Moussa Sissoko could miss the first leg of Tottenham's Champions League semi-final against Ajax according to Mauricio Pochettino, who said the midfielder could be out "for the next two weeks".

Spurs lost 1-0 to Manchester City three days after Sissoko picked up a groin injury in the second leg of their stunning Champions League quarter-final victory over Pep Guardiola's men and Pochettino said that he was not optimistic about the Frenchman's chances of a quick recovery.

Home games against Brighton and Hove Albion, and West Ham in the Premier League will give Spurs the chance to continue their push for third place in the Premier League ahead of the visit of Ajax, but Pochettino said he is not expecting Sissoko or fellow midfielder Harry Winks to feature.

Winks has been struggling with a similar problem to Sissoko but managed 81 minutes on Wednesday before sitting out Saturday's defeat at the Etihad Stadium.

"Moussa Sissoko is not going to be fit, maybe for the next two weeks," said Pochettino.

"We hope he can recover before but I am not so optimistic.

"Harry Winks we don't know because it is a problem that is one day very good, next day not very good, it is about assessing each day.

"We hope he will be available for Tuesday [against Brighton] but we are not sure."

Defeat at City on Saturday left Spurs just one point clear of fourth-placed Arsenal – who were then stunned 3-2 by Crystal Palace on Sunday – and Pochettino said the prospect of the Champions League semi-final would not distract his players from ending their domestic campaign on a high.

He said the opportunity to play three successive matches at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium would give Spurs a lift, saying: "We hope we can keep going, getting the same result. It is going to be fantastic and it is going to be helpful for us playing in the new stadium with our fans and we hope and wish to repeat the performances of the previous results.

"We are not thinking of Ajax. We showed today that we are thinking in that today and that competition, the Premier League.

"Now our energy is on Brighton. It is so clear that we have two objectives – one is to be in the top four at the end of the season and the other is to beat Ajax, but we need to go step-by-step."

Maurizio Sarri suggested reaching the EFL Cup final with Chelsea this season was just as difficult as Tottenham's run to the Champions League semi-finals.

The Blues beat Liverpool in round three and Tottenham over two legs in the last four of the domestic competition, as well as overcoming Derby County and Bournemouth in-between, before losing on penalties to Manchester City in February's final.

Chelsea are now left battling for fourth place in the Premier League and are through to the semi-finals of the Europa League, courtesy of a 5-3 aggregate win over Slavia Prague, leaving two paths open for next season's Champions League.

Sarri insists qualifying for UEFA's elite club tournament is not the be all and end all for his side, though, and he believes going all the way in continental competition is perhaps not as tough as it is made out, with luck playing a big part.

"I know very well [the] Premier League is very difficult," Sarri said. "For getting in the final of the League Cup, too, we had to play against Liverpool, against Tottenham, the final against Manchester City. It was easier to get to the final of the Champions League, I think."

Tottenham, by comparison, knocked out Borussia Dortmund and Man City to keep their European hopes alive.

"I think many give the Champions League too much importance," Sarri added. "Of course, it is the most important competition for clubs, but it is a competition with straight elimination, so sometimes you need a post in or a post out to qualify or to be eliminated.

"So we need to play very well but you need to be lucky in that competition. I can understand if you stay in the Champions League is another world probably. 

"I have played two times in Champions League and it's clear it's the most important competition for clubs in Europe and as a consequence in the world I think, but it’s a competition in which you need to be lucky."

Chelsea will take on Eintracht Frankfurt over two legs for a place in the final of the Europa League, but before then they face Burnley and Manchester United in the Premier League.

Sarri is not prioritising one competition over the other as the finish line draws into sight.

"At the moment we cannot choose," he said. "We have to try in the Premier League. We have to try in the Europa league. But we want to win the Europa League because it is a very important competition, not because of going in the Champions League. So we have to try to get top four. It's not easy for us because we only play four matches, but we have to try.

"The last four or five matches will be difficult for every team involved in fighting for the top four, not only for us. So we can see some very strange results in the last part of the season. We are going to fight and see at the end."

Sarri, who has come under intense pressure at times in his maiden campaign in English football, expects to have Eden Hazard fit for Monday's clash with Burnley after the Belgian forward left the field early against Slavia Prague as a precaution.

"I spoke to him at half-time and he had a big knock in the leg," Sarri said. "He told me I will try but I'm not sure I will finish the match, so I prefer to change him because we have to play another very important match in three or four days. I think it was better [to take him off].

"I think he will be fit. I have to speak with the doctor, so I am not sure, but my feeling is it is nothing serious."

Ajax coach Erik ten Hag  acknowledged his side will be Champions League underdogs once again when they face Tottenham in the semi-finals.

Having hammered Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu, Ajax came up with another giant-killing when they dumped out Juventus with a 2-1 victory in Turin on Tuesday seeing them progress 3-2 on aggregate.

Tottenham, who themselves caused an upset by overcoming Manchester City on away goals in an extraordinary tie that ended 4-4 on aggregate, await Ten Hag's men in the last four.

But despite their exploits so far in the competition, Ten Hag insists his young side cannot be considered favourites when they travel to Tottenham for the first leg on April 30, though that does not mean they fear Mauricio Pochettino's side.

"First of all, being in the semi-finals of the Champions League is a massive achievement," Ten Hag told a news conference ahead of Ajax's Eredivisie fixture away to Groningen on Saturday.

"You know that you will face a wonderful opponent. Spurs is again a fantastic challenge for us, they are amazing.

"If you look at Ajax, or any Dutch team, looking at the financial aspects, we are always the underdog. But sometimes the underdog wins.

"We were the underdog against Madrid and Juventus. But we were self-conscious and we knew we would have chances.

"But then we have to be at our top level. So we are responsible for our own actions and partially the results. So if we play well, we can beat them."

Tan Hag has received plaudits for Ajax's buccaneering style, as well as his faith in youth, but the 49-year-old is not getting carried away.

"Instead of compliments I also got a lot of criticism. When things aren't going well, everyone is attacking me," he added.

"But if things do went well, you'll receive compliments. And if things go beyond well, people start to use superlatives.

"So I won't let these things affect me. We're in a position that we wanted in advance. So we have to be concentrated and that is the same for me as a manager who's an example for the rest."

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will retain an interest in the Champions League through a Bayern Munich connection as Erik ten Hag's Ajax bid to complete a stunning European triumph.

City beat Tottenham 4-3 in Wednesday's quarter-final second leg at the Etihad Stadium, but it was not enough to stop them crashing out on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate draw following their 1-0 loss last week.

Guardiola therefore missed out on a reunion with Ten Hag, whose Ajax side produced another remarkable away performance to overcome Juventus in their last-eight tie.

The two managers worked together at Bayern, where Ten Hag coached the German giants' reserve team for two years before returning to his homeland with Utrecht and then Ajax.

City's conquerors Spurs now stand between the Dutch side and a place in the final of the Champions League, and Guardiola is wishing his former colleague well. 

"I was lucky to meet him at Bayern and he was an assistant from the second team. We had a lot of chats," he said at Friday's news conference.

"I'm delighted where he is, a historical club. It would have been a pleasure to play him. I wish him a good two games and I will be watching on TV."

Ajax also knocked out three-in-a-row champions Real Madrid en route to the last four, and Guardiola is not ruling out a first continental success since 1995 for the Eredivisie club.

"They have more chances [to win the title] than Man City this season, so we'll see," he joked. "One stage more to go to the final."

Barcelona and Liverpool will contest the other Champions League semi-final after seeing off Manchester United and Porto respectively in the quarters.

Nobody believed Tottenham could reach the Champions League semi-finals after their poor start to the competition, according to Mauricio Pochettino.

Drawn into a group with PSV, Inter and Barcelona, Spurs finished second courtesy of their head-to-head record with the Serie A side thanks to a matchday six draw at Camp Nou.

On Wednesday they reached the last four on away goals despite losing their dramatic quarter-final second leg with Manchester City 4-3.

A controversial Fernando Llorente goal ultimately proved decisive. The ball appeared to hit his arm on its way in with 17 minutes to go, but referee Cuneyt Cakir allowed it to stand after a VAR review.

City thought they had secured a spot in the semi-finals with almost the last kick of the game, but again VAR aided Spurs, with Raheem Sterling's goal – which would have completed his hat-trick – disallowed due to Sergio Aguero straying offside in the build-up.

Pochettino can scarcely believe what his side have achieved over the last few years, not least given the struggles the club have faced with the move to a new stadium completed midway through the season.

"In November it was not destiny, in the beginning of the season nobody believed in that destiny is going to reward us and five years ago nobody believed we would be here," he told reporters at a media conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with City.

"Of course I believe in the universe but you need to work, to have the option to be rewarded by the universe. It is an energy there that helps the people that work. you need to work to be rewarded. When you need to look back and assess the key decision with [chairman] Daniel [Levy] to move to the new stadium.

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"Nobody agreed with us, because why not finish the season at Wembley rather than move again to another stadium? But I told you being positive is the most important in football and life is about taking risk.

"You have a clear idea it is going to be good for you and you are going to move forward and it is going to be a big boost - the decision we can now tell everyone was right but the moment we took the decision people were critical of us.

"That is why we cannot forget the past, of course we need to understand the people when they are not inside and it is so easy to give an opinion but in the end you must believe in the decision. We can feel proud about our players our fans, the coaching staff and other staff in the club. I think Tottenham is doing a fantastic job.

"We are in the situation that we are today because we deserve to be there, because we are working so hard. Yes we feel so proud and now we need to be sure we continue in the same way always improving."

Liverpool midfielder James Milner is expecting Premier League title rivals Manchester City to "react like champions" against Tottenham on Saturday.

Milner's former club were narrowly eliminated by Spurs on away goals in a thrilling Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday, ending City's quadruple dreams.

Liverpool need City – who have a game in hand - to slip up in order to win the title but Milner does not expect that to come this weekend.

"They're Premier League champions for a reason so I'm sure they'll react like champions and go again at the weekend," he told Sky Sports.

"But Spurs will have their backs up as well and want to bounce back and go again after a great result getting through.

"They're two top teams and I'm sure it will be an exciting game for the neutral.

"Obviously it's disappointing for them [City] and they'll be pushing hard for the remaining games of the season.

"We can keep one eye on it but all we can do is concentrate on our games, we can control what our results are."

With four games to go, Milner knows they most likely need to win all of them if they are to end their 29-year wait for a league title.

"That's what we have to do and that's what we'll try to do," he added. "It's not easy, there are a lot of tough games coming up thick and fast.

"We're used to that, we do it all the time. We've been used to a game every three days for the majority of the season but like I say when there's a bit of added extra pressure on them towards the end of the season it maybe takes a bit more out of you mentally.

"But I think the team has done fantastically all season and now we're just focusing on the next game."

This season's Champions League has thrown up more contenders for the best matches in the history of the competition, with the semi-final stage still to come.

Manchester City's 4-3 defeat of Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday was an all-time classic, with Spurs progressing on away goals 4-4 on aggregate after two moments of high VAR drama.

Earlier this season alone, Ajax stunned Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu while Manchester United made history of their own by overturning a 2-0 first-leg loss to knock out Paris Saint-Germain.

United, of course, are no strangers to dramatic turnarounds in this competition, as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows well from his treble-winning exploits 20 years ago.

But where do this season's results rank among the top Champions League matches in the competition's history? Omnisport picks out 10 of the best.

Barcelona 6-1 Paris Saint-Germain (6-5 agg), 2017

Barcelona remain the perpetrators of the most remarkable of all Champions League comebacks.

Trailing 4-0 from the first leg of their last-16 tie with PSG, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored either side of a Layvin Kurzawa own goal, only for Edinson Cavani to grab what was expected to be the decisive strike for the visitors.

However, two quickfire Neymar goals – the second a highly controversial penalty after an apparent Suarez dive – levelled the tie at 5-5.

Then, in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Sergi Roberto struck to create a slice of Champions League history – no side had ever turned around a four-goal first-leg deficit before.


Roma 3-0 Barcelona (4-4 agg, Roma won on away goals), 2018

Comeback kings Barca were dethroned in the Italian capital last year as Roma completed one of the most unlikely turnarounds in quarter-final history.

Eusebio Di Francesco's side came back from a 4-1 first-leg deficit to progress to the last eight on away goals after a thrilling 3-0 win in front of their home fans.

Edin Dzeko, Daniele De Rossi and Kostas Manolas secured the 4-4 aggregate draw and sent the Stadio Olimpico into raptures, as Barca completely fell to pieces.

Deportivo La Coruna 4-0 AC Milan (5-4 agg), 2004

Deportivo were among Spain's major forces just after the turn of the century and one of their finest moments in Europe came in April 2004 when, despite being 4-1 down from the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final with AC Milan, they stunned the Italians at home.

Walter Pandiani, Juan Carlos Valeron and Albert Luque had Depor ahead on away goals before half-time, with Fran Gonzalez – who played for them in the second division in the late 80s and is still their record appearance holder – fittingly scored the fourth to make sure of their passage.

Depor were eliminated by eventual winners Porto in the semi-finals, but this comeback stood as arguably the very best in Champions League history until Barca went one better.


Liverpool 3-3 AC Milan (AET, 3-2 on pens), 2005

That famous night in Istanbul. Liverpool found themselves on the end of a hiding at half-time in the 2005 Champions League final, as Paolo Maldini and a Hernan Crespo brace had the Serie A side 3-0 up.

But the second half proved to be one of the most iconic 45 minutes in Liverpool's history, with goals from Steven Gerrard, Vladimir Smicer and Xabi Alonso levelling the match up by the hour mark.

Milan then failed to hold their nerve in the penalty shootout, as Jerzy Dudek's leggy antics in the Liverpool goal helped the Pole outsmart both Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko after Serginho blazed the first kick over, resulting in the Premier League side lifting their fifth European title.


Manchester United 2-1 Bayern Munich, 1999

Possibly the two most dramatic minutes in the history of European club football.

United were trailing 1-0 to Bayern Munich in the 1999 final at Camp Nou, with Mario Basler's skidding free-kick into the bottom-right corner looking set to be enough for the Bavarian giants to end a 23-year wait for glory in the continent's top-tier competition.

However, the United of Alex Ferguson's era could never be discounted until the final whistle, and substitute Teddy Sheringham swept Ryan Giggs' shot into the bottom corner to bring the scores level in the 91st minute.

Solskjaer, another late substitute and now the man in the United dug-out, avoided the need for extra time by stabbing Sheringham's header from a David Beckham corner into the roof of the net as United completed an historic treble in astonishing fashion.


Monaco 3-1 Real Madrid (5-5 agg, Monaco won on away goals), 2004

Monaco were an unexpected member of the last eight in the 2003-04 Champions League and had seemingly been put in their place after losing 4-2 at Real Madrid in the first leg, even if Fernando Morientes – on loan from the Spanish giants – netted their second late on to give them a chance.

A Raul goal nine minutes before the break in the return leg in Monte Carlo made their task even tougher, but Monaco rallied admirably – Ludovic Giuly pulled one back on the stroke of half-time, with Morientes then adding a second just after the restart.

Giuly – whose performances with Monaco ultimately earned him a move to Madrid's bitter rivals Barca – grabbed the decisive goal midway through the second half to secure progression, with Didier Deschamps' side finally halted by Porto in the final.


Barcelona 5-1 Chelsea (AET, 6-4 agg), 2000

A 3-1 first-leg loss at Stamford Bridge – having trailed 3-0 – had Barca in danger of being on the wrong end of a major 1999-00 Champions League upset prior to the Roman Abramovich era, but in the return match the Catalans showed their true class.

Tore Andre Flo's 60th-minute goal was sending Chelsea through despite Rivaldo and Luis Figo scoring before the break, but Dani Garcia scored seven minutes from the end of regulation to force extra time.

Rivaldo then converted a penalty after Celestine Babayaro was sent off and Patrick Kluivert wrapped things up, crushing Chelsea's dreams.


Real Madrid 1-4 Ajax (5-3 agg), 2019

Despite their impressive display in their 2-1 first-leg defeat, nobody really seemed to think Ajax could turn things around at the Santiago Bernabeu. Sergio Ramos certainly did not - he earned a booking so as to avoid the risk of a quarter-final ban, earning an extra-game suspension from UEFA in the process.

In the absence of their captain, Madrid completely capitulated amid a fearless and thrilling Ajax display.

Hakim Ziyech and David Neres put the visitors 2-0 up after only 18 minutes and it was 3-0 just after the hour mark thanks to the inspired Dusan Tadic.

Marco Asensio got a goal back, but Lasse Schone's free-kick beat Thibaut Courtois and sent Madrid crashing out. It was the first time they had ever been knocked out after winning the first leg of a Champions League tie.


Paris Saint-Germain 1-3 Manchester United (3-3 agg, United won on away goals)

Just when you thought nothing would top Ajax's thrashing of Madrid, United made history at Parc des Princes only 24 hours later.

No side had ever won a knockout tie after trailing 2-0 from a first leg at home, and with 10 senior players missing, including the banned Paul Pogba, United's chances looked slim.

Romelu Lukaku scored just two minutes in, though, and despite Juan Bernat's equaliser on the night, Lukaku struck again after a Gianluigi Buffon error to make it 2-1.

As the game crept towards second-half injury time, Diogo Dalot's shot struck Presnel Kimpembe's arm and the referee awarded a penalty after a lengthy VAR review. Marcus Rashford scored it, United progressed, and the clamour for Solskjaer to be given the permanent manager's job grew louder.

Manchester City 4-3 Tottenham (4-4 agg, Spurs won on away goals)

No Champions League match has ever started quite like City v Spurs on Wednesday, when four goals in the first 11 minutes left the football world utterly thrilled.

Son Heung-min struck a brace of crucial away goals after Raheem Sterling opened the scoring, Bernardo Silva then levelling before the England forward made it 3-2.

Sergio Aguero seemed to have sent City into the semi-finals but Fernando Llorente, a first-half substitute due to Moussa Sissoko's injury, bundled in a corner - VAR ruling the goal should not be disallowed for offside.

And then, in added time, Sterling thought he had won the tie and completed his hat-trick in the process, only for the goal to be ruled out for Aguero straying offside in the build-up.

This season's semis, Liverpool v Barcelona and Ajax v Tottenham, have a tough task to match that drama.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has admitted that he is daunted by the prospect of facing Lionel Messi in the Champions League semi-finals.

Van Dijk scored as Liverpool sealed their place in the last four with a 4-1 win over Porto on Wednesday, giving the Reds a 6-1 aggregate victory.

Next up is Catalan giants Barcelona and their mercurial superstar Messi – who helped eliminate Manchester United on Tuesday with two goals.

And facing the Argentina international is something Van Dijk knows will not be easy.

"It's going to be a great match-up for all of us," Van Dijk told Viasport Fotball.

"It's about doing it all together, it's never 1vs1, it's never just me against a particular striker.

"It's always us against everyone and I think that's the only way we can defend well.

"And it's going to be very hard and I think he [Messi] is the best player in the world but we'll see."

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Alisson will inherit the number one shirt from the start of the 2019-20 season, the club confirmed as they launched their new kit.

The Brazilian has been wearing 13 since his arrival from Roma and has been a key player in their title challenge, with 18 clean sheets.

Porto head coach Sergio Conceicao says his side did not deserve to lose their Champions League quarter-final 6-1 on aggregate to Liverpool.

After a 2-0 first-leg defeat at Anfield, Porto were beaten 4-1 at home on Wednesday as the Reds booked a last-four clash with Barcelona.

Porto started well in the second leg but failed to make the breakthrough, with Sadio Mane opening the scoring with a goal that survived a VAR check for offside.

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk were then also on target for Liverpool, with Porto only able to muster a goal from Real Madrid-bound defender Eder Militao in reply.

Jurgen Klopp's side were clinical in knocking Porto out for the second year in a row but Conceicao did not feel a 6-1 aggregate scoreline was a fair reflection of the quarter-final.

"Liverpool only had four shots on goal and scored four goals, which demonstrates the quality of their team," Conceicao told a news conference.

"I think it is unfair. We deserved more, the fans deserved more, but we gave a very positive image of Portuguese football. 

"We did not deserve to come away from Anfield with a two-goal difference. Today we knew it was possible, we prepared a strategy that I think was appropriate, and at first we did well at all levels.

"The one time our opponents entered our penalty area, it was a goal. The strength coming from the stands made me shiver. We have played our part in Europe.

"My players were fantastic. Our Champions League campaign was fantastic. Liverpool are a very strong team."

Pep Guardiola has not reached back to the final of the Champions League since leaving Barcelona.  Were those who appointed him the best coach in the world following his early successes too quick to do so?

Tottenham and Liverpool advanced to the semi-finals of the Champions League in high-scoring affairs on Thursday.

Jurgen Klopp felt Liverpool's ever-increasing Champions League experience was vital in their 6-1 aggregate quarter-final win over Porto, and dubbed his side "special" after they secured a semi-final place for the second consecutive season.

The Reds are the only side among 2017-18's semi-finalists to return to the last four this season and they progressed in some style as Porto were brushed aside 4-1 in the second leg at Estadio do Dragao.

Sadio Mane's second goal in as many games opened the scoring and there were further strikes from Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk as Liverpool absorbed plenty of Porto pressure while being ruthless in attack.

The introduction of Jordan Henderson and Firmino in the second half seemed to knock the last bit of steam out of Porto, and Klopp told BT Sport it was part of his game plan to have their fresh legs in reserve.

"In the second half it was clear that the energy level would drop a little bit for Porto so we could control the game much more and score the goals," said Klopp.

"It was clear the tempo would be lower because they couldn't cope with the tempo they had in the first 30 minutes. That was why we wanted to do it like this, so we could bring on Bobby [Firmino] and Hendo [Henderson] as well.

"We are more and more experienced, that's clear. We have had difficult away games at [Manchester] City last year, in Rome last year, and we knew this would be the same. They are a different animal in home games and it was clear we had to be ready for that.

"I think we are the only ones who were in the semi-finals last year and in the semi-finals again. That's really special for us."

Looking ahead to the clash with Barcelona, Klopp added: "It's the first time for me to play them, apart from a friendly and of course we are looking forward to that."

Jordan Henderson was warming up on the touchline when Mane put Liverpool in front on the night, and he said the decision to award the goal despite an initial offside flag was correct in his view.

"I thought [Mane's goal] was a goal to be honest, thankfully it was given and that gave us a real boost coming in at half-time," said Henderson.

"It was tough but that's what we expected. We had to be ready from the start, we dug in really well, they had some half chances and it was difficult in the first half."

Liverpool are away at Cardiff City next as their Premier League title push continues, and Henderson said there is plenty of belief in the squad.

"We believe but we've got to keep working hard," he said. "We try to give everything and be horrible to play against."

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah scored for the second game running as Liverpool cruised to a 4-1 victory over Porto, sealing a 6-1 aggregate win to set up a tantalising Champions League semi-final clash with Barcelona.

The Reds' romp began when Mane struck after 26 minutes of the quarter-final second leg at Estadio do Dragao, VAR ruling the Senegal international onside after Salah played him in.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will have been delighted with the way his back four dealt with Porto's attack as they tried in vain to turn the tie on its head. 

Sergio Conceicao's men created enough chances to have levelled matters before Mane's strike but thereafter their attacking waves crashed harmlessly against Liverpool's defensive rocks, with Virgil van Dijk imperious.

Eder Militao eventually found a way through, but only after Salah had effectively ended the contest by slotting home Liverpool's second following Trent Alexander-Arnold's superb cross-field pass.

Late goals from substitute Roberto Firmino and Van Dijk added gloss to the win.

Porto will be sick of the sight of Liverpool, who knocked them out in the round of 16 last season, and in current form the Reds look capable of winning wherever they play – even Camp Nou.

Jurgen Klopp has named Divock Origi in his starting line-up for the second leg of Liverpool's Champions League quarter-final against Porto, with Roberto Firmino dropping to the bench.

It is Origi's first start in the competition since he joined the club and his fifth of the season in all competitions, with Klopp opting to give first-choice striker Firmino a rest as the Reds take a 2-0 lead to Estadio do Dragao.

Elsewhere in the team, James Milner starts alongside Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield, with Jordan Henderson among the substitutes, and Joel Matip keeps his place alongside Virgil van Dijk in the centre of defence.

Klopp told BT Sport that the decision to include Origi was not due to any concerns over Firmino's fitness, saying:  "No issue, actually – just respecting the fantastic form Divock Origi is in for weeks or months already, and bringing in fresh legs.

"That's all, the same we do in midfield because we expect a very intense game, we expect a hard-fighting Porto side. So we need to be ready for that.

"Of course Bobby is ready for that but because he never gives himself a rest, from time to time we have to do it. But it's not a rest actually, it’s bringing in Div and having that option: speed and all that stuff. That's what we thought."

Porto boss Sergio Conceicao has restored attacker Yacine Brahimi, who came off the bench at Anfield last week, to his starting line-up despite the Algeria international having failed to find the net in eight Champions League appearances this season.

Liverpool and Manchester City are doing battle for the Premier League title and both sides also remain in the hunt for the Champions League.

The Reds face Porto on Wednesday, holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for a repeat of their rampant 5-0 victory at Estadio do Dragao in last season's round of 16 - a game in which Sadio Mane starred.

City, meanwhile, host Tottenham, with Pep Guardiola's side having to comeback from a 1-0 deficit, though Mauricio Pochettino will have to do without Harry Kane, who was injured in the first leg.

Here are some essential Opta Facts as we close in on the business end of the competition.


Porto v Liverpool

3 - Mane scored a hat-trick for Liverpool versus Porto last term. Only Luiz Adriano versus BATE and Cristiano Ronaldo against Atletico Madrid have recorded more than one hat-trick against an opponent in the Champions League, while no player has got two away to one club.

7 - Liverpool have never lost a European match against Porto in seven previous encounters, winning four times and drawing on three occasions, keeping three successive clean sheets in the process.

9 - The Reds have progressed from all nine of their previous two-legged European ties under Jurgen Klopp (four in the 2015-16 Europa League, one 2017-18 Champions League play-off and four knockout stage fixtures in the same competition).

2 - Two of the three teams that lost their first leg by two or more goals in the last 16 of this season's competition managed to turn the tie around in the return fixture; Manchester United v Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus v Atletico.

100 - Porto are the only remaining side in the Champions League to have won all of their home games in the competition this season.

5 - Liverpool's 5-0 win in last season's meeting at Estadio do Dragao was Porto's heaviest defeat in European competition. 

Manchester City v Tottenham

4 - Tottenham have won three successive Champions League games; they have never been victorious in four in a row. 

23 - City have won 23 of their 25 home matches in all competitions this season (L2), although they have suffered defeat in two of their past three Champions League knockout games at the Etihad Stadium, winning the other 7-0 against Schalke.

93 - Each of Tottenham's past 10 goals in the Champions League have come in the second half; indeed, 93 per cent of their goals (13/14) in the competition this season have been netted after half-time.

7 - Leroy Sane has been directly involved in seven goals in his last three home games in the Champions League (three goals, four assists). It is four more than he managed in the previous seven such outings at the Etihad.

8 - The first leg saw eight different English players in the two starting XIs. The last Champions League fixture to feature more Englishmen in the line-ups was the 2008 final between United and Chelsea.

1 - Tottenham have only won one of their last eight visits to City in all competitions, a 2-1 Premier League victory in February 2016.

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