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Firmino: Liverpool will make life hard for Porto

Firmino: Liverpool will make life hard for Porto

Strong points/weak points - what must Porto beware of and what can they exploit? "It's good for me". "The planes are better, the stadiums and cities are better, the food is better, pretty much everything in the Champions League is better!"

"Klopp confirmed that Loris Karius will start on Wednesday, confirming his newfound status as first choice, after a season of chopping and changing his goalkeeper, but he refused to be drawn on the future of Simon Mignolet".

Now he's hungry for more.

He said that a good result on Wednesday would be "a win without conceding a goal".

Another Black Star could make his first tournament start of the season in Turin, where Kwadwo Asamoah's Juventus face Tottenham Hotspur in one of the most mouth-watering ties of the round. You have to take it round by round. We've played them twice and that's highest level.

Roberto Firmino does not know if Champions League opponents Porto are afraid of Liverpool and their goalscoring threat but he hopes to make them suffer in the Estadio do Dragao. That's how it is but it's not important.

"We'll recover and focus on Porto, which will be a big game for us". Both have already passed 20 goals for the season and have been a joy to watch with their attitude, application and desire.

"I'm not 100% sure with Clyney, he is still not in team training but he is as close as he has been since the summer", Klopp recently said.

"If we were in the final we would try and win it for but it is such a long way away and only good football teams can get there".

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"Now it's Porto and it's quite a hurdle, a nice hill we have to go over". We are looking forward to it.

"But to use that in the second game we need to do the job in the first game".

Klopp's European pedigree is impressive.

"I've had a lot of experience but it definitely helps when you play regularly instead of coming in and out of the team".

"I can not score the goals or whatever". With the hard test brings great opportunity, opportunity to gain an advantage in this last 16 tie and keep all Reds dreaming of more European glory. It's not about me to think about these kind of things now. When you hear it in the stadium, you think I'm part of that.

Liverpool FC were pitted against Porto in the last-16 draw after Klopp's men finished ahead of Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor in what was a relatively straightforward Champions League group.

"We will have the best team that we can line up.

I saw him this morning, he looked good as well", added Klopp. "But I haven't made the decision so far".

At the other end, Cameroon's Joel Matip could be one of the men charged with keeping Porto's three-headed dragon of African forwards at bay, with the Portuguese giants' continental trio boasting the pace, invention and finishing quality to cause problems for any backline.


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