Liverpool will face FC Porto in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final at Anfield Stadium on Tuesday (9/4/2019). For both clubs, this duel repeated the memory of last season.
But the difference is, the Reds and The Dragons face each other in the last 16 of the Champions League 2017-2018. At that time, Liverpool were the winners and qualified for the quarter-finals 5-0 on aggregate.
At the first meeting that took place at the Estadio Do Dragao, February 14 2018, the Red squad managed to embarrass Porto with a score of 5-0. Sadio Mane appeared as the star of Liverpool’s victory thanks to his hat trick in the 25th, 53th and 85th minutes.
For the other two Reds goals Mohamed Salah in the 29th minute and Roberto Firmino in the 69th minute. Meanwhile, the second leg match at Anfield Stadium, March 6 2018 ended with a score of 0-0.
Liverpool were ambitious to repeat the sweet note, while keeping hope of qualifying for the Champions League semifinals this season. Moreover, the quarter-final second leg was held at FC Porto headquarters, Estadio Do Dragao, April 17, 2019.
“We feel at a good moment. We feel that each of our players is fantastic. We are ready. In practice you can see us really in a good moment, but other teams are like that too,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
“We all go through a lot of matches. The future can be ours, maybe not our own, but we can help,” he continued.
On the other hand, FC Porto is not an arbitrary opponent. Iker Casillas et al. in onfire because they have not lost in the last six games in all competitions, with details of five wins and one draw.
“This match has nothing to do with revenge, we see Liverpool as a very strong team,” FC Porto coach Sergio Conceicao said.
“Last year, Liverpool were Champions League finalists so we knew about the strength they had, all of these elements,” said the former Portugal national team winger.