Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Klopp coy over Mignolet's future at Liverpool

Klopp coy over Mignolet's future at Liverpool

And Jurgen Klopp's side go into this clash full of confidence. We want to go as far as we can in the Champions League.

Nathaniel Clyne is back training and has traveled with the squad, but has made no competitive appearances this season, and that is unlikely to change in such a big match.

Yesterday the Kop boss bumped into Iker Casillas in a hotel lobby.

This will be Liverpool's first foray into European competition since Philippe Coutinho's high-profile departure last month.

Spanish keeper Casillas, now aged 36, has been relegated as a substitute for Porto and is expected to once again be overlooked at the Estadio do Dragao. The potent goal scorer can be on the march to match the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and has a strong belief that he could reach their levels.

Porto have not beaten Liverpool in four previous meetings although their overall home record against English clubs is won eight, drawn six and lost three with already-qualified Leicester defeated 5-0 in last season's group stage.

Either way, watching Liverpool walk out on the pitch to play a Champions League knockout round tie will be a sight for sore eyes.

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

Porto, top of the Portugese league, did well to come through the "Group of Death", finishing ahead of last year's semi-finalists AS Monaco and much fancied RB Leipzig. It would really surprise me.

"We had times when our backs were against the wall or we had a mountain to climb and the crowd lifted us to get us over the line".

"I hate to talk about the round after the actual round". I can imagine a bit because you ask me about it.

"This is what we dreamed about last summer and now we're here". I feel good, I feel strong. "The last 16 means 16 really, really good teams face each other", he added. They are a mixture of football and fight. It is not about who we play it is about how we play and what we do.

"Because they are experienced, physical and good footballers with a good plan". It's quite a job to do.

"That's all we are focused on". He's a very important player and he doesn't always have to be the standout player. "The system will never win the game". In hard situations you have to make the right decisions, that's always like that.

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