Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool can challenge Europe's best

Dean Simpson
February 15, 2018

Brace yourselves, ladies and gentlemen!

We're approaching six years since Africa produced a Champions League victor, but with a swathe of continental stars still in the running in this year's tournament, will that run end this year? Liverpool and Porto fans, meanwhile, have a mouthwatering clash of their own to look forward to.

Speaking in his press conference on Tuesday ahead of the game against Porto, Klopp however predicted a hard first leg clash in Portugal.

Porto and Liverpool lifted the Champions League trophy in 2004 and 2005 respectively, but have been meek in recent years.

Conceicao will be aiming to take advantage of the Reds' defensive frailties as he plots a course into the last-eight.

Loris Karius has started the club's last five league games.

Liverpool clinched a place in the Champions League knockout stages five years ago today.

Champions League last 16 power rankings: Who is the most in-form team? Fernando Torres scored a brace to lift Liverpool to a 4-1 win at Anfield.

"If they can go back to Anfield in the tie and with an away goal then they will be very happy". Nathaniel Clyne is a longer-term patient while Joe Gomes is another doubt. We go there with belief.

It was Salah's 29th goal this season, with six of them coming in European competition, while Firmino's 20 goals include seven in the Champions League. To add to that, he has notched up an impressive 11 assists, the latest being a sublime back-heel to set up Salah against Southampton. "That's why Liverpool paid the price they did for him". So much has changed for the Reds since they topped Group E back in early December.

The hosts enjoyed a free scoring group stage campaign, with the highlight being a resounding 5-2 win over Monaco. They're doing it week in, week out and when one of them is struggling, the other one pops up, or the other two will pop up. During this period, Liverpool won thrice and kept two clean sheets, reported Reuters.

The man in Real's goal for both matches was Casillas.

Here's an interesting stat for you. But, he has travelled with the Liverpool contingent to Porto for the post-match camp.

Besiktas are the only team to beat Porto at home this season. "I am trying to give my maximum for the team and trying to be alongside these great players in Europe".

Nevertheless, Liverpool sit third in the Premier League - on account of Chelsea's obscurity - and just two points below Manchester United.

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