Liverpool vs Porto, Champions League: live score and latest updates

, Liverpool vs Porto, Champions League: live score and latest updates, Nzuchi Times Independent News
, Liverpool vs Porto, Champions League: live score and latest updates, Nzuchi Times Independent News

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11 min LIV 0 POR 0     

The corner comes to naught but Evanilson powers down the left in the second wave of the attack, diddling Konate and getting to the byline where he finds Konate again, having diligently made a good covering run, to block his cross/shot which is erroneously given as a corner when it hit Evanilson last. No bother as nothing came of it. 


9 min LIV 0 POR 0    

Otavio mugs Tsimikas, bombs down the right and whips over ane excellent cross to the right of the penalty spot. Taremi gets up to meet it but goes for a glancer rather than a full-browed bullet yet he almost gets lucky as he diverts it on to Matip’s head and from there it whistles past the right post for a corner. 


7 min LIV 0 POR 0   

Tsimikas is penalised for a shove on Evanilson on halfway out by the whitewash. Evanilson seems to have twisted his ankle but is OK. The long pass towards the box is easily cleared by Liverpool. 


5 min LIV 0 POR 0  

Liverpool are pretty much stuck in their own half until Konate sprays a long pass to Morton who feeds Oxlade-Chamberlain to hit a curling pass, in to out down the right, with his laces for Salah to chase. Zaidu makes a good and crucial sliding tackle. 


3 min LIV 0 POR 0  

Diaz  uses his fancy footwork down the left, doing a 360 and then an L-shaped drag but Williams isn’t buying what he’s selling and Liverpool defend the flank well. 


2 min LIV 0 POR 0 

Porto are on the attack down the right and earn a throw-in. Twice they look for the ball beyond Tsimikas who, after conceding the throw, then concedes a corner. Matip wins the defensive header at the corner and Liverpool hold Porto at bay 30 yards out. 


1 min LIV 0 POR 0

Liverpool kick-off, defending the Kpp and overload on the left after both sides take the knee. The kick-off has to be retaken after starting before the whistle. 


On the centre spot

Alisson captains Liverpool tonight and exchanges pennants with Pepe. 


Out come the teams

Ce sont les meilleures équipes
Sie sind die allerbesten Mannschaften
The main event

Die Meister
Die Besten
Les grandes équipes
The champions


Jurgen Klopp speaks

We made some changes we needed to make. I like the line-up a lot, this is the most experienced subs’ bench I ever had. I really hope we can play a good game. [Tyler Morton is] a smart kid. He’s a good footballer and nobody plays the No6 roles like Fabinho, so why should he?

But we have a really good baller in that position.

‘Baller?’ Oh Jürgen. You’re 54, same as me. No ‘ballers’ please. 


In the BT Sport studio

We are being spoiled by Peter Crouch and Michael Owen. Why does this broadcaster always give us partisan pundits – Scholes, Ferdinand and the admirably objective Hargreaves on United, McManaman, Owen and Crouch on Liverpool? 


Has anyone ever played for Liverpool

With a higher shirt number than Tyler Morton’s 80 in a Champions/Premier League game? I know higher numbers have been allocated – Harvey Blair has 84 and played in the Carabo as did`#84 Conor Bradley but in one of the top two competitions has there ever been someone higher than quatre-vingts? 


And now for those of you watching in black and white

Liverpool Alisson; Williams, Matip, Konate, Tsimikas; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Morton, Thiago; Salah, Minamino, Mane.
Substitutes  Adrian, Kelleher, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Milner, Henderson, Jota, Robertson, Origi, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold.

, Liverpool vs Porto, Champions League: live score and latest updates, Nzuchi Times Independent News

Porto  Diogo Costa; Joao Mario, Pepe, Mbemba, Zaidu; Otavio, Uribe, Sergio Oliveira; Diaz, Evanilson, Taremi.
Substitutes  Marchesin, Fabio Cardoso, Francisco Conceicao, Eduardo Pepe, Grujic, Corona, Manafa, Vitinha, Wendell, Bruno Costa, Martinez, Vieira.

Referee  Felix Zwayer (Germany)


Pepe is fit and starts for Porto


Tyler Morton starts for Liverpool


Good evening

Porto have never beaten Liverpool in nine attempts and have lost on their last four visits to Anfield by a combined score of 10-1, the Red Men saving their drubbings for the Dragao where they have 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 top spot after two convincing victories over Atletico, the Oporto onslaught  and the opening round defeat of Milan is a priority for Sergio Conceicao’s side.

The Portuguese league leaders, unbeaten in domestic competition so far this season, sit in second place in Group B with five points from a win, two draws and a defeat, a point above Atleti and four above AC Milan who, remarkably, could still qualify if they win their final two games, Porto lose and then draw with Atletico. 

Conceicao spoke to the press on his arrival on Merseyside, arguing that his side have rectified the tactical and individual errors that ruined their performance in the home match.  “It was some time ago that match,” he said. “We have corrected our mistakes and we have worked on that.

“There were some problems in the positions but we analysed it thoroughly and we are focused on the match, it will be a different match. The match is what we make of it. We cannot control the strategy of our opponents but it won’t be significantly different from what they have been showing in recent weeks.

“We have our own weapons, our ambitions and we will go there not just for one more match but a match which will be decisive, crucial.”

Veteran defender Pepe, who has 13 red cards over his career, merely half the number of his former Real Madrid partner Sergio Ramos,  has travelled with the side but Conceicao will make a late decision on whether he can play after he missed the weekend’s win over Feirense with a muscle problem.

Midfielder Marko Grujic is set to start, however, on his return to Liverpool after five years under contract at Arsenal, most of which were spent away during five lengthy loan spells.

“We all are able to watch the games on TV and we know a lot of information about Liverpool, they are a great team,” said the 25-year-old, who joined Porto in the summer after a year on loan. “It’s a special game for me, I will be back in the city where I spent five years. “I’m very motivated and if I get any minutes I will do the best I can so we can win the points.”

For Liverpool James Milner has returned to training  after a hamstring injury which has sidelined him for a month. Left-back Andy Robertson (hamstring) and striker Divock Origi (illness) were also present on Tuesday having missed Saturday’s win over Arsenal.

With qualification to the last 16 already secured, manager Jurgen Klopp will look to rest a number of his players which should mean starts for the likes of Ibrahima Konate, Neco Williams, Nat Phillips, Takumi Minamino and Origi among others.

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