2021-22 UEFA Champions League Group Stage: Week Five – Liverpool vs Porto

Liverpool welcome Porto to Anfield in a huge Group B clash in 2021-22 UEFA Champions League.

With qualification as Group B winners already wrapped up, Liverpool are looking to extend their winning run in this group to five matches.

Porto meanwhile will stay second with victory and can also secure qualification if AC Milan beat Atletico Madrid elsewhere.

 

Team News

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Andrew Robertson (thigh) and Divock Origi (leg) are set to return for Liverpool after missing Saturday’s 4-0 Premier League win over Arsenal.

James Milner and Naby Keita (both hamstring) are expected to be available for selection if club medics deem them match fit but

Roberto Firmino (hamstring), Joe Gomez (calf), Curtis Jones (eye) and Harvey Elliott (ankle) remain ruled out.

Porto have no fresh injury concerns to report with a full squad available for selection.

 

Stat Attack

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in seven previous Champions League meetings against Porto (W5, D2).
  • Porto have kept one clean sheet in three previous Champions League trips to Anfield (D1, L2).
  • Roberto Firmino has scored four goals in his last three appearances for Liverpool against Porto.
  • All four of Liverpool’s opening goals in their group matches so far this season have come in the opening 20 minutes.
  • Porto have drawn their two other Group B away matches this season (D2), drawing 0-0 at Atletico Madrid then 1-1 at AC Milan.

 

Prediction

Despite enduring a slow-burning start in Saturday’s win over Arsenal, Liverpool were simply unbeatable once they hit their groove with aggressive pressing and pace on and off the ball which was a great reaction to their loss at West Ham before the international break.

Porto meanwhile know that they have little chance in this match given their poor head-to-head form against Liverpool, yet have delivered two strong away performances in this group so hopefully will be able to try and make a decent fight of this game.

This game though is Liverpool’s to lose given their form in this fixture and if they play like they finished on Saturday, there is no way Porto will be able to get close unless they go super tight but the Reds should have enough to break them down eventually.

Prediction: Liverpool 4-0 Porto

Result: Liverpool 2-0 Porto

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