FC Porto vs Liverpool predicted line-ups


Liverpool will be without Dejan Lovren as they look to seal their place in the Champions League semi-finals for the second successive season.

The Croatian centre-back made a rare start in the 2-0 win over FC Porto last week, but has not travelled to Portugal for the quarter-final second leg as the result of an illness.

Joel Matip is therefore expected to continue his partnership with the impressive Virgil van Dijk, while Andy Robertson will surely return at left-back after serving a one-match European suspension.

On the opposite flank, Joe Gomez may make his first appearance since early December following a fractured leg with Trent Alexander-Arnold possibly due a rest.

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Captain Jordan Henderson is set to line up in midfield after recovering from an ankle knock sustained in a win over Chelsea that sent the Reds back to the Premier League summit, while James Milner – who deputised for Robertson in the first leg – and Georginio Wijnaldum could replace Fabinho and Naby Keita.

As ever, Liverpool’s front three rather selects itself. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is not quite ready to return as he continues to build match fitness following a long-term knee injury, but Adam Lallana is in contention after missing three matches with a muscle strain.

Porto, thrashed 5-0 on home soil by the same opponents last season, have been handed a double boost with both experienced centre-back Pepe and Mexican midfielder Hector Herrera back following their respective suspensions.

Vincent Aboubakar is said to be fit after an anterior cruciate ligament rupture, but did not play against Portimonense in the Primeira Liga on Saturday.

FC Porto vs Liverpool predicted XIs
FC Porto predicted XI (4-4-2): Casillas; Militao, Pepe, Felipe, Telles; Brahimi, Herrera, Pereira, Corona; Marega, Soares

Liverpool predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Gomez, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Mane, Salah, Firmino

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Lloris wary of ‘quality’ City threat

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris says they must be wary of the quality that Manchester City possess ahead of tonight’s all-English Champions League quarter-final.

The French goalkeeper kept a clean sheet in the first leg and while he acknowledges the benefit of denying City an away goal, Lloris knows it will be far from straightforward at the Etihad Stadium tonight.

“In a double confrontation it’s always important to not concede a goal at home. It can help you for the return game away, but as we know we’re going to face one of the best teams in Europe.

“They have so much quality in their squad that can make the difference at any moment and can score a lot of goals if the opponent shows weakness.

“1-0 was a good result but now we need to forget about that and try to use it in the best way tomorrow.

“Of course we’re going to have a lot of if, or to do’s, but it’s important to play with your brain to use it in the best way, but that we doesn’t mean we need to stop running. We need to run as much as we can …read more

Source:: Daily times

      

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