Blood Red from Porto: Why Klopp's mature and ruthless Red machine will not fear Barcelona - and assessing the Man City damage


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It's the morning after the night before and a 'tired' Ian Doyle and a 'sprightly' James Pearce (he may be lying) are joined once again by David Lynch, the Evening Standard's Liverpool FC correspondent, for a special Blood Red podcast recorded at Porto airport (gate announcements, saxophone playing and all). The talk, of course, is dominated by the Reds' 4-1 win over the Portuguese champions in their own backyard, which sealed a 6-1 aggregate success and set-up a semi-final showdown with Barcelona. James believes the victory showed just how ruthless Jurgen Klopp's side have become while David praises their ability to remain calm in the tough moments. Also on the agenda is Klopp's substitutes and the strength of his squad as well as the change in Mohamed Salah since he broke his duck. And while there'll be plenty on this in the next fortnight, the trio also focus on Barcelona, which includes a crazy stat from Ian, a nice anecdote from James about his only previous visit to the Nou Camp, and why the Spanish giants' style could suit Liverpool down to the ground. And before Ian races off to catch his plane, there's also a discussion about what Manchester City's exit at the hands of Tottenham could mean for the Premier League title race. Enjoy.

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