- Liverpool will travel to Porto this week for the latest round of the Champions League
- Jurgen Klopp has had a lot of success there with the Reds in recent years
- They won both 5–0 in February 2018 and 4–1 in April 2019 at the Estadio do Dragao
jurgen kloppe Warns his players to forget past victories and prepare themselves for a search test when they return to one of their lucky stadiums.
Porto has been a happy hunting ground for Klopp, who won 5-0 and 4-1 at the Estadio do Dragao in February 2018 and April 2019 respectively. Both of those victories propelled Liverpool to an appearance in the Champions League final.
Liverpool have played Porto a total of eight times in Europe – the first, in 2001, was a move to the UEFA Cup final – and they have yet to be beaten by the Portuguese giants, but Klopp is not being misunderstood that his The team will again dominate.
Jurgen Klopp (left) has turned down any suggestions Liverpool for Porto. against it would be easy
Fabinho and his team-mates have been warned against complacency at Portugal trip
He may have made a promising start to the campaign, but the three goals Liverpool conceded at Brentford on Saturday were enough to provide a reminder that they are far from perfect and Klopp has been showing off maximum intensity in Portugal. are demanding.
Klopp said, ‘It’s no use that we won the last two matches there – not at all.
‘You just have to put yourself in the opponent’s position and the first thing you want to do is make sure it doesn’t happen again.
Liverpool won 5-0 at Porto in February 2018 before winning 4-1 in April 2019
Porto (4-4-2): Diogo Costa; Corona, Pepe, Marcano, Zaidu; Ottavio, Grujic, Uribe, Luis Diaz; Tony Martinez, Teremik
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alison; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Konate, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Milner; Salah, Jota, Mane
‘It certainly doesn’t make our job any easier, but that’s not about him. We don’t think about the last two matches played there. We think about this. They have different options and we have to be ready for that but we don’t have much time.
Klopp usually conducts a rigorous day-of-game training session for his players, during which he goes through team sizes and works on set pieces, but he is not sure this will be possible on occasion. On Monday at their Kirkby base was trying to clear the obvious faults at Brentford.
Liverpool’s captain, Jordan Henderson, insisted that the entire team was to blame for the three goals scored in London, not just the last four, and Klopp said improvements could be made to strengthen his team.
“It’s not something to worry about (conceding three goals) because I don’t think you should make these things bigger than him,” said Klopp, who also revealed that he fired Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson and Alison Baker. is added. to Liverpool’s leadership group. The trio will support Henderson, vice-captain James Milner and Virgil van Dijk.
‘But we have to show a response. that’s for sure. It’s really hard to win a soccer game when you’re not defending at your highest level.
‘That’s not what we did. The general opinion is that it is only about the last line but we had problems with our defense in general. So Brentford gave us problems and it was no good.
The style of vocal Porto boss Sergio Conceicao has been described by Kloppo as ‘direct’.
‘Porto is clearly a different team and will play a different style but they will also go straight.’
They will go straight and they will go with determination, as also made clear by former Porto player Diogo Jota.
It has been almost a year since he scored his first Liverpool goal and has become a key player for Klopp since his £43million switch from Wolves.
Jota, like his manager, was diplomatic about Sergio Concecio’s squad, but the reality is that if Liverpool click – for all warnings – they will have to wrap up their unbeaten start in the Champions League before a double-header against Atletico Madrid. should be maintained.
Jota said, ‘I follow Porto too and I know those two results were not good.
‘He didn’t show a real difference in the teams. It is usually not easy for away teams to play in Dragao. I know if we allow ourselves to go there and think about those consequences, we will have to fight.
Former Porto player Diogo Jota warns Liverpool will struggle if they ease the journey