Diogo Jota has actually called Porto as the one side that he desires Liverpool to prevent in the Champions League quarter-final draw, with the Reds forward wishing to face his previous club in the last of the elite European competitors.
Jurgen Klopp’s side is set to find their last-eight challengers on Friday, with the race for continental magnificence in 2020-21 still stacked with heavyweight clothing that have their sights locked on landing the supreme reward.
Premier League victor from Anfield form part of that pack, with Jota hoping that a reunion with ex-employers– who discarded Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus out in the last 16– can be postponed up until a masterpiece occasion in Istanbul on May 29.
Quizzed by RTP on whether he wish to line up versus Porto in the quarter-finals, Jota stated: “Honestly no. I think not.
“Because although Liverpool had a recent victory – I think they had Porto [previously in the Champions League knockout stages] and they managed to get past them – I think it would be a very complicated and very emotional game for me and I’d rather have another team.
“But in the final, yes. I’d agree to that already.”
Liverpool’s record versus Porto
The Reds dealt with the Portuguese giants in the knockout phases of the Champions League in succeeding seasons in between 2018 and 2019.
Klopp’s males emerged triumphant on each celebration, en path to making their method to back-to-back finals.
A 5-0 aggregate success was taken pleasure in very first time around, prior to then dominating 6-1 throughout 2 legs a year later on.
It remained in 2019 that Liverpool would go all the method and raise the prize, with domestic competitors Tottenham edged out in Madrid as a 6th European crown was reclaimed to Merseyside.
Can Liverpool go all the method this season?
The Reds have actually withstood a challenging domestic project, with unfortunate injuries conspiring versus them.
European magnificence is still up for grabs, however the similarity Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, and Manchester City likewise stay in contention.
Jota thinks anything is possible from this point, with the 24-year-old of the viewpoint that he can satisfy a youth dream with Liverpool on the grandest of sporting phases.
He included of winning the Champions League: “I’ve always had this dream since I was a child. And although I had already participated in the competition with FC Porto, you never have the same ambitions that a club like Liverpool has in the competition, obviously.
“The Champions League is a knockout competition, I think anything can happen, and obviously much of our attention is focused there and the possibility of going far in the event.”