Will the Reds, who have already qualified, be able to continue their perfect run in the Champions League?

Liverpool will look to extend their absolutely perfect Champions League record when they face Porto in Group B this Wednesday at 21:00. Sure enough, with four wins in four matches, Liverpool have already clinched their place in the Round of 16, and Klopp will likely field a weaker side in this game (also given their long list of injuries).

The reverse is true for Porto, who need to collect as many points as possible to take second place ahead of Atlético Madrid. In the end, everything will be decided in the last game against the Spanish club, but taking a point or even three could obviously put the Portuguese in a better position before this last meeting.

The two teams have just achieved splendid performances in their respective national championships. Porto had an emphatic victory over Feirense (5-1) for the 4th round of the Portuguese Cup. The Reds at Anfield swept aside the Gunners, mortifying them with a 4-0 victory. Keeping their net clean was an important part of the game for Klopp and the German saw his wish come true. The two clubs will therefore approach this match with confidence and in a perfect atmosphere to hear the soft music of the Champions League.

With four wins in four games, Liverpool have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League and the team is even certain of finishing first in Group B. The motivation for Jurgen Klopp and his teammates will therefore be to continue their winning streak in Europe and continue to dispel doubts that have arisen since their loss to West Ham before the international break.

Sure enough, the Merseyside Reds made us doubt their abilities ahead of the international break against West Ham. Indeed, in a difficult game, Jurgen Klopp’s men ended up losing to the Hammers in a heartbreaking encounter between the two teams of the English Top 4. This was not only West Ham’s first league win against Liverpool since January 2016, but also a victory that saw David Moyes’s side overtake their opponents and take third place.

For Liverpool, it was a painful afternoon, which ended their 25-game unbeaten streak and highlighted the defensive weaknesses that threaten their hopes of winning trophies this season. Although Liverpool had possession of the ball (70%) and had five shots on target, it was their failure to prevent the Hammers from scoring that defined the encounter. In fact, West Ham’s three shots on target ended up in the net. The evening must have been frustrating for Alisson, the Brazilian goalkeeper of the Reds.

Perhaps it was the doubt aroused by the loss to West Ham that prompted Liverpool to come out so vehemently against Arsenal last weekend. Liverpool’s three favorite forwards have scored one goal each after exhausting an enthusiastic Aaron Ramsdale to beat Arsenal (4-0) and take second place in the Premier League. Sadio Mane’s header gave the Reds the advantage six minutes before the break. Diogo Jota took advantage of a mistake by Nuno Tavares to cheat Ramsdale and double the stake. Mohamed Salah has finally found his way to the net after the Gunners goalkeeper frustrated the top scorer in the English league several times. Minamino scored the Reds’ last goal as soon as he entered the game.

After a poor defensive performance against West Ham, it’s been a real confidence-building match against Arsenal for the Liverpool back-four. Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Matip and Tsimikas (who has taken over since Robertson’s absence) have taken steps to keep the sheet clean. Unlike the game against the Hammers, the Gunners had three shots without scoring. Liverpool should be in the best position to put in a great performance in Europe, which the club love to do at Anfield.

Porto are in very good shape heading into Liverpool. The Portuguese have scored 13 goals and conceded just three in their last four games in all competitions. Sergio Conceicao’s men are second in Group B with five points in four games. Atletico Madrid have four out of four. Atletico are expected to win against Milan at home (or at least take a point). This means, a priori, that we will be entitled to an exciting final between Porto and the Spanish club in the last match. This game will decide who gets the chance to continue in the Champions League or who goes down to the Europa League.

What does not bode well for the Azuis e Brancos is that Porto have never won a game against these British opponents. Liverpool have won six of those encounters, while three have been drawn. The last time the two sides met was in the first round of the Champions League group stage and Liverpool beat Porto 5-1.

The Portuguese giants have won just one victory in Europe this year (a 1-0 win over AC Milan last month). In the previous match, they had been held in check by the Rossoneri (1-1). What emerges from this Porto side, who have scored 27 goals in 11 Liga Portugal Bwin games, is their ability to not concede goals in difficult games.

Despite conceding five goals against Liverpool (which is entirely understandable given the Reds’ roster), the Dragons have conceded just one goal in their other three games. In addition, this goal was an own goal. If they manage to recreate their defensive energy from those other games, and play forward like they do in the Portuguese League, they could titillate Liverpool.

Winning at Anfield on a European night is difficult, borderline impossible. However, if, against a Liverpool who do not have much to play, Porto can put in a good performance and secure a positive result, their fate will still be in their hands after tonight. Porto face Atletico Madrid in their final group game on December 7.

Although Liverpool have been a very strong team lately, Klopp has racked up some injury concerns. Andy Robertson was not fit to play against Arsenal (Tsimikas took his place) but could return for the game against Porto. James Milner is expected to stay on the bench with a hamstring injury.

Naby Keita, who hasn’t played since the 5-0 win at Old Trafford and the tackle from Pogba, is also close to a comeback. However, Wednesday could come too early for the Guinean midfielder. Against Arsenal, Diogo Jota had to come out after scoring his goal due to a blow.

There are a few long-term absentees for the Reds. They are Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Roberto Firmino and Joe Gomez.

Unlike Liverpool’s long list of absentees, the Portuguese club giant has only one injury concern in their squad. Due to a lack of conditioning, Sergio Conceicao has confirmed that defender Ivan Marcano will not make the trip with the rest of the squad.

Therefore, Conceicao should line up their favorite 4-4-2 against Jurgen Klopp, with Taremi and Evanilson leading the way.

The Reds, already qualified after a great European campaign, do not have much at stake in this match. However, a demotivated Liverpool side at Anfield cannot stay that way for long in front of their supporters. A few players will have the opportunity to impress the German manager with injuries and we believe they will have the energy to get the three points against Porto. Liverpool victory.

Porto will want to stay in the race in this group, before their last game against Atlético. It is essential to gain confidence before this final for second place. We think they will be able to score a goal in this game. Therefore, we believe both teams will score.

The Reds’ many injuries make us say this game is not as straightforward as it claims to be. Porto, a team just as experienced in Europe as the Reds, have their place in eighth to play. We think it’s very plausible that the game will end on a parity score.

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