Naby Keita (second right) scored a spectacular third goal (Peter Byrne/PA)
Liverpool are following up their UEFA Champions League victory AC Milan by travelling to Portugal in order to face a Porto side which took a point in its first match in the group stage.
Sérgio Conceição’s men secured a hard-fought goalless draw away to Atlético Madrid and will be looking to take maximum points from a home fixture if they’re to have a decent chance of progression to the knockout stages.
The Reds come into the fixture off the back of a disappointing draw away at Brentford in which they threw away a lead late on, and will need to improve significantly defensively against stronger opposition here.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of this Champions League fixture:
When is it?
The match will kick off at 8pm on Tuesday 28 September.
How can I watch?
The fixture will be shown live on BT Sport in the UK with coverage starting from 7pm.
What’s the team news?
Thiago Alcantara will be missing for Liverpool after Jürgen Klopp revealed the Spaniard won’t appear until after the international break due to the calf injury he suffered against Crystal Palace. Naby Keita also missed the fixture against Brentford over the weekend after picking up a knock in the Carabao Cup victory over Norwich a week ago, meaning Curtis Jones is likely to start again in midfield.
Roberto Firmino was back on the bench against the Bees after suffering an injury against Chelsea in August, but with Diogo Jota among the goals again on Saturday, the Brazilian is likely to have to settle for bench duty once again.
Porto will be without first-choice goalkeeper Agustín Marchesín due to an injury the Argentinian suffered in a pre-season friendly against Lyon, while veteran defender Pepe suffered an injury away at Atlético Madrid in the previous round of fixtures and looks set to remain absent here. Chancel Mbemba is banned having been sent off against Atlético Madrid in the previous round of fixtures.
Porto: Costa; Corona, Cardoso, Marcano, Wendell; Uribe, Ferriera; Otávio, Vieira, Díaz; Taremi.
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Jones; Salah, Jota, Mané.
Liverpool have made the Estádio do Dragão a happy hunting ground in recent years and the Reds’ goal scoring form suggests they can put Porto the sword again here. Porto 1-3 Liverpool
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