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Liverpool v Porto

8th April 2019, 18:43 by Tom McGarry

Liverpool will be looking to take a giant step towards the semi-finals of the Champions League when they host Porto on Tuesday.

Anfield will be the venue for the first leg of the quarter-final tie and the Reds will head into the contest on a 14-match unbeaten run across all competitions, while Friday's 3-1 victory at Southampton saw them return to the top of the Premier League standings.

Porto are also in the midst of a title battle, as they are currently level on points with Benfica at the top of the Primeira Liga standings, while they have won six of their last seven matches in the Champions League.

The two teams met at the last 16 stage of the competition last term with Liverpool prevailing as comfortable 5-0 winners on aggregate, although Porto did get a credible draw during the second-leg at Anfield.

Liverpool have actually never lost to Porto in a European match, winning three of their six previous meetings.

Jurgen Klopp will have to do without full-back Andy Robertson on Tuesday, however, as he is suspended, although Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum are expected to shake off the knocks they picked up against Southampton.

Defender Joe Gomez is also in contention to feature for the first time since December after recovering from a broken leg, although Klopp has said he won't be risked unless it is necessary.

Porto will be without experienced duo Pepe and Hector Herrera due to suspension, while Vincent Aboubakar and Alex Telles are sidelined through injury.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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