Liverpool will be hoping to extend their 100 percent record in the UEFA Champions League when they take on FC Porto in a Group B encounter this evening.
With four wins in four matches, Liverpool have booked a place in the knockout stages of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League and are certain to finish top of Group B even if they lose their next couple of matches.
So, the motivation for Jurgen Klopp and his side will now be to continue their winning run in Europe when they play hosts to FC Porto in their penultimate group game on Wednesday.
Despite having had to deal with threats from AC Milan and Atletico Madrid along the way, Liverpool have done exceptionally well to cruise through to the Round of 16.
The Reds booked their place in the next stage with a 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid earlier this month. Having lost their subsequent match to West Ham United in the Premier League, they bounced back in style to beat Arsenal 4-0 this past weekend and will be looking to carry that momentum forward.
Porto, meanwhile, are second in the group, with five points from four games. The Portuguese giants have picked up just one win in Europe this term – a 1-0 victory over AC Milan last month. Following that, they were held to a 1-1 draw by the Rossoneri in the previous game. With third-placed Atletico Madrid just a point shy, Sergio Conceicao’s men will be gunning for all three points at Anfield ahead of their showdown against Atleti on the final matchday.
The reverse fixture played at Estadio do Dragao saw Liverpool annihilate FC Porto 5-1 with their terrific trio of Mohamed Salah (2), Roberto Firmino (2) and Sadio Mane getting into the goalscoring act.
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Liverpool continue to be without the services of Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Joe Gomez and Roberto Firmino for the clash against FC Porto. In addition, question marks linger over the availability of both James Milner and Naby Keita. Diogo Jota picked up a knock in the weekend win, but it is not expected to be serious.
Jurgen Klopp indicated in his presser that neither Jordan Henderson nor Andrew Robertson was 100% fit, meaning the pair could be held back on Wednesday night. The Liverpool manager could look at this game to give some of his non-regulars a run-out, but there will also be a need for continuity and stability within the side, so the rotation is unlikely to be wholesale.
Alisson Becker is likely to continue in goal, but there could be a double change at the heart of the defence, with Ibrahima Konate and Nathaniel Phillips likely to get a look-in ahead of Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk. Trent Alexander-Arnold, however, is expected to continue at right-back, while Kostas Tsimikas should keep his place in the lineup on the left side after impressing at the weekend.
Moving into the midfield unit, youngster Tyler Morton will be looking to get some minutes in the game. However, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara are likely to be retained with Thiago, in particular, in need of regular minutes to build up his rhythm after a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
While Jota is likely to be available, Klopp could decide to take him out of the lineup, instead handing Takumi Minamino a starting berth through the middle, flanked by the deadly duo of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
Probable Lineup (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Phillips, Tsimikas; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Minamino, Mane