski vrt. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

No matter what happens, an away goal is vital.

Failing to score in the away leg always puts pressure on not conceding in the second leg at home – even a 0-0 draw would mean Porto only need a score-draw at Anfield to progress.


2. A goal for Sadio Mane

Without a goal in his last five appearances, Sadio Mane looks like a player lacking confidence.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the sixth goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Senegal attacker is working in the shadows of the virtuoso front two of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino but his importance to the team is still clear – the problem recently has just been that he is struggling once inside the box.

Since the Reds’ last Champions League game, the 7-0 hammering of Spartak Moscow in December when Mane scored two, he has just two goals in 12 appearances.

A goal…

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