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Por for never having beaten Liverpool in nine attempts and losing in their last four visits to Anfield by a combined score of 10-1, the Red Men saving their beating for Dragao where they 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 first place after two convincing wins over Atletico, Porto’s attack and Milan’s first round defeat is a priority for the team. scored by Sergio Conceicao.
The leaders of the Portuguese league, unbeaten in domestic competition so far this season, sit second in Group B with five points from a win, two draws and one loss, one point above Atleti and four in over AC Milan who, remarkably, could still qualify. if they win their last two games, Porto lose and draw with Atletico.
Conceicao spoke to the press on his arrival in Merseyside, saying his side had rectified the tactical and individual mistakes which ruined their performances in the home game. “That game was awhile ago,” he said. “We corrected our mistakes and we worked on it.
“There were some issues in the positions but we analyzed it in depth and focused on the game, it will be a different game. The game is what we make of it. We cannot control our strategy. opponents but it won’t be significantly different from what they have shown in recent weeks.
“We have our own weapons, our ambitions and we will not only go for one more game but a game which will be decisive, crucial.”
Veteran defender Pepe, who has 13 red cards in his career, barely half the number of former Real Madrid partner Sergio Ramos, has traveled with the squad, but Conceicao will be late deciding if he can play afterwards. to have missed the victory of the weekend. Feirense with a muscle problem.
Midfielder Marko Grujic is however set to start his return to Liverpool after five years under contract at Arsenal, most of which have been spent away in five long loan spells.
“We can all watch the games on TV and we know a lot of information about Liverpool, they’re a great team,” said the 25-year-old, who joined Porto this summer after a year on loan. “It’s a special game for me, I’ll be back in the city where I spent five years. I’m very motivated and if I get any minutes I’ll do my best so that we can earn points. “
For Liverpool, James Milner has returned to training after a hamstring injury that sidelined him for a month. Left-back Andy Robertson (hamstring) and forward Divock Origi (illness) were also in attendance on Tuesday after missing Saturday’s win over Arsenal.
With qualification for the last 16 already secured, manager Jurgen Klopp will look to rest a number of his players, which should mean departures for Ibrahima Konate, Neco Williams, Nat Phillips, Takumi Minamino and Origi, among others.
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