Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Liverpool will look to keep their 100% record in Group B intact when they welcome Porto to their Anfield on Wednesday evening. Jurgen Klopp’s troops rolled over Arsenal 4-0 at the weekend, and, no doubt, they are brimming with confidence ahead of the visit of Porto. Keep in mind, though, that the German tactician is going to rest key players this time out. All Firmino, Gomez, Jones, Keita, Milner, and Robertson are sidelined with injuries, while Minamino, Konate, Henderson, and Morton are pushing for a start.
The Dragons, on the other hand, aim to retain their spot in top two, and, no doubt, they would be happy with one point from the match. Porto are not regarded as good travelers, but seeing that the Reds will be without several first-team regulars in Wednesday’s clash, the share of spoils is on the cards. Chancel Mbemba returns from suspension, while fellow defender Pepe remains in the recovery room.
Highlighted Player (Mohamed Salah):
Mohamed Salah is considered one of the best African players. Salah began his senior career at El Mokawloon, scoring 11 goals in 41 league appearances for the club and in 2012 he moved to Europe, signing a four-year deal with Swiss side Basel.
The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as a striker as well was producing outstanding displays for the RotBlau from 2012 to 2014 and, as a result, Chelsea chiefs decided to sign him on 26 January, 2015 for a fee of £11 million. Mohamed Salah, though, failed to impress in the Premier league and one year later he was sent on loan to Fiorentina.
After making 16 league appearances for the Viola in the Serie A, the left-footed winger signed a loan deal with Roma on 6 August, 2015. The Romans made the contract permanent on 3 August, 2016. Speaking of his international career, Salah made his Egypt debut on 3 September, 2011 in a 2-1 loss to Sierra Leone. It has to be noted that he was named Roma’s player of the season (2015/2016).
Highlighted Team (Porto):
Futebol Clube do Porto are one of Portugal’s biggest football clubs playing their matches in front of 50,000 people at their Estadio do Dragao. Porto form biggest rivalries with two other Big Three clubs in Portugal and regular league title contenders – Benfica and Sporting CP. Rivalries between the clubs stem from the historical, political, economical and cultural discrepancies between the cities of Porto and Lisbon. The Dragons, as they are commonly known in Portugal, are the second most successful Portuguese team with a total of 74 trophies to their name.
Porto hold a record of five consecutive league titles which are part of the total tally of 27 Primeira Liga trophies. FC Porto’s success extends to the international scene as well with seven European titles. Two-time European champions from 1987 and 2004, Porto also won two UEFA Cup/Europa League titles, the UEFA Super Cup and the International Cup on two occasions. Together with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, Porto have the most appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage – the total of 20.