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"I have to make a decision for tomorrow night, that's all".

"I know a bit about this country and there's a big passion for football". "Porto are going very well in their domestic league and they always prioritise the Champions League so I'm sure they are going to be ready". Although they may have topped the group by three points, the Reds only managed to pick up one European away win and also suffered two second-half collapses against Sevilla, Klopp will be desperate to improve on his sides recent defensive issues as they level of opposition begins to improve.

"On a good day we are really strong, but we need to be outstandingly strong to get a result against Porto", he added. "Probably the strongest team in Europe at the minute is Manchester City".

Klopp remains focused on the task at hand though and will not allow himself to think beyond this last-16 tie, knowing it would be unwise to underestimate Sergio Conceicao's formidable Portuguese league leaders. Put it this way, they have a better team than they had when they were last crowned as European champions back in 2005, with a miracle run that ended with a never to be forgotten final against AC Milan in Istanbul 13 years ago proving that anything is possible in this game.

"Is he underrated? I don't think so, not anymore".

The draw against Porto was a kindly one for Liverpool but even after their goalscoring exploits in the group stage no-one is tipping them to challenge the established Champions League order of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich or Juventus.

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And it's for that reason that Klopp is very unlikely to change his front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. I could ask Rafa.

"It's not enough to say I don't like it, actually I hate to talk about the round after the actual round".

While Toure is coming to the end of his career at the Etihad Stadium, and keen to round off his successful spell at the club with further silverware, Nigerian wonderkids Lukas Nmecha and Tosin Adarabioyo are taking their first steps in the game. "As often as he can be, that's good".

Klopp also gave a reminder to those who are obsessed with systems that it is players who win games.

"Now we have to show we don't only want to be part of the competition, we are quite ambitious". "I know it's a close race, no problem with that".


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