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Football | Champions League

Klopp keeps Karius in goal



Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp stuck with Loris Karius in goal for Wednesday's Champions League last 16, first-leg tie at FC Porto, while striker Vincent Aboubakar failed to recover from injury for the hosts.

Klopp selected Dejan Lovren ahead of Joel Matip to partner club-record signing Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Liverpool defence, with Andrew Robertson keeping his place at left-back.

Captain Jordan Henderson will start in midfield with James Milner for the five-time European champions, as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had to settle for a place on the bench.

Forwards Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will be looking to continue their excellent form, after Liverpool scored 23 goals in the group stage.

Porto will have to make do without Cameroonian international Aboubakar, who has scored 24 times in all competitions this season but has been struggling with injury.

Coach Sergio Conceicao has given Tiquinho Soares the chance to lead the line, after the Brazilian scored twice in Sunday's 4-0 Portuguese league win at Chaves.

TEAMS

FC Porto

Jose Sa; Ricardo Pereira, Diego Reyes, Ivan Marcano, Alex Telles; Otavinho, Hector Herrera, Sergio Oliveira, Yacine Brahimi; Moussa Marega, Tiquinho Soares

Substitutes: Iker Casillas, Maxi Pereira, Yordan Osorio, Oliver Torres, Goncalo Paciencia, Jesus Corona, Majeed Waris

Coach: Sergio Conceicao (POR)

Liverpool

Loris Karius; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane

Substitutes:Simon Mignolet, Joe Gomez, Alberto Moreno, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Ings, Joel Matip

Coach: Jurgen Klopp (GER)

Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)



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