Liverpool host Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday, knowing that they have already confirmed their place in the knockout stages as Group B winners.
The Reds have had a number of roller coaster matches in Europe so far this semester, participated in special matches against Milan and Atletico Madrid, but have managed unscathed with four wins out of four.
Porto are second in the group and have a great chance to advance to the later stages of the competition, but they have a deplorable record recently against their upcoming opponents.
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22 November 2021
When is kick off? Wednesday 24 November, 20:00 (GMT)Where is the match played? AnfieldTV channel / livestream? BT Sport 3 (UK), Paramount + / fuboTV (USA), DAZN (Canada)Highlights? BT Sport YouTube channelJudge? Felix ZwayerWHERE? Bastian Dankert
Robertson got an injury with Scotland / Ian MacNicol / GettyImages
Liverpool are in the middle of another injury crisis, but thankfully for them, they have a bit to go on Wednesday night.
Roberto Firmino, Harvey Elliott, Joe Gomez and Curtis Jones will all miss out, while there are further doubts about the condition of Divock Origi, Neco Williams, Naby Keita, Diogo Jota, James Milner and Andy Robertson.
With all this in mind, wingers and youngsters like Takumi Minamino and Tyler Morton can be given chances in the starting eleven.
Diaz is the danger man / Eurasia Sport Images / GettyImages
Conversely, Porto have a fully trained squad to travel to England with.
Luis Diaz is their player to watch out for. Yttern has an impressive nine goals and two assists in 11 Liga NOS matches this season, and has also scored crucial goals against Milan in two separate matches.
It will be between Evanilson and Toni Martinez for a place next to Mehdi Taremi in the attack.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Morton; Salah, Origi, Minamino.
Porto (4-4-2): Costa; Mario, Pepe, Mbemba, Sanusi; Otavio, Uribe, Oliveira, Diaz; Evanilson, Taremi.
The Reds have not had any problems sending Porto in recent years. The pair were drawn together in the quarter finals and the last sixteen of the seasons 2018/19 and 2017/18 respectively, where Liverpool won those matches 6-1 and 5-0 in total.
They were energetically the best in the first match this season, and won 5-1 in Portugal when Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all joined the goal record.
Although there may be some rotation from Jurgen Klopp here, it is difficult to bet that the latest story will repeat itself.
Porto are still losing after second place in the group and a positive result here would be a good fit for them before their last match at home against Atletico Madrid.
But with Liverpool in such a rampant form – looking particularly hot during their 4-0 demolition of Arsenal – the hosts should take another victory in Europe on Wednesday night.
Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Porto
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