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Jurgen Klopp and Roberto Firmino Firmino getting more credit without Coutinho, says Klopp
Montrelle Montesinos | 15 Febrero, 2018, 17:33

Coach Sergio Conceicao said: "We will face a very strong team, with a budget of over 200 million euros, but two historical clubs face each other and the players give me the confidence to think that we can pass this tie".

"When I came in I said immediately that I was happy Roberto was here", the German said ahead of his side's last-16 tie against Porto. But it's not just them, also Andrés Iniesta and the rest.

"Liverpool are, alongside Man City, the best counter-attacking team in the Premier League and I think Porto will be fairly timid going into this tie, knowing the threat Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino poses on the break".

Eriksen, however, has the capability of dictating the play further back down the field and Ernesto Valverde's team appear to be chasing the Tottenham midfielder once more to eventually replace Iniesta as their conductor in chief. Their combined tally of 49 is second only to the 55 of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in 2013/14 and with a third of the season to go, they look sure to set a new mark.

'For a club which has lifted the trophy on five occasions, a last 16 tie with Porto shouldn't be much to write home about, it said yesterday.

Similarly, there were reports that the player was unsettled by the speculation, and that just ties in to that emotional buy-in, that state of hypnotic seduction that is necessary to play for Klopp.

Porto have not beaten Liverpool in four previous meetings although their overall home record against English clubs is won eight, drawn six and lost three with already-qualified Leicester defeated 5-0 in last season's group stage.

'However, there is no escaping the significance of Liverpool's presence in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

He rattled the cage by continuing to push for a move to Barcelona in January, leaving Jurgen Klopp with little choice but to relent. Even aside that, and beyond the fact that Liverpool so obviously need the 23-year-old, it is undeniable that Keita seems such a perfect player for Liverpool as well. Their style of high-press and pace in attack has yielded 61 goals in 27 league games, 34 of them on their travels.

"And everything is as they say. Not conceding goals, we are always closer to winning the game, no doubt".

Keita's dynamism, proficiency both in defensive and offensive actions, and flair on the ball means he is tailor-made for Liverpool's style.

With his publicly stated desire to emulate legend Yaya Toure, coming to the Premier League is only the first step.

"I'll ask Rafa but that would surprise me because it makes no sense".