Liverpool Rotate Squad in FC Porto Draw, Prepare for Manchester United

Grant SmithMar 08, 2018

Liverpool fans hope Van Dijk will help them to secure qualification to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals when they host Porto on Tuesday night in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

On the possibility of drawing a Premier League rival, Klopp said: "I don't mind to be honest".

And the German tactician was relieved to find that no fresh injuries came up in the aftermath of their 2-0 victory over the Magpies, just some knocks which he expected to heal in time for the visit of the Portuguese giants.

"But if it will be a different lineup then only because we only want to win the game - no other reason".

"I'm happy for all the people involved that we made that step".

Asked where Salah ranked among his career teammates, 32-year-old Milner added: "I've been lucky to play with some very good players throughout my career and he's up there as well".

Barring a disaster, Liverpool will book their place in the Champions League last eight for the first time in nine years.

The side are in a favourable position of being able to make changes to their squad without fearing the repercussions if they give away a one or two goal lead.

"That front three, when they're on fire, the way they play, the intensity, going to Anfield, the pace they've got in that team - they're going to be a hard proportion for any team in this tournament".

"I think we will have a chance, for sure, to go to the semis and that's, of course, the target". The Senegal forward - who scored six goals in his previous three Champions League games - met Joe Gomez's fizzed cross with an acrobatic volley, which flashed agonisingly over. I think it was time we showed up again.

Jurgen Klopp believes it should not be a shock to football observers that his Liverpool side has advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals.

"We belong there, it should not be a big surprise and next round will be very hard".

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can says all discussions regarding his future have been put on hold until the end of the 2017-18 season.

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