Michael Owen states his prediction for Liverpool FC v FC Porto
BT Sport pundit Michael Owen is backing Liverpool FC to beat FC Porto at Anfield on Tuesday night
Michael Owen is backing Liverpool FC to ease to a comfortable win against FC Porto in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night.
The Reds will welcome Portuguese side FC Porto to Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s side look to extend their winning run to six games in all competitions.
Liverpool FC booked their place in the Champions League last four thanks to a 3-1 win at Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in the round of 16.
Klopp’s side met FC Porto in the first knockout round last term and Liverpool FC were 5-0 aggregate winners against the 2004 champions.
However, FC Porto did manage to hold Liverpool FC to a goalless stalemate in the second leg at Anfield, although the tie was effectively over.
Former Liverpool FC striker Owen is backing the Reds to ease to a comfortable win against FC Porto in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at Anfield on Tuesday night.
“Liverpool beat Porto in the round of the Last 16 last season winning the first leg in Portugal 5-0 before the sides played out a 0-0 draw at Anfield,” Owen told BetVictor.
“The Reds must do without the suspended Andy Robertson for the first leg, but Porto have failed to win any of their last 12 away knockout ties and I expect Jurgen Klopp’s side to take a sizeable lead into next week’s second leg.
“The sides have met six times in European competition previously with Liverpool unbeaten (D3 W3) in those games although the Reds will have to watch out for striker Moussa Marega, who is bidding to become just the fourth player in the history of the competition to score in seven successive Champions League games.
“The others are Edinson Cavani, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo.”
Liverpool FC went on to lose 3-1 to La Liga giants Real Madrid in the Champions League final last season.
The Reds managed to beat FC Porto, Manchester City and AS Roma to reach the Kiev showpiece.
Liverpool FC haven’t won the Champions League crown since 2005.