Michael Owen states his prediction for FC Porto v Liverpool FC

Jurgen Klopp laughs off ‘best team in the world’ tag from Porto counterpart

"There's no risk that I need to convince the boys that Porto are really good".

Liverpool travel to Porto for the second time in two seasons, having blown the Portuguese champions away in the round of 16 a year ago, but both Klopp and Milner placed little significance on that 5-0 victory.

"But my players are not silly, they do not underestimate things like this".

The feel-good factor is as strong as ever around Liverpool as they continue their pursuit of a league and Champions League double.

'When we play Manchester City, I don't say they have no clue about football or say it's the best team in the world.

"We go there to win, that's the plan".

They are the only remaining side in the Champions League to have won 100% of their home games in the competition this season (4/4).

'I always tell the boys the truth when I analyse, ' said Klopp in his pre-match press conference.

"If we were 2-0 down and going into the home leg, would we think we were out?"

"The first goal was really good play but Sadio (Mane) had harder shots that weren't in. They know how to influence a game and influence an opponent and we have to be ready".

Centre-back Lovren started in the 2-0 victory in the first leg but misses the trip to Portugal with illness, although Joe Gomez is available after recovering from a leg fracture sustained in December. "If he can start and play 90 minutes in the Champions League I don't know, but can he come on when he is needed? Yes".

The Merseyside outfit are fresh out of a win vs Chelsea in the league meaning a lot of the players who will start the Champions League clash would be playing their second game in just three days and Porto are hoping that fatigue will play a spoiler for Liverpool during the match. Its important for us to work with him for more years. "You have to remember what a season he played until he got injured".

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