Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
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FC Porto: Liverpool must be wary of Dragon's roar

FC Porto: Liverpool must be wary of Dragon's roar

Mignolet has featured in that time, playing in the 3-2 FA Cup defeat by West Bromwich Albion, and the presumption was that he had become Liverpool's "Cup goalkeeper" and would therefore start their last-16 first leg at Estadio do Dragao today.

The 26-year-old right-back has missed the entire season with a back injury and despite undergoing surgery in December was included in the club's Champions League squad for the knockout stages. "They will want to make sure they don't give themselves too much to do but I've experienced it myself and that crowd can influence a football match, especially on a European night".

The Reds have a good record against Porto, with two wins and two draws from the four games played between the two sides.

He said: "I can't remember the last time we had a Nigerian in Liverpool apart from Victor Moses' brief stint there".

Salah and Firmino in particular were excellent so Klopp will surely stick with his best attack for this vital Champions League game meaning the likes of Dominic Solanke, Adam Lallana and Danny Ings will once again have to make do with places on the bench.

Yes, Liverpool's game against Southampton only had two but for the most part Liverpool games are high-scoring.

"On a good day we are really strong but tomorrow we need to be outstandingly strong to get a result at Porto", he said.

In terms of results, he's talked the talk but also walked the walk: Porto are top of the league and did well to finish as runners-up in their tough Champions League group, finishing behind Besiktas but ahead of Monaco and RB Leipzig.

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"I don't know yet if he'll [Gomez] be available on Wednesday, but I think he has a chance", Klopp told Liverpool's official website. "But I haven't made the decision so far". The front three of Salah, Firmino, and Mane is expected to continue.

There is a huge level of respect to Porto as a club and their experience in this competition.

But Karius has appeared to move up the pecking order in manager Juergen Klopp's plans, starting in the club's last five EPL fixtures.

"We kept a clean sheet and scored fantastic goals, that's all we wanted".

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