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Porto have never beaten Liverpool in nine attempts and have lost on their last four visits to Anfield by a combined score of 10-1, the Red Men saving their drubbings for the Dragao where they have won the last three 5-0, 4-1 and 5-1. But getting something out of this game against the home side who have already qualified in top spot after two convincing victories over Atletico, the Oporto onslaught  and the opening round defeat of Milan is a priority for Sergio Conceicao’s side.

The Portuguese league leaders, unbeaten in domestic competition so far this season, sit in second place in Group B with five points from a win, two draws and a defeat, a point above Atleti and four above AC Milan who, remarkably, could still qualify if they win their final two games, Porto lose and then draw with Atletico. 


Conceicao spoke to the press on his arrival on Merseyside, arguing that his side have rectified the tactical and individual errors that ruined their performance in the home match.  “It was some time ago that match,” he said. “We have corrected our mistakes and we have worked on that.

“There were some problems in the positions but we analysed it thoroughly and we are focused on the match, it will be a different match. The match is what we make of it. We cannot control the strategy of our opponents but it won’t be significantly different from what they have been showing in recent weeks.

“We have our own weapons, our ambitions and we will go there not just for one more match but a match which will be decisive, crucial.”

Veteran defender Pepe, who has 13 red cards over his career, merely half the number of his former Real Madrid partner Sergio Ramos,  has travelled with the side but Conceicao will make a late decision on whether he can play after he missed the weekend’s win over Feirense with a muscle problem.

Midfielder Marko Grujic is set to start, however, on his return to Liverpool after five years under contract at Arsenal, most of which were spent away during five lengthy loan spells.

“We all are able to watch the games on TV and we know a lot of information about Liverpool, they are a great team,” said the 25-year-old, who joined Porto in the summer after a year on loan. “It’s a special game for me, I will be back in the city where I spent five years. “I’m very motivated and if I get any minutes I will do the best I can so we can win the points.”

For Liverpool James Milner has returned to training  after a hamstring injury which has sidelined him for a month. Left-back Andy Robertson (hamstring) and striker Divock Origi (illness) were also present on Tuesday having missed Saturday’s win over Arsenal.

With qualification to the last 16 already secured, manager Jurgen Klopp will look to rest a number of his players which should mean starts for the likes of Ibrahima Konate, Neco Williams, Nat Phillips, Takumi Minamino and Origi among others.

Join us for the team news from 7pm. 


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