Klopp cautious about Porto visit

05 March 2018 09:57:18 EST

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp says he is unlikely to make a raft of changes when his side host FC Porto in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.

The Reds go into the game at Anfield on Tuesday evening holding a 5-0 aggregate lead, a situation which has prompted some pundits to predict wholesale changes from Klopp, especially with a Premier League clash with Manchester United coming up next weekend.

We respect Porto too much and we respect the competition too much to think about real rotation.

Jurgen Klopp

However, the German has played down such suggestions as he expects a wounded Porto side to put up a major fight on Merseyside for their coach Sergio Conceicao.

He told his pre-match press conference: "I haven't made a decision so far on the line-up.

"We don't rotate to avoid something, we just use the players who are in the best shape. We won't rest players, but maybe we will make one, two or three changes.

"Rotating in the way you think? Probably no. We respect Porto too much and we respect the competition too much to think about real rotation.

"If I was in his (Conceicao's) position, it would want to see a real reaction from my players.

"He looked lively on the touchline the other week, he will be lively tomorrow and it will be a tough job for us. That is what I expect."

Since being humbled by the Reds in mid-February, Porto have won consecutive league games, including a 2-1 at home to Sporting Lisbon on Friday evening.

The Portuguese are 15/4 to earn a draw on Tuesday evening, with Liverpool 4/9 to win the game and 6/1 to do so by a 2-0 scoreline.

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