Alan Shearer states his prediction for Liverpool FC v FC Porto
BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer is backing Mohamed Salah to fire Liverpool FC to victory over FC Porto on Tuesday night
Alan Shearer is tipping Mohamed Salah to fire Liverpool FC to victory over FC Porto in the first leg of their Champions League clash on Tuesday night.
The Egypt international ended an eight-game goal drought with a crucial goal in Liverpool FC’s 3-1 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s on Friday night.
Salah managed to run the length of the pitch to score a superb counter-attack goal and propel Liverpool FC towards a vital victory.
The 26-year-old got on the score-sheet in Liverpool FC’s 5-0 win against FC Porto in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash last term.
Salah and Roberto Firmino both scored a goal, while Sadio Mane netted a superb hat-trick in a landslide win for the Reds at Estadio do Dragao.
The former AS Roma winger has still managed to score a respectable 21 goals in 40 games in all competitions in the current campaign.
And former Newcastle striker Shearer is backing Salah to help Liverpool FC find a way past FC Porto in consecutive seasons in the Champions League.
“They are going toe-to-toe with City for the title and the most likely of all of the English sides to reach the Champions League semi-finals. No doubt, Porto was the draw the remaining seven clubs would have wanted,” Shearer told The Sun.
“So Liverpool must make sure they don’t slip up – and I’m confident they won’t.
“Crucially, they also have Mo Salah back among the goals now following his stunning solo effort against Southampton on Friday night.
“And what a time it is for Liverpool to get him back scoring. Strikers go through droughts, that’s just what happens.
“But he will be full of confidence again now because when one goal comes, others follow.
“It is a great sign for Liverpool and Salah will be licking his lips about the arrival of Porto.”
While Liverpool are in the Champions League’s last eight for the second season in a row, FC Porto are making their first quarter-final appearance since 2014-15 and only their second since 2008-09.
The Reds are sitting at the top of the Premier League table with a two-point lead over Manchester City.