Monday, 17 December, 2018

Hope For Porto? Four Memorable Champions League Second Leg Comebacks

Milner took his tally of assists in this season’s Champions League to seven in the first leg against Porto Milner took his tally of assists in this season’s Champions League to seven in the first leg against Porto Luis Vieira AP
Kristopher Love | 07 March, 2018, 23:28

On Tuesday night, Karius finished the night unscathed as the Reds recorded a goalless draw with Porto in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Anfield.

With a trip to Manchester United next up in the Premier League, Jürgen Klopp will surely rotate his squad for this match.

James Milner has said he and his Liverpool teammates need to take some of the goal scoring pressure off Mohamed Salah.

Salah continues to impress after he maintained his tremendous form to become the joint-top scorer in the English Premier League with Harry Kane with 24 goals.

The clash between the two great rivals is always a big occasion but victory for either team will put them in a great position to finish above the other - about as good as it'll get domestically, considering Manchester City's domination of the league.

"This year we belong there to be honest, it should not be a big surprise and the next round will be very hard, there are seven other very good teams involved, so maybe five or four are from England, it doesn't make it easier to be honest".

In Champions League, eight of Liverpool's nine games have ended with more than 2.5 goals. I don't care. We take it how it comes.

It couldn't have been an easier passage for the five-time European champions, either, as they coasted to a 0-0 draw against Porto to clinch a 5-0 aggregate win in the last 16. He managed to lift the Reds and the Anfield faithful, and for the first time that night, I believed we were going to break the deadlock.

"[Danny] Ingsy got a few minutes, Joe Gomez played after two or three weeks, so it was very, very important".

Liverpool made 5 changes tonight - but Porto effectively raised their white flag by making 10 changes from their first leg side. "I am pretty sure it is rare to have a game like this in the knockout stages", continued the German, pleased with the performance. "Unfortunately we couldn't break them [Porto] down but I can't fault the lads - the attitude was brilliant".

"It will be a tough game and let's see what will happen, but we are full of confidence and it will be a big fight for second place".