Liverpool stars Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane

Porto vs Liverpool: Reds set to wrap up semi-final spot

Kick-off: 2000, 17/04/2019

Stadium: Estadio do Dragao

TV: BT Sport

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Liverpool are fancied to secure a place in the Champions League semi-finals after taking control of their last-eight tie with Porto.

Goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino handed the Reds a 2-0 win at Anfield, with the only disappointment being they did not finish the job.

Jurgen Klopp’s men won 5-0 at this venue in last season’s knockout stages, though, and 21/20 they prevail once more is our opening Porto vs Liverpool prediction.

A Look At Porto’s Betting Odds

Porto have not reached the semi-finals of the Champions League since winning the competition in 2003/04 under Jose Mourinho.

Their loss in Liverpool was not really a surprise, given they have never won a European tie in England, with that run now stretching to 19 games.

But it was only their second defeat in 10 Champions League ties since their 5-0 thrashing by Liverpool at home last season.

Porto head coach Sergio Conceicao believes the Merseysiders are contenders to go all the way in Europe’s elite club competition.

However, he is not writing off Porto’s hopes just yet and has called on the club’s supporters to create an intimidating atmosphere at the Estadio do Dragao in the return leg.

He said: “The team we played against is a very strong candidate to win this Champions League. But the 90 minutes are over and we’ve got another 90 minutes at the Dragao.

“I ask all the fans to come to the game and create an atmosphere, because we want everything on the field to even up the difference between the teams and hopefully we can get into the semi-finals.”

Porto warmed up for the return fixture with an impressive 3-0 success at Portimonense, which kept them only below Benfica on goal difference in Portugal’s top flight.

Looking at the Porto vs Liverpool odds, the Dragons have scored in every home game this season and that run can continue, so an away win and both teams to score is good value at 14/5.

A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds

Five-time winners Liverpool moved a step closer towards a second successive final appearance after a dominant first-leg display on Merseyside.

Keita’s first Anfield goal and Firmino’s 14th tally in the competition for the club, drawing level with Mohamed Salah and Ian Rush, put the Reds in pole position.

It was not all routine, however, as there were a couple of rare handling errors by goalkeeper Alisson Becker, one which led to a VAR call after the ball hit Trent Alexander-Arnold’s arm on its way out of play, and another video review when the ball hit the arm of Dejan Lovren.

On both occasions, the answer was in the negative but it emboldened the visitors enough to give them hope there is still something left in this tie, especially as Moussa Marega could have had two goals which would have put an entirely different complexion on things.

Klopp said: “We deserved the win 100 per cent, we scored two wonderful goals, we were in a lot of really dangerous situations. Overall, it was a really good performance.

“Two-nil is a really, really good result, I would probably have taken that before the game and I’ll take it now.

“Two-nil, the game is still on, we have to go there and fight. Porto will try everything to strike back and that will be a really tough game again.”

The Reds backed up that triumph with another 2-0 win over Chelsea to remain on top of the Premier League table.

Liverpool are unbeaten in seven meetings with Porto, keeping a clean sheet in five of them, but Klopp is ready for a tough test on this occasion.

He declared: “We know that they get at least two players back, Pepe and (Hector) Herrera, so they will be an interesting and difficult challenge.”

The Portuguese side will need to come out all guns blazing, so we will round off our Porto vs Liverpool betting tips by backing a 2-1 away win at 8/1.

Liverpool will be without Dejan Lovren, who has stayed behind on Merseyside due to illness, but fellow defender Joe Gomez did travel and could be an option off the bench after making his comeback from a leg fracture.

Adam Lallana has returned to the squad and Jordan Henderson has shaken off an ankle problem, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains absent.

Additional stats

First-leg result:

LIVERPOOL 2-0 PORTO – Naby Keita, Roberto Firmino

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