Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Liverpool's Firmino hoping for all-English Champions League quarter-final tie

Liverpool's Firmino hoping for all-English Champions League quarter-final tie

Despite settling for a goalless draw in an uninspiring last 16, second leg at Anfield, Liverpool eased past Porto 5-0 on aggregate thanks to a comprehensive win in Portugal three weeks ago. "There were chances, we played well and should have won the game", said the Brazilian. "We feel we have played well against the top English clubs and shown we can beat them".

The in-form Egypt worldwide had one angled shot easily saved as his run of scoring in successive matches ended at seven but, with a 24th European quarter-final in the bag (14 in this competition), his talents will be required for a more important occasion.

While drawing an English club would possibly give Jurgen Klopp's side a mental boost, Firmino believes that his side making the last eight has given his team plenty of confidence to face whichever team they draw.

"We respect Porto too much and the competition too much that we would think about real rotation", Klopp, who has rotated his side more than any other Premier League manager this season, said on Monday.

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"If you are in the draw (at this stage) then you cannot be afraid of anyone. I think we are a team who will cause problems to others".

Alternatively, we've got you covered here on SunSport, where we will be running a dedicated LIVE blog. While their performance against United in the first half was commendable, their self-destruction and lack of ability to grind out results was their downfall for them against both Manchester teams.

"I think he has more (appearances) than our whole squad", said Klopp, who embraced Casillas at full-time. "You have to play against the big teams".

The Spanish giants defeated Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 on Tuesday night at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris to book their place in the last eight of the competition.

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