Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool can challenge Europe's best

Inevitably, Klopp was asked if Liverpool can repeat the improbable Champions League win of 2005. The team is unbeaten in its last 23 matches in all competitions.

Porto haven't lost a game in a long time, but they will against an altogether different level of quality in Liverpool. The recent win at Southampton was a rare game where Liverpool had less possession than the opposition, so they are capable of sitting back and breaking away from home.

The Champions League is back again, folks! Due to the Reds not being involved in the FA Cup action at the weekend it represents a chance for some warm weather training for the squad; a chance Jurgen Klopp has taken up.

While Besikas, Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Shakhtar Donetsk and AS Roma don't boast any African representation, the other 11 teams still standing in the tournament each feature at least one of the continent's players, all of whom will be dreaming of European success.

"It'll be four really intense sessions and then we will come back to England and have a full week to prepare for the West Ham game and the rest of the season".

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.

Mignolet has been Liverpool's established number one since arriving from Sunderland in the summer of 2013, but last month he hinted he was considering his options.

As a result, Klopp was quizzed about Mignolet's future in his press conference: "Nobody knows about his future. I am pretty sure the quality of the teams is too big", he countinued. It says nothing about it.

I think he will, purely because Lovren is yesterday's news to Saints fans now and his hapless luck on and off the pitch has made him a walking meme. It is a slight surprise to me though that he seems to have struggled with Liverpool so far.

Ragnar Klavan has returned to first team training and could be hoping for some minutes.

The conundrum for all managers of leading Portuguese clubs is adopting a formula of play which can control domestic matches against inferior opposition yet be able to adapt to the rigours of European football.

"Getting consistent game time helps a lot".

Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Meanwhile, midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has warned his teammates against complacency against Porto, whose progress in the competition is expected to end at the hands of Liverpool.

Vincent Aboubakar is the top scorer for Porto this season.

  • Stacy Allen