Pat Nevin predicts Jurgen Klopp’s approach to Liverpool FC v Porto clash
The Chelsea FC legend tips Jurgen Klopp to send out his Liverpool FC side with a mandate to secure a first-leg win at Porto in the Champions League
Pat Nevin believes Jurgen Klopp will adopt an attacking approach to Liverpool FC’s Champions League clash at Porto on Wednesday night.
The Merseyside outfit will make the trip to Portugal in the first leg of their last-16 tie fresh from a 2-0 win at Southampton last time out.
Liverpool FC scored 23 times in the previous stage of the Champions League to finish ahead of Sevilla, Spartak Moscow and Maribor in a relatively straightforward group.
The Reds have a good record against their Portuguese opponents following two victories and two draws in their four meetings in Uefa competitions.
Indeed, Liverpool FC were 4-1 winners against Porto at Anfield in their last Champions League meeting in 2007 en route to the final in Athens.
Klopp’s side have scored 61 goals in 27 games in the Premier League this season – only leaders Manchester City have netted more times than Liverpool FC.
Former Chelsea FC winger Nevin expects Klopp to send out his Liverpool FC side with a plan to secure a first-leg win ahead of the return game at Anfield.
“He is an attack minded coach,” Nevin told Newstalk’s Off The Ball podcast. “He will continue to do that.
“I think Klopp will go out and try and win this game as he always does. I love that he goes and does that. It will be exciting.”
Liverpool FC were 7-0 winners against Maribor and Spartak Moscow in the group stage.
The Reds are in third place in the Premier League table and two points behind second-placed Manchester United.