Liverpool will be looking to make it five wins from five in the Champions League when they host FC Porto at Anfield on Wednesday.
The Reds sent out another reminder of their enduring class as they ended Arsenal’s 10-game unbeaten run with a 4-0 thrashing in the Premier League this past weekend.
In the Champions League, Liverpool are undefeated and will be looking to cruise through to the Round of 16 as they come up against a Porto side that is seven log points behind them in Group B.
Although Jurgen Klopp’s team have already qualified for the knockout rounds after just four games, the manager has reiterated they remain determined as ever to keep the winning momentum going.
“The Porto game, we are already qualified, but all the rest is exactly like it was before. It is a Champions League game, the game after that is at the San Siro (against AC Milan), and I’ve never played there, so I’m really excited about that.
“We will play real football. Can you imagine we play Porto at home, the crowd is really coming from all over the world to watch the games and then you offer, I don’t know, a half-cooked dish? That is not how it will be.
“We go for it, we want to win football games,” the Liverpool manager added. “That’s all. Sometimes you can qualify for something, sometimes not, it is still the same thing—you play a game, you want to win it.”
However, there is no doubt that Liverpool have earned a bit of freedom for their manager in terms of weighing up some rest and rotation for certain players who might need it.
With that in mind, Klopp will unfortunately be unable to call on teenage winger Kaide Gordon, who is ineligible due to UEFA regulations related to squad player listing.
It’s a mere inconvenience, with Roberto Firmino sidelined with a hamstring problem, while Diogo Jota suffered a blow to the knee against Arsenal, and Divock Origi missed the game through illness.
However, Tyler Morton, Conor Bradley and Owen Beck – who were also among the substitutes on Saturday – are eligible to play in midweek.