Klopp answers question that normally makes him storm out


Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino is rearing to prove his mettle in the Champions League and ensure his side doesn't miss Philippe Coutinho when they come face to face with Porto in the Champions League last-16 opener. "But these are two traditional clubs, and my players give me the confidence to think that we can advance". I'm going to do what I can to help (Salah) score goals and to help all the team.

As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Porto defender Ivan Marcano will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the first-leg game.

This is the first time Liverpool have reached the Champions League's round of 16 since the 2008-09 season, having finished fourth in the Premier League last term.

"I am feeling good and getting consistent game time helps a lot", the 24-year-old is quoted as saying by The Telegraph.

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

Ghana's Waris Majeed, signed in the January window on loan from FC Lorient, has been included in Porto's Champions League squad, and could be a fascinating trump card for coach Sergio Conceicao. Porto have been one of the strongest sides at home in all of Europe this season, with only Besiktas managing to get the better of them at Dragao.

However, they then won't play again until welcoming West Ham to Anfield for their Premier League clash on February 24th so Jurgen Klopp has made a decision to take his full 25-man squad with him to Portugal.

"We've played them twice and that's the highest level".

"We are here in Porto, that's the only thing". PSG is a little bit different but I don't look at them, I know it already that, if we meet them, we could beat them.

But insisting his players are determined to bring a positive result back to Anfield, Klopp later told reporters: "We know Anfield is a place where the crowd can make the difference and that's what we will want to use in the second game but for that we need a result in the first game".

"But now we have to show that we are not only part of the competition, we are quite ambitious".

Joking to underline his point, Klopp added: "Only because I am a friendly person I answer the question, because we are in public".

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.