Jurgen Klopp told his press conference that Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Georginio Wijnaldum all picked up knocks but should be fit to face Porto.

“We had little problems after the game, back problems here, Gini Wijnaldum a little back problem, Joel [Matip], I think even Virgil [van Dijk] from a fall on the ground,” the German reported at his pre-match press conference on Monday.

“But they all should be OK, hopefully.”

Liverpool will be hoping to win at Anfield this evening and ensure that a clean sheet is kept. Not conceding at home is the biggest advantage in two-legged European ties as a result of the outdated away goals rule.

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Virgil van Dijk will be crucial to getting his side through to the next round of the Champions League as he was against Bayern Munich.


The 6ft4 Dutch giant was absent in the first leg but helped Joel Matip keep Robert Lewandowski quiet in the return fixture. He also scored at the other end which was ultimately the decisive strike in a four-goal thriller at the Allianz Arena.

When Liverpool signed van Dijk from Southampton for a world record fee, there were a lot of people who thought that FSG had overpaid.

Sixteen months down the line and it could be argued that the Saints should have been demanding over £100million as that is now what he is worth.

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Since arriving at Anfield, the Dutchman has taken the Reds to a Champions League final, the top of the Premier League and now into the latter stages of Europe’s elite competition once again.

Never has a Liverpool signing made such an impact so quickly, and their chances of winning silverware rest firmly on his shoulders.

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