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SportWhat can Liverpool expect from Porto in the Champions League?

15:26  15 march  2019
15:26  15 march  2019 Source:   readsport.co

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After Liverpool drew FC Porto in the Champions League , it’s time for a look at exactly what’s in store for the Reds in the last 16. The second-most successful side in Primeira Liga history, Porto will present a tough challenge for the Reds when the sides lock horns in February and March.

What can Liverpool expect from Porto in the Champions League? © Octavio Passos/Getty Images Sport FC Porto v AS Roma - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg

Liverpool have drawn FC Porto in the next round of the UEFA Champions League, with the first leg being at Anfield on April 9.

Bayern Munich failed to beat the Reds at the Allianz Arena last week after a disappointing first leg tie, with Sadio Mane scoring twice and Virgil van Dijk once helping the Reds to a 3-1 victory.

After avoiding Juventus, Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United, Ajax or Barcelona, I feel Liverpool got off lightly.

The last time that the Reds faced Porto was in the Champions League round of 16 last year when a Mane hat-trick and one apiece from Mohamed Salah and Firmino saw off their opposition 5-0.

Leicester scouts in attendance during Porto v Roma clash

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Liverpool ’s love affair with the Champions League has been rekindled on Valentine’s Day. Liverpool were as brilliant as Porto were abject. They’re as good as in the quarter finals already.

Liverpool ’s Champions League round of 16 second leg against Porto should be a formality on Tuesday night after the Reds thrashed the Portuguese side 5-0 away from home last month. Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick while Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were also on target as the

What can Liverpool expect from Porto in the Champions League? © Julian Finney/Getty Images Sport Julian Finney/Getty Images Sport

But what can we expect from Porto this time around, and have things changed for them?

After finishing top of their group, Porto drew Roma in the round of 16 and came back from a 2-1 defeat in the second leg to win 3-1 in their next game, with the scoreline ending up 4-3 on aggregate.

Porto are currently second in Liga NOS but level on 60 points, however, with leaders Benfica.

Their top scorer this season is Brazilian forward Francisco Soares, who has 12 goals in all competitions.

What can Liverpool expect from Porto in the Champions League? © Paolo Bruno/Getty Images Sport Paolo Bruno/Getty Images Sport

Eder Militao is their star man. The young defender has picked up real form at centre-back for Porto and has even earned himself a move to Real Madrid next season for £42.7 million.

The Portuguese side have a lot of good players that could prove troublesome at Anfield, and normally play a 4-4-2.

In their last game, they beat Feirense 2-1 away from home with Danilo Pereira and Pepe finding the back of the net.

Last Porto XI – Casillas; Militao, Felipe, Pepe, Telles; Otavio, Herrera, Pereira, Corona; Soares, Marega.

Liverpool agree ticket price reduction with Porto.
Liverpool and FC Porto have agreed on a deal to reduce the price of tickets for their UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg, as reported on Talksport. The Reds play the Portuguese giants at Anfield on 9th April before travelling to the Estadio do Dragao a week later. Away tickets for the second leg in Portugal were set at £73 (€85), but after issues over the high prices when the sides met in the round of 16 last year, the club have worked together and with UEFA to agree on a new price of £52 (€60). In a club statement, Liverpool said: “Liverpool would like to thank FC Porto for working with the club on a pricing structure.

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