Following the Champions League Round of 16 draw back in December, Liverpool fans were excited. Understandably excited.
Not only were The Reds back in the knockout stages of Europe’s premier club competition, but they had also managed to avoid the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Juventus.
But although a favourable draw at first glance, Liverpool’s opponents FC Porto are hardly footballing minnows. Having not won their league for the last four seasons, The Dragons now top Portugal’s Primeira Liga. And with four wins in their last five games, Sérgio Conceição’s team will be backing themselves to get a result this Valentines Day when Klopp’s men visit the Estádio Do Dragão.
Like their English opponents, Porto’s strength comes from their ability to score goals.
With Liverpool’s defence regularly cracking under pressure this season, the Reds will need to keep mistakes to a minimum as the go up against one of Europe’s most in form attacking trios.
We scrutinise the men most likely to threaten the Reds progress in this season’s Champions League.
A physical front man, but quick off the mark and capable with the ball at his feet, the Cameroonian is having the season of his life.
Having been on loan at Besiktas last season, Aboubakar has returned to Portugal and exploded into form, playing 33 games and being directly involved in 32 goals – scoring 26 and assisting six.
With five of his goals coming in the group stages of the tournament, the front man is finally delivering on the promise he showed as a youngster in France.
With a similar build to Aboubakar but blessed with an obscene amount of pace, Marega will be another awkward and complicated handful for Van Dijk and co to handle.
Also enjoying the most prolific spell of his career, Marega joined the Dragons in January of 2016 where he remained mainly as a squad player before nailing down a starting spot this season.
Linking up well with Aboubakar, the French born, Mali international has contributed to 22 goals this season, scoring 16 and assisting two. Yet to register in the Champions League, the pacey striker is a serious threat on the counter-attack and is capable of hurting any defence on his day.
With an abundance of stamina to compliment his quickness, Marega is a willing runner and will press Liverpool’s defenders into mistakes should they not be on their game.
Having been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent times, the name Brahimi will not be unknown to Liverpool fans.
A completely different player to his striker team-mates, Brahimi is also on track to register the best figures of his career so far. Having scored eight and assisted nine, Brahimi is the crown jewel of the Estádio Do Dragão.