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Liverpool could meet a familiar face in the Champions League knockout stages

Liverpool successfully made it through the knockout stages of the Champions League as winners of Group D.

Jurgen Klopp and his team will be joined by another Liverpool player in the last-16.

Loaned out midfielder Marko Grujic will be representing FC Porto in the knockout stages of the competition.

He played a minor role as Porto secured qualification from Group C in second place.

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Porto finished behind Manchester City but ahead of Olympiacos and Marseille, meaning the Portuguese giants could be drawn to face Liverpool next year.

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Grujic started Porto’s final group match away at Olympiacos and put in an accomplished performance to help his team to a 2-0 victory in Greece.

He has played a limited role this season for Porto. In the eight matches he has clocked up on his loan spell, only four of them have been starts.

But he at least has the chance next February and may be beyond to play a bigger role.

So far he has just two starts in the Portuguese top-flight and is still working his way to become a regular in Sérgio Conceição’s starting line-up.

It could take an injury or two for him to get a run, but he is at least in the matchday 18 each and every week.

At Liverpool, he was in a similar position to what Divock Origi is in now, struggling to even get on the bench most weeks. Grujic’s step forward is a small one, yet it is progress for him. 

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If he is drawn to face Liverpool, Grujic will be eligible to play against us.

The rules are different between Premier League and in Europe, with loan players allowed to feature against their parent club in domestic cup competitions, unless they have already featured in the competition for their former side.

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