Jurgen Klopp can call upon a near full-strength squad ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League last-16 first-leg clash with Porto on Wednesday night.

The Reds take to the Estadio do Dragao looking to secure a vital win on their first knockout-stage clash in Europe’s top tier since 2009.

Having got back to winning ways away to Southampton on Sunday, Klopp’s side can hope to extend their unbeaten run to four games and secure an aggregate lead before the return leg at Anfield.

Klopp has an almost fully fit squad to select from in Portugal, with Ragnar Klavan available again after injury and Joe Gomez likely to recover from a knee problem.

His only definite absentees are Nathaniel Clyne, who returned to full training this week but is a long way from fitness, and Emre Can, who is suspended.

So how should Klopp line his Liverpool side up in Portugal?


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PORTO, PORTUGAL - Tuesday, February 13, 2018: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during a training session at the Estádio do Dragão ahead of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 1st leg match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)


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SEVILLE, SPAIN - Tuesday, November 21, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the second goal with team-mate Mohamed Salah during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Sevilla FC and Liverpool FC at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Can’s absence can be considered a blow given the German’s recent form, but Klopp has already catered for the problem by resting Henderson at the weekend.

The captain will take over in the No. 6 role, in what could be one of few changes on Wednesday.

Karius is set to continue between the sticks, preferred to Simon Mignolet, and Klopp may well opt to stick with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson in his back four.

The only point of contention at the back is whether Lovren or Joel Matip partners Van Dijk, but with the former also rested on…

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