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UCL: Liverpool Set To ‘Pepper’ Porto ‘Red’ At Anfield

The UEFA Champions League returns live on Tuesday and Wednesday with the quarter-final first leg games.

On Tuesday, the focus will be shifted to the games involving Liverpool vs Porto and Manchester City vs Tottenham.

At Anfield, Liverpool will host Porto for the second year in a row as the Reds hopes to repeat their last season dominance against the Portuguese giants.

Liverpool reached the semi-final last season riding on the back of Porto after an emphatic 5-0 aggregate victory.

However, the Reds should not be carried away by their record against Porto who will be playing in the quarter-final after the 2014-2015 seasons.

HEAD TO HEAD

Both teams will be meeting for the 8th time in Europe competition and overtimes, Liverpool have had the upper hand.

The Reds have won three of their previous meeting against Porto and drew three. The last time Porto defeated Liverpool was in July 2004.

All six of the matches between the teams have come in the 21st century. The first was in the quarter-finals of Liverpool’s victorious 2000/01 UEFA Cup campaign; Gérard Houllier’s side drew the first leg 0-0 in Portugal before first-half goals from Danny Murphy and Michael Owen secured a 2-0 second-leg, and aggregate, victory at Anfield.

Porto is seeking a first semi-final appearance since 2003/04 when they lifted the trophy under José Mourinho. Their only two victories in seven previous quarter-final appearances came in the seasons when they were crowned European champions.

Porto has not beaten an English club in the knockout tie since Jose Mourinho last guided the club to eliminate Manchester United in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League round of 16 (2-1 home, 1-1 away).

FORM GUIDE

Liverpool is on their best of form since last season as they reached the Champions League final but lost to Real Madrid.

The Reds may not have won any silverware, but Jurgen Klopp has turned the team to one of the best in Europe, combining flair, pace and doggedness to their style of play.

Liverpool is 14 matches unbeaten in all competitions (W9 D5) since a 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Wolves on 7 January. They have won their last five games, including Friday’s 3-1 Premier League success at Southampton.

The Reds had kept five successive clean sheets before the 4-2 win against Burnley at Anfield on 10 March; they have not managed one in their last five games.

Their opponent, Porto has recorded four-game winning run in all competitions, a sequence that started in the second leg against Roma, was ended by a 1-1 draw at Braga in the Portuguese Cup semi-final second leg on 2 April. Porto progressed 4-1 on aggregate and will play Sporting CP in the final on 25th May.

The last-16 first-leg defeat at Roma is the Dragons’ only reverse in their last 19 away games in all competitions (W14 D4).

With Mohamed Salah ending his goal drought in Liverpool’s 3-1 victory against Southampton, Liverpool need to capitalize on any little chances and score as many goals they can against Porto.

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