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Porto v Liverpool: Predicted XI

Liverpool face Porto at the Estádio do Dragão tonight and here's what we think the starting 11 will be!

Liverpool face Porto for the 5th time in three years tonight and not much has changed within the squad since our most recent meeting.

However, Porto have some new additions that the Reds may have to adapt to and that could mean some unexpected changes.

James Milner Jesus Corona Porto

Also, Jurgen Klopp will have to change his team with the news that Trent Alexander-Arnold didn't travel to Portugal with the squad. The reason is still unknown as to why he didn't but hopefully it's not serious.

Let's take a look at what some of our writers think the starting XI will be.

Harry Miller


James Milner, Ibrahima Konaté, Joe Gomez, Kostas Tsimikas;

Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones;

Takumi Minamino, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota;

Divock Origi.

This team I have selected may seem to come out of left field but I think it’s more realistic than you would think. 

Alisson in goal, no doubt about that. In front of our handsome keeper we may see a completely different back four to what we saw concede three against Brentford.

Konaté and Gomez are in line to start their second game together after keeping a clean sheet against Norwich last week. This match is a great opportunity to flex the strength of our centre back depth. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Alexander-Arnold has been confirmed to not have traveled for this fixture which leaves the right-back spot open. I have Milner taking this role over Neco Williams as Klopp is more likely to favour experience for an away champions league clash. 

Andy Robertson drops to the bench for Kostas in this theoretical lineup so he can be rested. Tsimikas has impressed so far in his limited game time this season and may be gunning for Robbo’s spot soon enough. 

The formation I have the reds playing operates with only two midfielders who are the English duo of Curtis Jones and Jordan Henderson. 

Curtis Jones Brentford

CJ impressed in his last outing scoring a belter against the bees. Henderson picked up an assist but failed in providing defensive support which may have contributed to the dropping of points. 

The only alternative to the two listed midfielders would be recently returning Naby Keïta and TikTok star Oxlade-Chamberlain. Neither option is great in these circumstances which leads me to believe the change of formation. 

Furthering this, Klopp made changes to the team towards the end of the Brentford match that ended up as the formation I have chosen. I see this as Jürgen tinkering with said formation to suit our injury needs.

Takumi Minamino

The 3 in the 4-2-3-1 will be Minamino, Firmino and Jota. Taki impressed in his last outing and was an odd emission from the Brentford match. Minamino has proved he can come into the side and make a difference which is why he deserves this start. 

Firmino made his return from injury off of the bench at the weekend and looks fit enough to start against Porto. Jota has played a lot of minutes so far this season but I prefer Diogo over starting Salah or Mané to preserve the African tandem for the Man City fixture this coming weekend. 

Origi leads the line after impressing in his last start. Divock loves this competition and there’s no reason he can’t continue his good form against the Portuguese giants.

Charlie Webb


Joe Gomez, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Kostas Tsimikas;

Fabinho, James Milner;

Mohamed Salah, Curtis Jones, Takumi Minamino;

Roberto Firmino

I think Alisson is nailed on, we'll start to see Caoimhin Kelleher the sooner we qualify for the knockout stages of the UCL.

With Trent Alexander-Arnold not travelling with the squad, it's either going to be Joe Gomez or James Milner there. I've went with Gomez due to us having a mini injury crisis in midfield and we could use the veteran in the middle of the park.

After Matip's poor performance against Brentford, I think Klopp will try big Virg and Konate together.

Kostas Tsimikas

Kostas is also nailed on for me, he hasn't put a foot wrong all season and deserves a chance at a starting spot after Andy Robertson hasn't really been up to his usual standards this season.

In midfield I've went for Fabinho as I think we miss him so much when he doesn't play and he is one of the only irreplaceable parts of Klopp's midfield. 

I've decided to go for a 4-2-3-1 as I think it suits our situation with having less midfielders than we ideally would.

Mohamed Salah

Curtis was amazing against Brentford and he deserves to start. Salah is another one that we need due to him being irreplaceable and I think Taki deserves a shot after his impressive display against Norwich.

I think Sadio Mane could do with a rest because he hasn't been his usual self again this season and Diogo Jota I think just deserves a break. However, I believe he'll definitely feature in the game at some point.

Up front I was tossing and turning between choosing Divock Origi or Firmino. I've decided to go with the Brazilian due to the fact he's just returning from injury and he's usually pretty solid in the UCL.