FC Porto vs Liverpool predicted line-ups: Team news ahead of Champions League quarter-final second leg

Porto host Liverpool on Wednesday evening in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

First-half goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino secured a comfortable victory for the Reds at Anfield in the first-leg. 

But it is not insurmountable for Porto, who came back from a first-leg deficit in the last 16 against Roma. 

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Liverpool can reach the semis for the second time in a row while Porto can reach the last four for the first time since they won the competition in 2004 – Barcelona await the victors. 

Here’s everything you need to know: 


Player ratings: Liverpool vs Porto





1/11 Alisson – 7

2/11 Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7

3/11 Virgil van Dijk – 6

4/11 Dejan Lovren – 5

5/11 James Milner – 6

6/11 Fabinho – 7

7/11 Naby Keita – 8

8/11 Jordan Henderson – 8

9/11 Sadio Mané – 6

10/11 Mohamed Salah – 7

11/11 Roberto Firmino – 8

1/11 Alisson – 7

2/11 Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7

3/11 Virgil van Dijk – 6

4/11 Dejan Lovren – 5

5/11 James Milner – 6

6/11 Fabinho – 7

7/11 Naby Keita – 8

8/11 Jordan Henderson – 8

9/11 Sadio Mané – 6

10/11 Mohamed Salah – 7

11/11 Roberto Firmino – 8

Team news 

Captain Jordan Henderson was substituted late on against Chelsea with an ankle knock, and may be rested tonight as a result. James Milner or Georginio Wijnaldum will deputise, and both could come in if Naby Keita also makes way, depending if Klopp opts for a more robust midfield trio. 

In defence, Andy Robertson returns from European suspension, but unlike the first leg, Dejan Lovren will not be in the starting XI as he wasn’t named in the pre-match squad due to illness. Joel Matip is likely to continue at centre-back. 

Porto will welcome back experienced duo Pepe and Hector Herrera from suspension – a huge boost for the team in defence and in midfield.  

Predicted line-ups

Porto: Casillas, Militao, Felipe, Pepe, Telles, Corona, Pereira, Herrera, Otavio, Soares, Marega

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Milner, Wijnaldum, Salah, Mane, Firmino 

What time is it and how can I watch it? 

The game kicks off at 8pm at the Estadio de Dragao. 

The game will be shown live on BT Sport 3 with coverage starting at 7:15pm. 

Those without access to a TV can stream the game live via the BT Sport website. 

We will be live blogging the game too, of course. 

Odds

Porto: 3/1

Liverpool: 21/20

Draw: 13/5

Prediction  

Liverpool are heavy favourites to progress this evening, and given the Reds pummelled Porto 5-0 in their own backyard last season, you can see why the bookies back Jurgen Klopp’s side so heavily.

A Liverpool goal tonight, which is probable given Liverpool’s attacking threats which include a rejuvenated Mo Salah after his screamer against Chelsea, would require Porto scoring four in order to progress. 

However, if Porto score first, particularly early on, the 50,000 strong crowd will be bouncing. And if last week’s game is anything to go by, when Champions League marksman Moussa Marega squandered some very good chances at Anfield, the home team will create opportunities – this time round, they simply have to take them. 

Liverpool have a full-strength back four to choose from, as opposed to last week when Andy Robertson was suspended. Although they lost all three of their away games in the group stages, a mature, sturdy performance at the Allianz Arena saw off Bayern Munich last month, and a similarly professional display here will set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash with Barcelona. 

The Reds are very rarely shut out, and will score tonight, putting the tie out of Porto’s reach. 1-1 – Liverpool through to the semis. 

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