Liverpool have been a dominant force this season on the road and did not lose a single game in the Champions League group stage outing this term. But the real challenge starts this Wednesday night when they will travel to Portugal and contest league leaders FC Porto at Estádio do Dragão in the Round of 16 tie of this elite European event.
The Reds might be upbeat following a 2-0 away win against Southampton on Sunday evening but their midweek counterparts are yet to lose a single game in Primeira Liga and their sheer dominance at home will keep the visitors on their toes throughout the encounter.
FC Porto vs Liverpool Injuries And Suspensions:
The Portuguese giants will be without star midfielder Danilo following a calf strain. Centre-back Ivan Marcano is a doubt so is Andre Andre who is suffering from an ankle injury. Defender Felipe will serve a red card suspension but star forward Vincent Aboubakar is likely to return from his muscle strain.
Liverpool will continue to miss right-back Nathaniel Clyne but both Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan is close to returning to full training and likely to be available for the selection against FC Porto. However, they will be without Emre Can for the tie who is suspended for the clash.
FC Porto vs Liverpool Probable Lineups:
Subs: Iker Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Francisco Soares, Abdul Majeed Waris, Otávio Edmilson da Silva Monteiro, Goncalo Paciencia, Oliver Torres, Hernâni Jorge Santos Fortes.
Subs: Simon Mignolet, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Dejan Lovren, Dominic Solanke, Danny Ings, Adam Lallana, Alberto Moreno.
FC Porto vs Liverpool Last Meeting:
Their last meeting at Estádio do Dragão occurred back in 2007 in a Champions League group stage fixture that ended in a 1-1 draw. Lucho Gonzalez earned the hosts an early lead which was then canceled out by Dirk Kuyt a few minutes later.
FC Porto vs Liverpool Key Players:
Porto have been ruthless in attack so far and the likes of Vincent Aboubakar, Moussa Marega, and Yacine Brahimi are likely to be a constant threat in an inconsistent Liverpool backline.
Liverpool will vastly rely on the attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane to grab a result to be in the driving seat before the return leg tie at Anfield.
FC Porto vs Liverpool Head-To-Head Stats:
FC Porto Wins: 0
Liverpool Wins: 2
FC Porto vs Liverpool Current Form (In All Competitions):
FC Porto: W-W-W-D-D
FC Porto vs Liverpool Betting Odds (Subject To Change):
FC Porto: 21/10
FC Porto vs Liverpool Live Streaming:
The game is scheduled for Thursday from 01:15 a.m. IST and will be telecast on Sony Ten 2 for the Indian viewers. However, for online streaming links, send us a message to our official Facebook page.