Steven Gerrard certainly knows a thing or two about playing knockout football in the Champions League. The former Reds midfielder captained the side to their famous victory in 2005, and also led them to a final two years later.
Speaking to BT Sport ahead of Liverpool’s Last 16 clash with FC Porto this evening, Gerrard says that Jurgen Klopp should set up his side in an attacking manner as that’s where their strengths lie.
It suits this Liverpool team to go out and play on the front foot. They like to press and be aggressive. They have been scoring very well and I think they will have huge confidence that they can go out and score in this tie. If you can get an away goal, it gives you a huge advantage. Listening to the Liverpool players and Jurgen Klopp, you can tell that they are confident and are playing well so it is all set up to be a great tie.
Gerrard also spoke about the problems that Porto can cause the Reds and hinted that whilst Liverpool should be confident, they should not underestimate their opponents, who have a history of winning.
I think both teams will fancy their chances of going through. Porto are going very well in their domestic league and they always prioritise the Champions League so I’m sure they are going to be ready.
The skipper, who played in plenty of big European games at Anfield, said that having the second leg at home could be a huge factor for the Reds, if they get a good result in Portugal.
Having the second leg at Anfield is a huge advantage for Liverpool. They will want to make sure they don’t give themselves too much to do but I’ve experienced it myself and that crowd can influence a football match, especially on a European night. We had times when our backs were against the wall or we had a mountain to climb and the crowd lifted us to get us over the line. You look at what happened in the Dortmund game in the Europa League a few years ago and it shows you what they can do and I’m sure if the game is in the balance the Kop will have a big part to play. If they can go back to Anfield in the tie and with an away goal then they will be very happy.