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Liverpool’s Firmino wants to make Porto ‘suffer’

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Liverpool’s Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino gives a press conference at the Dragao stadium in Porto, on February 13, 2018, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League football match against FC Porto. FRANCISCO LEONG / AFP

Forward Roberto Firmino has vowed that Liverpool’s deadly strikeforce will make Porto suffer when they meet in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were rampant on the way to winning their group, scoring 23 goals with Firmino scoring six and Mohamed Salah five.

Although Philippe Coutinho, who weighed in with five goals in the group stage, has since moved to Barcelona, Salah in particular has stepped up his goalscoring, notching his 29th of the season in all competitions in the win over Southampton at the weekend.

And Firmino’s Champions League goal tally has moved him into rarefied territory inhabited by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Tottenham’s Harry Kane.

“We’re going to make Porto’s life difficult and make them suffer,” said Brazilian Firmino.

“If I play a good game then the goals will appear. I am trying to give my maximum for the team and trying to be alongside these great players in Europe.”

Porto coach Sergio Conceicao is hoping his stingy defence can thwart the Liverpool offensive — they have conceded just once in the last six league and cup games.

“The defensive consistency of the team is the key,” Conceicao added.

He said he took pleasure in a meeting of two…



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