Liverpool vs Porto: Key Battle, Where To Watch, Coaches Pre-Match Talk

Mo Salah scores a massive goal for Liverpool as the Reds defeated Napoli to reach Champions League last 16 (image courtesy PA)

Premier League leaders Liverpool welcome suspension-hit Porto for Tuesday’s quarter-final first leg. The Kops regained top spot in the Premier League with victory at Southampton on Friday, but Jürgen Klopp is adamant his side will not let the domestic title race affect their European ambitions, telling reporters they will “try everything” to win the competition.

Concise News reports that Klopp’s team cannot afford any slip-ups against in-form Porto, who are eager to make amends for last season’s 5-0 aggregate defeat in the last 16.

Key battle

Jordan Henderson v Danilo: This is one of three key battles picked out by Liverpool’s website following Henderson’s superb substitute cameo against Southampton. With James Milner likely deployed as a replacement left-back, Henderson’s industry in central midfield will be especially important if the Reds are to take charge of possession as they would expect to at Anfield.

Where to watch

Fans have no need to miss a single minute of the action in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season.

The vast appeal of the UEFA Champions League is reflected in its broadcast reach, with partners in Europe and across the globe-spanning territories in Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America, the Middle East, Oceania and beyond.

UEFA’s broadcast partners in Nigeria are Canal+ and SuperSport, so you can enjoy the matches on these stations.

Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool coach

“It’s warm outside, spring is coming and we are in two big competitions, so it’s fine. We have not finished the season, we have not finished our development. We want to write a few proper things on the pages of that season book. We are on fire, to be honest.

In training, you can see we are in an extremely good moment, but so are other teams as well, and we all play for a lot. You will see tomorrow that Porto also really want to go through so it will be a tough one but that’s how it should be.”

Sérgio Conceição, Porto coach

“Liverpool are on a very high level. Every week they have a very high level of competition. With us, it’s not like that, no disrespect to the other teams [in Portugal].

Recognising the power of the opponent, our absences and that we are in the first leg of the quarter-finals, we have to be smart and creative in terms of strategy. No one wanted to draw Liverpool but we are all ambitious.”

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Ridwan is a trained communicator who specialises in football and squash. He has been published by African Examiner. He provides professional coverage of general news, politics and sports, and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first Nigerian interview with South Africa's no. 1 male squash player, Jean-Pierre Brits. He is a proud Nigerian and campaigner for #NigeriaIsOurs.

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