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    Default CL QF 1st Leg: Porto come to Anfield

    A bit of a break from the joys of a title race so we can focus on the joys of a European Cup chase. It’s probably fair to say that 90+% of Liverpool fans wanted Porto in the QFs more than any other side. With a 5-0 thumping last season still fresh in the memory, I suppose the thinking is more of the same, yes please. I don’t know enough about Porto’s form this season to determine if they’re better or worse than last season. They are in a two-horse race for their title (with Benfica) like us with City. They’ve lost 3 games so far, compared to 2 for the whole of last season, when they won the title. They did knock out Roma in the R16, but the thinking there is that Roma’s zenith might have been against us for them. In short, I’m guessing they may have improved, but probably not by enough.

    Our greatest concern is the suspension of Robertson and it appears that Milner will fill the role. Given the improvement he made to the side when he came on against Southampton, I think that will preclude Klopp putting in a youngster from the reserves. The back four then with Milner, the front 3 as expected. Again the guesswork is about the midfield. Henderson after his Southampton heroics? I would think yes. Fabinho and Wijnaldum to make up the triumvirate. Which means Keita sits despite his Southampton heroics and no start for Lallana.

    I wonder if AOC makes the bench? Given that we’re expected to win handily enough, perhaps. I’m not certain we will repeat last season’s score line, but I do expect us to carry a 2+ goal advantage to Portugal.

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    Lovren and Keita a surprise.
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    Alisson,

    Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Milner,

    Henderson, Fabinho, Keita,

    Salah, Firmino, Mane.


    Subs: Mignolet, Wijnaldum, Gomez, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi, Matip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Dave View Post
    Lovren and Keita a surprise.
    Indeed. I think Lovern has been fit for about 2 weeks now. Wonder has Gini lost his place?

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    I see Shaqiri nearly made it on at the end. I'm older than many of you young 'uns around here, and this will probably surprise many, but I can remember a time, a time now lost in the mists of memory, when Shaqiri actually played football on the field for Liverpool. Yes, it's true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samarkand View Post
    I see Shaqiri nearly made it on at the end. I'm older than many of you young 'uns around here, and this will probably surprise many, but I can remember a time, a time now lost in the mists of memory, when Shaqiri actually played football on the field for Liverpool. Yes, it's true.
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    Salah should have seen a red for that tackle.

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    Sure did. Curious, two-match ban if it had been?
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    Think so.

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    Job done despite the MF looking vulnerable and some shaky moments by Alisson. Must take Porto seriously at the Dragao.
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