Jurgen Klopp to make keeper Loris Karius Liverpool No 1

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We're approaching six years since Africa produced a Champions League victor, but with a swathe of continental stars still in the running in this year's tournament, will that run end this year? Come Valentine's Day, nearly the entire footballing fraternity will have their eyes glued on the showpiece tie of the round (potentially even the tournament) in Madrid between Real Madrid and PSG.

Karius, 24, arguably delivered his best display for Liverpool in the 2-0 win at Southampton on Sunday, making two excellent saves in the first half and generally looking assured.

Porto did, of course, beat Sporting in the first leg of their Taça de Portugal semifinal clash.

"I respect Porto a lot".

Carvalhal's analogy was that he slowed down Liverpool's Formula One auto in traffic in their 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium last month.

That, combined with an impressive home record which has seen them not lose in normal time for 30 domestic matches and just once in 19 at the Estadio de Dragao in all competitions, could present a problem for Jurgen Klopp's side. The last time they faced each other was in the group stage of the Champions League in 2007-08.

Come the full-time whistle, I predict that Liverpool will have won 2-1.

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"If they can go back to Anfield in the tie and with an away goal then they will be very happy".

Defender Ivan Marcano remains unavailable, while the absences of Andre Andre and Danilo Pereira weaken Porto midfield depth.

Emre Can will be a huge miss for Liverpool after he picked up his third booking of the season in the win against Spartak Moscow. Nathaniel Clyne is a longer-term patient while Joe Gomes is another doubt.

When it was Klopp's turn to talk, Liverpool's against-the-odds Champions League triumph in 2005 was raised but the former Borussia Dortmund boss was in no mood to entertain any parallels being drawn.

Porto are enjoying a decent run in the Primeira Liga and have asserted a two points lead on top of the table but are being closely followed by second-placed Benfica. He has scored 20 and set up five this season.

Having fallen way off the pace domestically, you can expect Real Madrid to place their focus on the Champions League over the coming months, where a 13th European Cup could be the saving grace for an otherwise miserable campaign.

The Reds, in particular, boast the reigning CAF and BBC African Footballer of the Year in Mohamed Salah, whose stock continues to climb after a strong start to life at Liverpool. We go there with belief.

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