Champions League assist king laughs off 'workhorse' tag


Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said Mohamed Salah would be a deserving EPL Player of the Season after the Egyptian continued his remarkable scoring run as the Reds beat Newcastle United 2-0 yesterday morning (Singapore time) to go second in the English Premier League.

Liverpool look likely to be without left-back Andy Robertson for their Champions League second leg encounter against Porto on Tuesday, as the 23-year-old was a notable absentee from training in the lead up to the game. "We will prepare ourselves for the game and we want to win the second half of the tie". They are coming back but it will be too early for both of them.

"If you watch Barcelona, they give Lionel Messi the ball in specific moments". 'I think we are getting closer. 'For him, the competition for places is not a problem because he is important to us.

'They are all desperate to play, ' Klopp said.

The visitors will also check on the fitness of Marega and Ricardo, but they must do without Alex Telles, Danilo and Tiquinho.

Having won 5-0 in the first leg at the Estadio do Dragao, Jurgen Klopp's side will have been in confident spirits as they trained on Monday evening.

"It's only because we scored two or three more goals to make it kind of cool".

He has looked bright off the bench in recent weeks and may be one who Klopp offers an opportunity to - even if the German claims not to be planning wholesale changes. "It's not normal. It was a match between two great clubs in Europe, but we managed to impose our best game, with a lot of speed and exchanges of positions", Firmino told O Jogo.

In Champions League, eight of Liverpool's nine games have ended with more than 2.5 goals.

Porto can call upon star striker Vincent Aboubakar again after returning from a six-match absence, while Iker Casillas has returned in goal after Jose Sa's struggles in the first leg.

That is three better than team-mate Roberto Firmino, Paris St Germain forward Neymar, Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard of Chelsea - all of whom have played at least 100 minutes more.

He's only the third player to reach that total in a Champions League campaign over the last five seasons after Neymar and Ousmane Dembélé (8 and 6 respectively in 2016/17).