The game is important for both the clubs as 3 points will help the victor to take the 2 place behind Manchester City in the league table. "But I don't think earlier - we had this year for the first time the opportunity to do it and now we are in, so I think we are in time".
The visit to Manchester United on Saturday loomed over this tie and it was only in the closing stages that Klopp chose to raise the stakes, sending on Danny Ings for his seventh appearance of the season after that long recovery from a second knee injury and then later Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian had one chance on goal on the night but could not beat Casillas from a tight angle before Porto nearly nicked a win on the night when the ball dropped to Oliver Torres inside the area, only for Lovren to make a crucial block to deny the midfielder from close range.
"Now we thought we give him, if possible, the last 20".
The ties will be played in the first and second weeks of April. In the attack, "Merseyside" showed a strong performance, rivals managed to upset 23 times, the defense also had no problems, missed 6 goals.
"It feels really good", said Klopp.
"At this stage of the tournament, you need to have that belief that you can go on and win it. We'll take it step-by-step and tonight it is cool".
"The result at Anfield should be a big motivation for us on the domestic front", Casillas said.
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