Liverpool take in surroundings at Estadio do Dragao as they look to seal Champions League semi-final spot with victory over Porto
- Liverpool adapted to their unusual surroundings at the Estadio do Dragao
- Jurgen Klopp’s squad inspected the Porto pitch ahead of Wednesday’s game
- Liverpool are looking to seal their place in the Champions League semi-finals
- The Reds hold a 2-0 advantage heading into the second-leg against Porto
Liverpool inspected the Estadio do Dragao pitch ahead of their Champions League quarter-final second-leg against Porto on Wednesday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s side hold a 2-0 advantage heading into the European clash against the Portuguese outfit, thanks to goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino.
And on the eve of the second-leg in Portugal, the Reds took in their unfamiliar surroundings as they walked around the Porto turf in their club tracksuits.
Mohamed Salah and his Liverpool team-mates inspected the Porto pitch on Tuesday
Roberto Firmino and Co appeared in high spirits as they took in their unfamiliar surroundings
Liverpool star Salah enjoys a laugh with Jordan Henderson at Estadio do Dragao
Full backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold share a joke on the Porto turf
The likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino appeared in very high spirits as they adapted to their new environment on Tuesday.
And they head into the Champions League contest in confident mood as they look to dump Porto out of the competition for the second year running and book their place in the semi-finals, where they would face Barcelona.
The last time they let a two-goal lead slip to lose a match was at Bournemouth in December 2016. That, however, has not stopped Jurgen Klopp reinforcing the message that nothing has been decided.
‘I always tell the boys the truth when I analyse,’ said Klopp in his pre-match press conference. ‘I don’t make things bigger or smaller than they are.
Sadio Mane, who heads into Wednesday’s Porto game in fine form, plays on his phone
Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and Joe Gomez chat on the eve of the Champions League contest
Georginio Wijnaldum smiles for the camera as he listens to some music in the dugout
‘When we play Manchester City, I don’t say they have no clue about football or say it’s the best team in the world. We analyse for us.
‘There’s no risk that I need to convince the boys that Porto are really good. They know it already. We played Roma and they can be an uncomfortable opponent but I didn’t really see a chance for them when they played Porto (in the last 16). Porto were in control. So we should be prepared.’
Meanwhile, Barcelona booked their place in the last-four with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Manchester United on Tuesday, winning 4-0 on aggregate.
Lionel Messi conjured up his usual magic with a brace in the opening period at the Nou Camp before former Liverpool man Philippe Coutinho wrapped up the victory with a stunning curling effort in the second half.
Xherdan Shaqiri appears in a focused mood as he looks around the stadium on Tuesday
Van Dijk and his Liverpool team-mates walk down the tunnel after inspecting the pitch
Divock Origi walks off the Porto turf after taking in the unfamiliar surroundings on Tuesday