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  • David Tyrer

Klopp: LFC result from last year will give Porto some extra motivation

It was this time last year that we'd just come through a 2-legged tie with Porto in the Champions League, on route to drawing Manchester City in the quarter-finals.

On drawing the Portuguese side last season, there was confidence mixed with trepidation; this was the best tie but also a potential banana-skin. But as it happened, we wandered past them in 2nd gear, winning 5-0 on aggregate.

This time around probably won't be as easy. It's a difference team, a different season and the Porto players will be more familiar with us. Just see how last year's 2nd leg panned out.

But Jurgen Klopp won't be taking anything for granted, and is just looking forward to being in the last 8 of the competition for the 2nd year in a row. Speaking to following the draw, he said: "What can I say? It’s Porto and we’ve played there already and we know how good we had to be last year.

"The result in the end was a strange one; it was very good for us, of course, but it was a strange one. In the second leg, we saw the character of Porto and the quality they have.

"I could not be further away from thinking it’s the best draw because it isn’t – it is just the draw, it’s the opponent we have to prepare for and that’s all we will be thinking about from when we start preparing for the game.

"We have a specialist for Porto in our own team in Pep Lijnders being there in the past – and he always speaks with so much respect for that club. We will have plenty of information and that’s what you need before a game, but you still have to play it. Now we know it, let’s prepare."

The Portuguese champions are not quite having it all their own way on their home soil this season, with Benfica currently sitting top of the table, and Porto have already lost as many league games so far this season than they did in the whole of last.

But they did knock out Roma in the last round, the side that took Liverpool all the way in the semis last season, so they're not an opposition to be taken at all lightly and Klopp reckons they'll be out for revenge for last season's result.

He continued: "100 per cent [it could give them extra motivation]. Porto were not on my ‘wish list’, but now they are our opponent, it is how it is and we have to play them.

"The first thing you have to do is make sure everybody respects the opponent the right way – and we will do that 100 per cent. We will know about the quality of Porto and then we have to play the game. Our supporters are brilliant at that, respecting the opponent.

"I am happy for them because it is a nice trip, a nice city, and the weather will be good then, which is always good for English people! There’s nothing else to say."

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