Liverpool head to Portugal to face FC Porto in their second Champions League group stage fixture of the season. The Reds beat AC Milan last time out, while their hosts this evening held Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw, the first of no doubt several intriguing results in what will be a very tight group.
Jurgen Klopp’s side remain unbeaten in all competitions this term and are top of the Premier League, a point clear after six games – and face reigning champions Manchester City at the weekend. Before that, though, they’ll want to get the job done on the European scene and put themselves in a strong position in Group B, which means trying to take all three points at the Estadio do Dragao.
The Reds’ boss is unconcerned by his team’s defending despite conceding three to Brentford in an enthralling draw at the weekend, though noted an improvement was required on Tuesday night:
“It’s not that much of a concern because I don’t think you should make these things bigger than they are – but we have to show a reaction, that’s for sure. It’s really tricky to win a football game when you are not defending on your highest level and that’s what we didn’t do. We spoke about it and we know we cannot do it like that. I think we have sorted it but we have to show it tomorrow.”
Follow all the build-up and live action from Porto vs Liverpool in the Champions League below:
Jota returns to Porto
Liverpool striker Diogo Jota returns to the Estadio do Dragao to face his former club tonight.
The forward spent one season with Porto back in 2016/17 and scored nine goals in 38 games while on loan from Atlético Madrid. That means the 24-year-old will face two of his former clubs in the group stage.
Michael Jones28 September 2021 19:43
Porto vs Liverpool
This will be the fifth time Liverpool have faced Porto in the Champions League under Jürgen Klopp.
The Reds have won more games (three), scored more goals (11) and kept more clean sheets (three) against Porto than any other opponent in the competition under Klopp.
Michael Jones28 September 2021 19:39
Klopp on Alexander-Arnold’s injury
Jurgen Klopp spoke before kick off and gave an update on Trent Alexander-Arnold’s groin injury saying:
Michael Jones28 September 2021 19:36
400 up for Henderson
Jordan Henderson makes his 400th appearance for Liverpool tonight and it is also his 60th appearance in Europe. Henderson scored the winner for the Reds in matchday one and it would be the perfect way to celebrate this achievement if he can find the back of the net again this evening.
Michael Jones28 September 2021 19:32
Porto yet to concede at home
Porto are yet to concede a goal at home this season and one of the main reasons for that consistency lies with Diogo Costa.
The 22-year-old goalkeeper seized his opportunity following Marchesín’s injury andhas impressed with clean sheets at home as well as against Atletico Madrid in matchday one.
Michael Jones28 September 2021 19:26
Roger Hunt: Liverpool legend and England World Cup winner dies aged 83
It’s been a sad day for Liverpool FC and sports fans across the country as 1966 World Cup winner and Liverpool’s record league goalscorer Roger Hunt passed away.
The club said in a statement posted on their official Twitter account: “We are mourning the passing of legendary former player Roger Hunt.
“The thoughts of everybody at Liverpool Football Club are with Roger‘s family and friends at this sad and difficult time. Rest in peace, Sir Roger Hunt 1938-2021.”
Michael Jones28 September 2021 19:20
Liverpool and Barcelona primed for a taste of Portugal’s talent factory in Champions League
An associate of Jorge Mendes revealed that when England’s powerhouses or Spain’s big two would travel to Portugal for European commitments, the agent would joke, “here comes the bank”.
It wasn’t one of those “funny like a clown” lines, more befitting the “it’s funny ’cause it’s true” file. Eleven of the 25 most expensive exports from the Primeira Liga were directly transferred to Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City.
That detail only scratches the surface of investment La Liga’s giants and the Premier League’s top six pour into the country’s football, with one talent spotter that surveys the region for City saying it feels “like there are more scouts than players in Portugal”.
Michael Jones28 September 2021 19:14
Klopp on Porto
Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, is not taking his previous wins against Porto for granted and expects a difficult match for his team tonight. Under Klopp Liverpool beat Porto 6-1 over two legs in the 2018/19 Champions League but Klopp believes Porto have changed. He said:
“Porto always change a little bit because they obviously have players going out and players coming in. Still the same manager. It’s not an advantage at all that we won the last two games there, absolutely not, because you only have to think of yourself in the position of the opponent – the first thing you want to do is make sure similar things will not happen again.
“So that makes the job not easier for us. But it’s not about that, we are not like that, we don’t think about the last two games we played there, we think about this game.”
Michael Jones28 September 2021 19:10
Conceicao not looking to past results
Porto’s manager Sergio Conceição is well aware of Porto’s negative record against Liverpool which include two heavy home defeats under his command.
However, Conceicao is not keen to look at the past saying: “Only three players of our current squad faced Liverpool in 2019. It will be a different game and the outcome depends on our strategy and the way we are able to apply it.”
Michael Jones28 September 2021 19:02
Porto vs Liverpool
Porto have never beaten Liverpool in competitive football. They sides have met six times with Liverpool winning four and the other two matches ending in draws.
The most recent matches have belonged to the Reds who thumped the Portuguese side 6-1 on aggregate in the 2018/19 Champions League quarter-finals.
Porto are no pushovers though. They drew 0-0 against La Liga champions Atletico Madrid in their first Champions League group game this season and reached the quarter-finals last season where they were knocked out by eventual winners Chelsea.
Michael Jones28 September 2021 18:54