Liverpool star Roberto Firmino warns Porto they will suffer as Reds train for Champions League battle
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Liverpool star Roberto Firmino warns Porto they will suffer as Reds train for Champions League battle

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ROBERTO FIRMINO has promised to make Porto suffer tonight.

The Liverpool forward is having a superb season, having already scored 20 times with six coming in the Champions League.

 Roberto Firmino says Liverpool will make Porto suffer

And Jurgen Klopp’s side go into this clash full of confidence.

Firmino said: “I don’t know if Porto will be afraid of playing us but it will be difficult for them. We want to make them suffer.”

Klopp brought a 25-man squad to Portugal as they will fly to Marbella tomorrow for a four-day training camp.

Defender Nathaniel Clyne, yet to play this season, has travelled along with Emre Can, who is suspended for tonight.


 The Reds are in Portugal for their Champions League clash

Yesterday the Kop boss bumped into Iker Casillas in a hotel lobby.

As Liverpool prepare for their first last 16 Champions League clash for nine years, those who believe in good omens will have been given a lift.

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Spanish keeper Casillas, now aged 36, has been relegated as a substitute for Porto and is expected to once again be overlooked at the Estadio do Dragao.

It will be Liverpool’s first away game in this round since Rafa Benitez’s side stunned the Bernabeau to deliver a 1-0 win over Real Madrid in February 2009, before battering their opponents 4-0 for a stunning victory at Anfield

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The man in Real’s goal for both matches was Casillas.

For a team which has scored 94 times this season, there is every chance that Porto’s defence and their current number one Jose Sa face an uncomfortable couple of matches.

The only question is whether Liverpool, who ended up losing to Chelsea in the last eight in 2009, can count on their erratic defence and keepers.

While he became annoyed when asked about whether Liverpool can emulate the 2005 side and win the Champions League, Klopp will privately be confident of overcoming this hurdle at the very least.

They have been helped by the fact that Porto’s star striker Vincent Aboubakar is set to miss the match with a muscle injury.

Klopp said: “I don’t think the 2005 side knew they would win the Champions League before the last 16 match. It would really surprise me. It makes no sense.

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“If we were in the final we would try and win it for but it is such a long way away and only good football teams can get there. I hate talking about matches in the next round. I am sat here in public but normally, if someone asks me about the next round, I leave the room.

“Last summer we dreamt of it and now we are here. It feels good, everything is prepared. The last 16 means 16 really, really good football team face each other.

“Nobody wants to play against Porto. They are a really good football team.”

Klopp also gave a reminder to those who are obsessed with systems that it is players who win games.

He added: “On a good day we are really strong, but we need to be outstandingly strong to get a result against Porto.

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“They are very experienced, very physical, hard, good footballers, good plan. It’s quite a job to do. That’s all we are focused on but we are looking forward to it.

“If you watch us we don’t always play the same system so maybe we can surprise each other. The system will never win a game of football.

"It’s about the players and their decision making and doing the right thing in the right moment. Throwing your heart on the pitch giving everything you have. That’s football.”

Porto coach Sergio Conceicao said: “It is going to be a great game.

“We are looking at Liverpool’s strong and weak points. We are dreaming of scoring goals and not concede against them. We have to be realistic. It will be very difficult.”