On Tuesday, the 09.04.2019, FC Liverpool welcome the Portugal giant of FC Porto in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The game will be held in Anfield stadium, Liverpool. Under the direction of the Spanish referee, Mateu Lahoz will show whether the team of Jürgen Klopp the role of favourites or the Portuguese can provide a surprise.
Despite the suspension of Pepe and Herrera, who received their third yellow card, Sergio Conceicao is optimistic about the squad. Moreover, Jürgen Klopp must also do without Andrew Robertson on a player who must "serve" a yellow card suspension. This failure will not please the German coach in terms of the composition of the defence.
Both teams had not only shone in the past few weeks with consistently positive outcomes but were able to stabilize in time for the Champions League quarter-finals - on the side of the English found again top scorer Mohamed Salah in the game against Southampton the way into the opposing goal. Sergio Conceicao can look forward to the rising form of Yacine Brahimi, who could actively support top scorer Moussa Marega in offensive play. Although the FC Porto has been declared in the media as a clear outsider, the statistics of the Portuguese in the current Champions League season shows a clear picture. With 15 goals scored and only 6 goals conceded the southern Europeans marched through the group stages and showed in the second round absolute fighter qualities and destroyed AS Roma in the Over-time.
As far as the offence is concerned, FC Liverpool certainly will not have to hide and, assuming there are no injuries, will be almost alone: Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were directly involved in more than 2/3 of the goals of Jürgen Klopp's Elves. The opposite is on the side of the English in the current season, a defence that has an outstanding centre-back with Virgil van Dijk, but in the overall structure is often prone to mistake. Certainly, the failure of Andrew Robertson will rest. Although FC Porto had defensive behaviour on no gross errors in the past, the internationally inexperienced team in the defensive series has not been extensively demanded.
The interesting fact the will give you is that both sides meet each other which have their strengths in the offensive ranks. One thing is certain: Goals are guaranteed in this game but not on both sides.
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