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Liverpool vs Porto PREVIEW

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The UEFA Champions League, November 24, Kick-off 20:00 GMT

Liverpool vs FC Porto PREVIEW STATS

Should Liverpool avoid defeat in this game, FC Porto will be the first side they’ve faced on 10 occasions in European competition without suffering a single loss (currently W6 D3 in nine meetings).

Liverpool are unbeaten in their nine meetings with FC Porto in European competition (W6 D3), with five of those games coming during Jürgen Klopp’s reign (W4 D1).

Liverpool have only lost two of their 23 home games in the UEFA Champions League under Jürgen Klopp (W16 D5). Among managers to have taken charge of 20+ home games in charge of a club in the competition, Liverpool under Klopp are one of only four sides to have lost fewer than 10% of their home games (along with Barcelona under Frank Rijkaard, Juventus under Marcello Lippi and Barcelona under Pep Guardiola).

This will be the fifth time that FC Porto have travelled to face Liverpool at Anfield in European competition, while they’ve lost three of their previous four (D1) and only scored one goal. That lone strike came in a 4-1 defeat in November 2007 under Jesualdo Ferreira.

FC Porto have only won one of their 22 away games against English teams in European competition (D3 L18), however that victory did come in their most recent one – 1-0 v Chelsea in the quarter-final second leg last season. The Portuguese side have only scored two goals in their last nine away games versus English opposition.

FC Porto have kept a clean sheet in seven of their last nine games in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League, however one of the games in which they did concede in this run saw them ship five against Liverpool. Indeed, five of the six goals they’ve conceded in their last nine group stage games have been against the Reds (one versus AC Milan).

Luis Díaz scored in his first two UEFA Champions League appearances for FC Porto in October-November 2020, went nine games without scoring, and has then since scored in his last two appearances in the competition (both versus AC Milan).

FC Porto defender Pepe could make his 100th career start in the UEFA Champions League in this game (currently on 99). In doing so, he’d become just the second Portuguese player in the history of the competition to start a century of games, after Cristiano Ronaldo.

Since the start of the 2017-18 campaign – Mohamed Salah’s first as a Liverpool player – the Egyptian has scored 30 goals in 47 UEFA Champions League appearances for the club. Only four of these have been penalties, with Robert Lewandowski (33) being the only player to have netted more non-penalty goals in the competition than Salah (26) during this period.

Liverpool pair Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané have both scored five goals in five appearances against FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League, while both netted in their previous meeting with the Portuguese side earlier this season. Firmino scored a brace after coming off the bench in that game – the first by a Liverpool substitute in a game in the competition since Georginio Wijnaldum v Barcelona in May 2019.

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