Porto vs Liverpool: 5 players who could decide the outcome
Wednesday night sees one of the more interesting clashes in the Champions League round of 16 when Liverpool take on Portuguese side FC Porto. The two sides have only met in European competition once before – in the 2000/01 UEFA Cup quarter-finals. That tie saw Liverpool run out 2-0 winners on aggregate, but will it be different this time?
Porto fans will be hoping so. They came through the group stage in 2nd place – helping to eliminate last season’s semi-finalists Monaco in the process – but will be gunning to take out Jurgen Klopp’s side, who won their group and came through unbeaten. With the tie almost promising goals, here are five players who could decide the outcome...
#1 Mohamed Salah
Liverpool paid a club record fee of £36.9m for Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, and thus far this season he’s proven to be worth every penny. Salah simply hasn’t stopped scoring, and he’s already got a total of 29 goals in all competitions, with 5 of them coming in the Champions League group stage. Better still for Salah, the statistics seem to suggest that he’ll have a decent chance of finding the net against Porto.
Liverpool were one of the highest scoring sides in the group stages of the Champions League – their total of 23 goals was only beaten by free-scoring Paris St. Germain – despite the fact that they only won three of their games. Porto meanwhile conceded 10 goals – the second-worst out of all of the sides who made it to the round of 16.
With a seemingly telepathic connection with his forward partner Roberto Firmino, as well as a knack for finding himself in the right position at the right time – witness his ability to capitalise on Eric Dier’s mistake in Liverpool’s recent game with Tottenham – Salah will be looking to add to his goal total in this tie. And if he does, he could be the key to a Liverpool victory.