Liverpool Holds Porto to Draw, Sees Out Series to Reach UCL Quarterfinals


Manager Jurgen Klopp made five changes from the side that beat Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday as he rested some of his big guns, such as Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk, ahead of Saturday's showdown against Manchester United. The 5-time winners had last advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2008/09 season after defeating Los Blancos 5-0 over aggregate, but were then knocked out after domestic rivals Chelsea defeated them 7-5 over the two legs.

And Lovren believes that Liverpool's blistering form, with more goals in this season's competition than any other team, has instilled a belief in going all the way. It was clear if it's possible that we give him (leading scorer and Golden Boot award candidate Mo Salah) the last 20. I know about it.

'[There is] Good development in Liverpool in the moment, it's a nice moment, but if you don't show up in a competition like the Champions League then nobody really will realise it'.

"They've had a lot of criticism over mistakes earlier in the season but clean sheets tonight and at the weekend... it's all looking positive for them".

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"It's always one of the biggest games in the Premier League. Unfortunately we couldn't break them [Porto] down but I can't fault the lads - the attitude was brilliant".

"Unfortunately the competition for us is over and we will now have to enjoy it watching it on TV from home", Casillas said. "We still need him, we will use him still".

The veteran custodian aka San Iker is in the final few months of his three-year contract with the Dragoes and he's yet to decide whether he will continue in Portugal or chose a new club. PSG's wait to win Europe's most-prized trophy goes on, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars spent since Qatar Sports Investments bought the French club in 2011. "We also have the Portuguese Cup to look forward to".