FC Porto boss Sergio Conceicao hasn’t so much as thrown the towel in before tonight’s clash at Anfield, but he’s admitted his side are playing for pride only.
Liverpool battered the Portuguese giants 5-0 in the first-leg following a monumental performance, which has all but confirmed our progression into the quarterfinals already.
Conceicao has promised to play for the club’s history, but naturally, is already turning the attention of his club’s fans back to the domestic competition.
“Everyone knows that our main goal is the championship,” he told teamTALK.
“We have to defend the history of a major club, the best club in Portugal. The biggest motivation to play tomorrow is to represent Porto.
“At Porto there’s always pressure. Pressure is synonymous with ambition and a will to win.
“Even though we lost the first match, I don’t believe we’re playing without pressure at Anfield. We’re looking to defend the history of the club.
“The five-goal margin is not a true reflection of the difference in quality between the two teams. We want to get a much better result on Tuesday.”
Losing by worse than 5-0 tonight will quite literally be the worst result in Liverpool’s history, but it’s not something we’re especially worried about!
Jurgen Klopp will rotate heavily, but the players that come in should have enough to win the game outright.
We expect to see Adam Lallana, Alberto Moreno, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and James Milner from the outset – with the front-three potentially rested ahead of Saturday’s key game with Manchester United.