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Porto v Liverpool: Previous Matches

Liverpool FC and FC Porto once again meet in the Champions League, but this time in group stages. We look back on the past matchups between these two foes.

It has been a couple seasons since the last time The Reds were visited by the Portuguese outfit. The last time coming all the way back in the 2018/2019 Champions League, which eventually led Liverpool to raise the European Cup for the 6th time. Could history be repeating itself? 

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European Cup on display.

The first leg of the 2018/2019 Quarterfinals had Liverpool come out in style at Anfield. With the starting squad looking very similar to today's starting 11, but this time with James Milner at left back and former Liverpool centre back Dejan Lovren paired up with Virgil van Dijk. 

Naby Keita found his way into the lineup alongside Fabinho and Jordan Henderson with the usual top three commanding the attack. Keita opened up the scoring with a deflection goal that Porto's goalkeeper still in his tracks. 

The second goal came 20 minutes later after Trent Alexander-Arnold made his way into the box on the right hand side to find Roberto Firmino wide open for a little cheeky no look finish. 

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Roberto Firmino celebrating Liverpool's second goal at Anfield.

The match held firm for the rest of the game as Liverpool edged out Porto to lead on aggregate 2-0. 

The return fixture saw The Reds enter the Estadio de Dragao looking to cruise into the Champions League semi finals. The Liverpool lineup saw some fresh faces as Andy Robertson presumed his position at left back. 

Milner moved to the midfield while Gini Wijnaldum started on the right. Joel Matip partnered Van Dijk in the back while Divock Origi got the start up top alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. 

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James Milner fends off a FC Porto player for a header

The game started with Porto coming out firing on all cylinders with some early chances on goal, but with no luck. 

Salah and Mane quickly silenced the home crowd in the 26th minute with Mane slotting in a nice ball from Salah to give Liverpool the lead 1-0, with a 3-0 aggregate. Mane and Salah linked up again, this time with the Egyptian putting one home to increase The Reds lead in the 65th minute. 

Porto finally got one back in the 68th minute as Eder Militao slotted a header home from a corner, rejuvenating the Porto faithful that there was some time left in the game. 

Roberto Firmino headed home a Jordan Henderson cross just minutes later to put the game to rest as Liverpool led 3-1 and 4-1 on aggregate. Virgil Van Dijk scored the last goal of the game as he also headed one into the back of the night, capping off a great night for the men in red. Liverpool went on to the semi-finals and we all know how that journey ended up.

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The Reds will look to have a similar path when they take on Porto in Portugal on Tuesday. With the Jurgen Klopp's men coming off a deflating draw in the league versus Brentford, they will look to continue their European success and take a commanding hold of the group.