Jota reveals the one side he wants Liverpool to avoid in Champions League quarter-final draw
Posted On March 19, 2021
The Portuguese seeks to fulfill a childhood dream in European competition, but could see his path intersect with former employers along the way
Diogo Jota has named Porto as the only side he wants Liverpool to avoid in the Champions League quarter-final draw, with the Reds forward hoping to face his former club in the final of the elite European competition .
Jurgen Klopp’s side are set to find their final eight opponents on Friday, with the race for continental glory in 2020-21 still stacked with heavyweight outfits that have their sights set on the ultimate prize.
Anfield Premier League title holders are part of that pack, with Jota hoping that a meeting with former employers – who have abandoned Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus in the last 16 games – can be delayed for up to one. flagship event in Istanbul on May 29.
What was said?
Asked by RTP As to whether he wants to line up against Porto in the quarter-finals, Jota said: “Honestly no. I do not think so.
“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 prefer to have another team.
“But in the final, yes. I already agree with that.
Liverpool vs Porto record
The Reds faced the Portuguese giants in the knockout stages of the Champions League in successive seasons between 2018 and 2019.
Klopp’s men have emerged victorious on every opportunity, en route to advance to back-to-back finals.
An overall success of 5-0 was won for the first time, before winning 6-1 over two sets a year later.
It was in 2019 that Liverpool would go all the way and lift the trophy, with national rival Tottenham ahead in Madrid as a sixth European crown was brought back to Merseyside.
Can Liverpool go all the way this season?
The Reds have endured a tough national campaign, with untimely injuries conspiring against them.
European glory is still up for grabs, but Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea and Manchester City also remain in contention.
Jota believes anything is possible from that point on, with the 24-year-old believing he can fulfill a childhood dream with Liverpool on the biggest of sporting stages.
He added of winning the Champions League: “I have always had this dream since I was a child. And even if I had already participated in the competition with FC Porto, you never have the same ambitions as a club like Liverpool in the competition, obviously.
“The Champions League is a knockout competition, I think anything can happen, and obviously a lot of our attention is focused there and the possibility of going far into the event.”