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21:35  15 april  2019
21:35  15 april  2019 Source:

Telles will be fit for Champions League first-leg against Liverpool

Telles will be fit for Champions League first-leg against Liverpool Porto’s Alex Telles will be fit for the first-leg of the Champions League quarter-final clash against Liverpool, according to a report from Portuguese outlet Zero Zero (translated by Inside Futbol). The left-back is one of the key men in a Porto side that have impressed thus far in the competition, and had been a doubt for the match after injuring himself taking a penalty in a recent Primeira Liga match. It seems, however, that the 26-year-old will be ready for the trip to Merseyside after he participated in conditioning training Thursday.

Porto v Liverpool: Key Battles © Julian Finney/Getty Images Sport Liverpool v Porto - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: First Leg

Liverpool put themselves well into the ascendency of their Champions League tie with Porto after their 2-0 win at Anfield last week.

The Reds eased to victory, with their goals coming from Naby Keita and Sadio Mane.

But the game was not as cut and dry as some might think. Porto had a couple of very good chances of their own, and on another day, the score could have been a lot different.

Porto are a tough side, and they are hard to beat for any team. If the Portuguese outfit grab an early goal, it could potentially be very edgy for Liverpool.

The Premier League leaders must keep in mind that if they score one goal, Porto will have to score four, making an already uphill task near on impossible.

But here we will take a look at some of the key battles going into this game, which will decide who makes it into the Champions League semi-finals.

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Opposition View: Porto (A).
Last week Liverpool put one foot into the Champions League semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Porto at Anfield. But with the two sides heading to Portugal for the second leg, the tie is far from over. Porto will be looking to avenge their humiliating 5-0 loss at the Estadio do Dragao in last year’s Champions League while Liverpool will be looking to make back-to-back semi-finals for the first time since the 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons. Both sides will be high on confidence having picked up key wins as they battle for their respective league titles over the weekend.

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