Iker Casillas sends message to Liverpool fans after huge ovation from Kop end

Iker Casillas was given a warm reception at Anfield. (Reuters)Iker Casillas has paid tribute to Liverpool fans after he received a warm ovation from the Anfield crowd during Porto’s Champions League clash on Tuesday evening.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have reached the Champions League quarter-finals after following up their 5-0 win in the first leg with a goalless draw at Anfield.

Casillas, meanwhile, was given a loud reception as he made his way towards the goal in front of the Kop and the former Real Madrid goalkeeper has expressed his gratitude for the ovation he was given.

‘I would like to thank the Liverpool fans for that lovely detail,’ Casillas told Liverpool’s official website.

‘Applauding a player from the opposite team does not happen very often.

‘You could see that this was a different game to the first leg.

‘We wanted to give a better impression of ourselves – not just for us, but for the fans here and those back in Porto.

‘We were good in defence and in attack and were just missing that goal that would have made this an even better result.’

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson allays injury fears ahead of Manchester United clash

Jordan Henderson believes he will be fit for the trip to Manchester United (Picture: Reuters)Jordan Henderson has allayed fears he suffered an injury during Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Porto at Anfield.

The Reds skipper left the field with wrapping around his right leg following the 0-0 draw on Tuesday night. The result ensured Liverpool progressed to the quarter-finals.

Jurgen Klopp rested Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ahead of Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Manchester United and would have been desperate to see off Porto without encountering any injury problems.

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Asked about his fitness immediately after the goalless draw, Henderson told BT Sport: ‘I just got a dead leg, it should be fine.’

Klopp was also asked whether the game came at a cost ahead of Saturday’s trip to Old Trafford and said: ‘I think our captain got a dead leg but he should be okay, no issues.’

Liverpool thrashed Porto 5-0 in the first-leg but failed to find a breakthrough at Anfield despite controlling the game and being by far the better side.

Jurgen Klopp’s side cruised through to the quarter-finals (Picture: Getty)

The England midfielder left the field with strapping around his leg (Picture: Reuters)‘We’re thought to the next round, we wanted the win tonight but you’ve got to give credit to Porto who came and played well,’ Henderson added.

‘We’re pleased with how we played. This is the business end of the season now, the next couple of months are very important, hopefully we put in good performances and the results follow.’

Klopp echoed his captain’s views, praising Liverpool’s attitude on a night they became the first English club to qualify for the quarter-finals of this year’s Champions League.

‘We did the job,’ the German boss said. ‘It was not the most exciting game but we controlled it, had a few chances. All good. The boys did really well, the attitude was outstanding.’

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Liverpool v Porto team news: Jurgen Klopp rests Mohamed Salah ahead of Manchester United clash

Mohamed Salah drops to the bench for Liverpool’s Champions League clash (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has opted to rest Mohamed Salah for Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Porto ahead of the club’s fixture against Manchester United on Saturday.

The Reds boss confirmed earlier in the week that he would make ‘two or three’ changes to his side after winning the first-leg in Porto 5-0.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also drops to the bench, with Adam Lallana and James Milner returning to action after missing Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.

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Speaking ahead of the match at Anfield, Klopp said: ‘We respect Porto too much and the competition too much to think about real rotation.

‘We will prepare ourselves for the game and we want to win the second half of the tie.

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Liverpool vs Porto TV channel, live stream, kick-off time, date, odds and team news

Mohamed Salah was on the scoresheet AGAIN in the first leg (Picture: EPA)Liverpool host Porto on Tuesday night in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie, but after their rout in Portugal, it would take a miracle for the visitors to qualify for the next stage.

Jurgen Klopp’s men battered Porto 5-0 in their first meeting, making the tie all-but over, despite only being at the halfway point.

Other than that catastrophic result, Porto have actually been in very good form and have won the four matches since that hammering at the hands of the Reds.

However, Liverpool have also looked fantastic and will surely not let their dominant position slip.

Liverpool were on fire in the first meeting (Picture: Getty Images)When is Liverpool vs Porto?

The match is on Tuesday, March 6 with kick-off at 7.45pm at Anfield.

What TV channel is Liverpool vs Porto on and is there a live stream?

BT Sport 3 will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 7pm.

You can stream the match live if you have a BT Sport account and access to BT Sport Player.

Porto tried everything to stop Liverpool’s star man (Picture: Getty)Team news

Liverpool have a pretty clean bill of health, with only Gigi Wijnaldum struggling with illness and Nathaniel Clyne still out thanks to a long-term fitness problem.

Porto are without Danilo Pereira, Alex Telles, Moussa Marega and Tiquinho Soares, all through injury.

Andrew Robertson in action in Portugal (Picture: Getty Images)What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Liverpool – 11/10 (to qualify 1/1000)

Draw – 10/3

Porto – 11/2 (to qualify 125/1)

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Head-to-head in last five meetings

14 Feb 2018 – Porto 0-5 Liverpool – Champions League

28 Nov 2007 – Liverpool 4-1 Porto – Champions League

18 Sep 2007 – Porto 1-1 Liverpool – Champions League

15 Mar 2001 – Liverpool 2-0 Porto – UEFA Cup

08 Mar 2001 – Porto 0-0 Liverpool – UEFA Cup

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Jurgen Klopp names Manchester City as the ‘strongest’ team in the Champions League but insists Liverpool can win competition

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool face Porto in the last-16 of the Champions League (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has named Manchester City as the ‘strongest’ team in the Champions League – but insists Liverpool are capable of defying the odds to win the competition.

Ahead of the first leg of Liverpool’s last-16 clash with Porto on Wednesday evening, Klopp said his team’s performance against City last month proved they can compete with the best.

Scoring three goals within nine minutes, the Reds blew Premier League leaders City away before Pep Guardiola’s side mounted a late and futile comeback as they were beaten 4-3.

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Since that defeat, City have won three of their four league fixtures and thrashed Basel 4-0 on Tuesday to put themselves on the verge of a Champions League quarter-final.

The likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will hope to join City in the last eight and Klopp believes his side have more than enough strength to compete with Europe’s elite clubs.

‘I know it already we can compete with them, I don’t have to look at them,’ Klopp said ahead of Wednesday’s clash Estádio do Dragão in Porto.

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‘I think probably the strongest football team in Europe at this moment is Manchester City. So we played them twice already at the highest level.

‘PSG is a little different, but I don’t look at them, I know it already [we can compete with them]. If we meet them [Man City] then we could beat them. That is how it is.

‘The last 16 in Europe there are so many good teams around who want to be in the competition and we are in.’

Having won 15 of their 27 Premier League games this season, Liverpool are third – above Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal – with 11 fixtures remaining.

Premier League leaders Manchester City thrashed Basel on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)The Reds must focus their entire efforts on the Champions League for now, however, and Klopp admits his side have been ‘waiting for this’ for several months.

‘Now we have to show that we don’t only want to be part of the competition – we are quite ambitious,’ the German boss said. ‘That is how it is and we have to take it seriously.

‘It feels different and you should not ignore that. You should not ignore the song at the beginning of the game. When you hear it – you sit at home and you think, “I want to be part of that”.

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‘It is the biggest club competition. But my experience taught me it is football, so the better side you have the better the chances, and we have quite a good football team.

‘I can not score the goals or whatever but we will be in the right mood for that game tomorrow. It was a long break between the group stage and now, but from the moment we were through we have been waiting for this and that’s what we have to show.’

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Porto vs Liverpool TV channel, kick-off time, date, odds and team news

Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have been in sensational form for Liverpool (Picture: REUTERS)Liverpool return to Champions League action on Wednesday evening as they travel to Porto for the first leg of their round of 16 clash with the Primeira Liga leaders.

The Reds picked up a comfortable 2-0 win at Southampton on Sunday in the Premier League which took them back to third in the table, only two points behind Manchester United in second.

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Porto are in good form themselves, though, winning all three games in February so far and hammering Chaves 4-0 on Sunday.

The Portuguese outfit are two points clear at the top of their domestic league with a game in hand over nearest rivals Benfica and Sporting.

Porto are coming off a comprehensive win at the weekend (Picture: AFP PHOTO)When is Porto vs Liverpool?

The match is on Wednesday, February 14 with kick-off at 7.45pm.

What TV channel is Porto vs Liverpool on?

BT Sport 2 will be showing the game live with coverage starting at 7pm.

Jurgen Klopp has his sights set on a Champions League quarter-final (Picture: AP Photo/Rui Vieira)Team news

Porto look likely to be without leading marksman Vincent Aboubakar who has been struggling with injury and missed Sunday’s game.

Danilo Pereira, Ivan Marcano and Andre Andre are all injured as well, whilst Felipe will miss the game after his red card in the final group stage game against Monaco.

Emre Can will miss the game due to suspension as well, and Klopp will be without Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan and Nathaniel Clyne through injury.

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What are the odds? (Courtesy of Betfair)

Liverpool – 13/10

Draw – 13/5

Porto – 11/5

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Liverpool v Porto: Everything you need to know about Champions League clash

(Picture: Getty)Liverpool face a tough test in the last 16 of the Champions League as they drew Porto in the draw on Monday.

The Reds topped their group and managed to avoid some big names, including Real Madrid, by drawing the Portuguese champions.

Here we run down all you need to know about the clash and how the Reds match up with Porto.

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WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME THEY PLAYED PORTO

Fernando Torres scored a brace last time Liverpool faced Porto (Picture: Getty)The last time Liverpool went toe-to-toe with Porto was in 2007 with qualification for the Champions League knockout stages up for offer.

The Reds have played Porto just four times in their history and have yet to be beaten.

Liverpool smashed Porto 4-1 in their last meeting at Anfield. The Reds also secured a 1-1 draw in the reverse group fixture, how Liverpool would love a repeat of those results.

ODDS FOR FIRST TIE

(Picture: Getty)Liverpool win – 13/8

Draw – 23/10

Porto win – 13/8

WHEN ARE THE GAMES PLAYED

Liverpool will play the first leg on Wednesday February 14 and then welcome Porto to Anfield on Tuesday March 6.

PORTO’S STAR PLAYER

Vincent Aboubakar (Picture: Getty)Vincent Aboubakar has been Porto’s star man in the group stages with five goals in five appearances.

The striker has already scored 20 times in all competitions this season and will be the danger man for Liverpool.

HOW PORTO CAME THROUGH THEIR GROUP

Porto finished runners-up in their group, four points behind Besiktas.

Despite two losses and a draw in the group stage, Porto managed to pip Leipzig to second place thanks to three crucial wins.

But, Porto demonstrated a mean defence, conceding just five times.

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