Sérgio Conçeicão & Héctor Herrera Talk About Liverpool Challenge, Liverpool Announce Squad

Sérgio Conçeicão and Héctor Herrera spoke at the pre-match press conference Tuesday afternoon ahead of the 2nd leg Champions League match on Wednesday night at Estádio do Dragão.

FC Porto trailed 2-0 after the first leg on Liverpool goals by Keita (‘5) and Firmino (’26).

Lovren has been ruled out of Liverpool’s trip to Porto, while Corona remains doubtful for the hosts.

QUOTES (UEFA.com)

Conçeicão

“We have to be quick and decisive on the attack. Our opponents are very strong so we have to be very focused and alert, very intelligent in our understanding of these moments and the occupation of space.”


“We have to work for defensive organisation and we are 100% focused and aware of what our opponents are doing. It is not difficult to analyse Liverpool but it is difficult to counteract because they have so much individual and collective quality. They’re great!”


“We have a two-goal deficit to make up against a very strong team who are quick on the break. Getting the attacking balance right is fundamental.”


“The technical team will establish the game plan, then it’s up to the players to put it into action. They are the responsible for everything good that has happened so far.”


“There is no greater motivation than to be competing in a quarterfinal and to make a historic turnaround. I like the way Liverpool play. At times, they are the best team in the world.”


Herrera

“They have the advantage, but I believe in the ability we have as players and as a team. I am very confident and I believe we can get a good result and continue keep our Champions League dream alive.”


“There is no desire for revenge. Last year’s result is in the past. We have a great opportunity to continue to make history and we do not want to waste this opportunity. In the first leg, I saw that we can hurt a team like Liverpool.”

 

Liverpool Squad: Fabinho, Van Dijk, Wijnaldum, Milner, Keita, Firmino, Mane, Salah, Gomez, Alisson, Henderson, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Mignolet, Shaqiri, Robertson, Origi, Matip, Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold.

Klopp (via Liverpool)

“It’s clear, 2-0, what would we do? That’s the simplest question to ask: we would go for everything.”


“If we were 2-0 down and going into the home leg, would we think we were out? No way. That’s exactly what Porto are thinking.”


“They always have a high intense game in the highest intense atmosphere. From the first kick they will go with a clear direction.”


“We can compare it a little bit to the City game last year when we were 3-0 up and everybody thought, ‘halfway through’ or whatever.”


“We go there to win the game, that’s the plan. It’s not easy, we know that, but we should not think about anything else because that’s always the aim.”

 

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