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Loris Karius 'feeling comfortable' with Virgil van Dijk in Liverpool defence

Loris Karius 'feeling comfortable' with Virgil van Dijk in Liverpool defence

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius believes his consistent presence in the starting line-up during recent Premier League games has spurred his resurgence.

LIVERPOOL are bookies' favourites to manage an away win.

That leaves the home side's coach Sergio Conceicao with a few decisions to make as he attempts to tame Liverpool's rampant frontline which is, if anything, even more potent on the road.

The Reds have a good record against Porto, with two wins and two draws from the four games played between the two sides.

Tomorrow night's game will be Liverpool's first knock-out game in the competition for nine long years and that statistic alone in a reminder that this is new territory for these players. Portugal's lone representative left in this season's Champions League, FC Porto, host Liverpool in a mouth-watering encounter on Wednesday.

"But of course they have weaknesses, like all teams, and we will try to exploit them". The focus will be firmly on Porto now, with the club and fans alike wanting to bring the glory days back to Anfield.

"The game will not be decided in one leg, it's over two legs", Wijnaldum said.

Vincent Aboubakar has been the main man in the Champions League, but he is also doubtful for Wednesday's match.

No-one knows about the future.

"I know it already, we can compete with them, I don't have to look at them, "Klopp added". It's not about me to think about these things.

"I'll ask Rafa (Benitez) but that would surprise me because it makes no sense".

The conundrum for all managers of leading Portuguese clubs is adopting a formula of play which can control domestic matches against inferior opposition yet be able to adapt to the rigours of European football. They've reached the next stage of this tournament so we have to be aware of how good they can be. The front three of Salah, Firmino, and Mane is expected to continue. But because Liverpool's best is very good and, when they display it, the finest teams can struggle to contain them.

The Reds have been inconsistent at best in defence this season, but they have managed two clean sheets in their last three outings and appear to be turning the corner.

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