Having won the first leg 5-0 in Portugal, Liverpool eased into the last eight with a goalless draw at Anfield on Tuesday.
And the German tactician was relieved to find that no fresh injuries came up in the aftermath of their 2-0 victory over the Magpies, just some knocks which he expected to heal in time for the visit of the Portuguese giants. This was only the fifth time in 42 games this season that Liverpool failed to score. That's what I meant when I said we will not rest players. A couple of first-half goals from the visitors could completely shift the tone and dynamic of the match, and force Liverpool to buckle down and grind things out if they want to make the quarter finals.
Progression sees Liverpool make the quarter finals of European football's elite competition for the first time since the 2008/09 season, and Ferdinand sees no reason why they can not go all the way.
Rafa Benitez said he was impressed with Liverpool's defending during Newcastle United defeat at Anfield on Saturday, and that his former club's investments are displaying their value. There is good development at Liverpool and if you don't show up in Champions League then nobody will realise it. "We got into some good positions and we were running full pace, but still we couldn't beat them".
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Liverpool star Emre Can insists he has put all transfer talk to bed until the end of the season as he focuses on a strong end to the season with Jurgen Klopp's side. Maybe two little setbacks, not the biggest setbacks, but in and out, in and out.
"It's very, very important and now we can prepare for the Manchester game". I'm happy we made that step.
Meanwhile, Jordan Henderson suffered a dead leg during the game, but the Liverpool captain told BT Sport that he would be "fine".
"We respect Porto too much and the competition too much that we would think about real rotation", Klopp, who has rotated his side more than any other Premier League manager this season, said on Monday.