Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Which Liverpool player will replace Emre Can against Porto?

Which Liverpool player will replace Emre Can against Porto?

Liverpool travel to Porto in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie on Wednesday and Karius, who is likely to start the match, is keen for the Merseyside club to take control. They are a mixture of football and fight, experience and youth, well organised and fluent. Usually if someone asks about the next round I leave the room immediately.

They have won 12 of their last 14 games, and they must have a sense of optimism ahead of the tie.

"In other competitions it doesn't sound too good but here, it is already a message".

"I don't like talking about the round after the round you are playing, in fact I hate it".

"Only because I am a friendly person, I answer the question and because we are in public". Klopp made a decision to name the German shot stopper in his starting XI for the 4-3 league victory over Manchester City on 19 January, later confirming the 24-year-old is now set for an extended run in the first-team.

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He could revisit these characters, and I think he felt so comfortable, obviously with Ron being there, that it was just fun for him.

But insisting his players are determined to bring a positive result back to Anfield, Klopp later told reporters: "We know Anfield is a place where the crowd can make the difference and that's what we will want to use in the second game but for that we need a result in the first game". "Probably the strongest team in Europe at the minute is Manchester City".

The Reds are the second top scorers in the Premier League this season but have struggled at the back, and Gerrard says the club must play to their strengths when they step out at the Estádio do Dragão. I do think it's going to be fun though.

The trio is expected to start so as to keep things simple in the middle while creating overloads to stifle any possible Porto attacks down the middle.

As the squad departed John Lennon Airport on Tuesday afternoon, Klopp said: "It is normal we take a bigger squad to a European game because we have three days away at least. And of course we as a team we will never do that".

"I don't know if they are going to be afraid or not but we will make their life hard for sure".

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The Champions League clash game is available in most countries through the rights holders' online platform, if they have one.

The Reds are preparing to make the trip to Portugal as they gear up for their first European game of 2018 and they aim secure their progress to the quarter-finals. On Wednesday, the Porto boss could be without as many as five first-team players due to various fitness concerns as well as suspension.

In all the rotation Jurgen Klopp has implemented at Liverpool over the last few months, one midfielder has been a consistent presence in the team; Emre Can.

Mohamed Salah is the favourite to score in the game, and we are also backing him as our prediction in this game.

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