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'Nobody knows about the future' - Klopp responds to Mignolet rumours

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Eugene Bates | 15 February, 2018, 02:54

As Liverpool prepare for their first last 16 Champions League clash for nine years, those who believe in good omens will have been given a lift.

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An away goal or two in Portugal could be so valuable to the overall outcome of the game and while this may sound a little negative, a 2-1 defeat in this first match would not be the end of the world for Liverpool.

Salah and Firmino in particular were excellent so Klopp will surely stick with his best attack for this vital Champions League game meaning the likes of Dominic Solanke, Adam Lallana and Danny Ings will once again have to make do with places on the bench.

Porto coach Sergio Conceicao congratulated compatriot Carlos Carvalhal on masterminding Swansea's recent victory over Liverpool but admits facing the Reds in the Champions League is a different prospect.

He may have scored just twice since New Year, but after netting three in four group games, Mane could yet be one to watch during the knockout stages.

"Having the second game at home can be a real advantage for us", he said.

"I think both teams will fancy their chances of going through", he added.

Perhaps most significantly, he also admitted that it was "unlikely" that Vincent Aboubakar will be available to face Jurgen Klopp's side. But Karius has started six of Liverpool's last seven games, with Mignolet left to handle last month's FA Cup loss to West Brom, leading to suggestions they had swapped roles. However, Firmino is confident of dismantling their opponents and is planning to make them suffer. We can make one big mistake in life - of course, we as a team would never do that - but I know when the draw came out it was like: 'Thank God, Porto.' Now it's Porto and it's quite a hurdle, a nice hill we have to go over.

Firmino, 26, has enjoyed a fine campaign, scoring 20 goals in all competitions this season.

The Dragoes are yet to lose a single game in the Portuguese top-flight this season, and now hold a hugely impressive +43 goal difference. The potent goal scorer can be on the march to match the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and has a strong belief that he could reach their levels.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned his side not to underestimate Porto when the two sides meet in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie tonight.

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