Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Mignolet in doubt as Klopp set to opt for Karius against Porto

Mignolet in doubt as Klopp set to opt for Karius against Porto

He said he took pleasure in a meeting of two "historical" clubs - Porto have won Europe's top club competition twice and Liverpool have lifted the trophy five times, most recently in Istanbul in 2005 when Rafa Benitez was in charge.

"Loris will start", Klopp told the club's website.

Liverpool will look to bring home an advantage from the first leg of their Champions League last 16 clash against Porto on Wednesday night.

When Conceicao was appointed manager of Nantes in December 2016, he was the French club's 12th different head coach since chairman Waldemar Kita's arrival just 10 years earlier.

"We qualified for the Champions League without Phil, he was not involved in either of the Hoffenheim games".

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Reports in the United Kingdom have suggested that the 24-year-old German will start the match, meaning former No. 1 Simon Mignolet's days may be numbered at Anfield. They've scored numerous goals this season where they've gone from one end of the field to the other to score in 10 seconds. "It is a dream come true".

But the former Hoffenheim striker refused to be drawn on the Ronaldo comparisons.

Formation and playing style - what system do Liverpool usually play? They haven't progressed past the quarter-finals since they lifted the trophy in 2004.

Porto are now leading the way in the Portuguese Primeira Liga and boast a two-point advantage over both Benfica and Sporting Lisbon, while also having a game in hand.

Liverpool's last appearance in the knockout stages of the Champions League was closer to the release of 'Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)' by Spiller and Sophie Ellis-Bexter than to the present day.

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Porto, on the other hand, have been offensively solid and defensively sound in the Primeira Liga, they are yet to be beaten in 21 games in the Portuguese top flight and have ascertained a 2 points lead over arch-rivals Benfica. The secret to their success this term has been the use of a small but settled squad.

The Cameroonian forward has missed Porto's last two games against Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese Cup and Chaves in the top-flight. Salah's exploits in England need no special mention and he will be expected to make a major difference as the Merseysiders visit Estádio do Dragão.

Porto are likely to pin their hopes on Mali worldwide Moussa Marega and Yacine Brahimi of Algeria while Mexican Manuel Corona will look to provide a goalscoring threat from midfield. "Hopefully we can keep another clean sheet and get an away goal". The clash is set to be a 50-50 for sure, but the battle between Mohamed Salah and Alex Telles will be crucial in deciding the upshot of the game.

Boss Jurgen Klopp has been impressed by the way in which Firmino has relished the increased opportunity to show his prowess in front of goal.

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