Loris Karius set to start against Porto

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What are the local press saying about the tie and Liverpool's Champions League aspirations in general? Wednesday gives the Reds the chance to showcase their European credentials but will face a stern test in the Portuguese side that has not lost in their last 23 matches in all competitions.

Of course, the Porto-Liverpool game takes place on February 14.

Unai Emery too, is under pressure to finally bring PSG European glory, particularly since the club have splurged on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.

Many feel Liverpool dodged a bullet drawing Porto, however they'll prove a tough side for Jurgen Klopp's side to progress past.

"He's on a really good way, close to being back in team training but, how you can imagine, when you are that long out then it will probably take quite a while to be ready to play". We go there with belief. It'll be four really intense sessions.

"Having the second game at home can be a real advantage for us", Karius said. But Karius has started six of Liverpool's last seven games, with Mignolet left to handle last month's FA Cup loss to West Brom, leading to suggestions they had swapped roles.

Salah will be supported by Sadio Mane, and while the Senegal worldwide has struggled to replicate his early-season form in recent fixtures - finding himself overshadowed by the North African and Roberto Firmino - he remains one of the competition's brightest attackers.

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

Aboubakar is one third of a menacing all-African frontline that will come up against Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in what could prove a straight shootout.

Another threat from set-pieces, Danilo will most likely be deputised by the fleet-footed Andre Andre while seasoned midfielder general Hector Herrera provides a pivot role.

We expect at least three goals in the game, and we are backing over 2.5 goals in the game as our prediction. Porto are renowned for their attacking prowess - much like the Reds. This was, in part, down to Conceicao's taste for well-organised, disciplined safety-first football - an approach that Liverpool have struggled against at times, both before and during Klopp's tenure. They can win one-off games.

"He's a very important player and he doesn't always have to be the standout player".

"I respect Porto a lot".

On the goalkeeping situation, he said: "To be honest I have not made the final decision but it is not the same situation as it was". But it will be hard, we know that.

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