UCL: Why Liverpool should be cautious of Porto in the clash - FCNaija

Features By: Uche Duru | 14/02/2018

Liverpool were sheer excited after being tied with FC Porto in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 draws but they shouldn't be joyous yet considering the recent form of the team they will be meeting tonight.

Though Liverpool are the favourites of both teams, it will be thoughtful to take a look at FC Porto's unbeaten record this season which is absolutely amazing. Porto are unbeaten in their last 23 matches in all competitions and only lost once at home - 3-1 against Besiktas in the group stage of the Champions League.

Liverpool are known for their mentality to win big when faced with big teams. There’s always been a tendency to relax against clubs in the bottom half of the table, even before Klopp came. Whereas against the top teams, Liverpool has no issue whatsoever as they will always be ready for them.

FC Porto who are considered the underdogs have never beaten the five-time European Champions, Liverpool in their four meetings. The Portuguese club have drawn two and lost two. And with Liverpool defensive woes, the Reds could suffer defeat when they meet a determined side that have enjoyed a plethora of victorious ties this season.

If Liverpool should play them with their usual letting down mentality as underdogs, then they will be open for a comfortable loss in tonights Champions League tie.

A brief look at history will be a pointer to the fact that Liverpool could lose to Porto as they lost to Benfica in 2006 after their reign as the defending Champions were put to an end by the Portuguese club who treated them to a 0-2 scoreline and 0-3 on aggregate at Anfield.

In a manner of speaking, the Reds are hoping to reach their first Champions League quarter-final since 2008-09, and are determined to chart that course but it's going to be quite a big fight as FC Porto are sheer eager to make history tonight by beating the Premier League club for the first time after five meetings and extending to the quarterfinals.

While, the trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Man, and Roberto Firmino are expected to put brilliant legs together in order to push Liverpool a step further into the quarterfinals with good performance, Porto's striker, Vincent Abubakar who is the leading scorer for the team in Champions is also expected to bring his A-game to the pitch alongside Malian star, Moussa Marega and Algerian forward, Yacine Brahimi.

The showdown takes place tonight at the Estadio do Dragao Stadium, 8:45 Nigerian time.