Porto coach Sergio Conceicao hailed Liverpool as the best team on the planet at times this season even as he tries to plot their downfall in the Champions League.
Liverpool head to Portugal for Wednesday's second leg against Porto with a 2-0 lead from last week's first leg, and Conceicao knows he and his players have their work cut out.
"Liverpool are all about the way that I think about football," the former Portugal international said through a translator.
"I like the Liverpool dynamics, their game model. I like the way they play with the ball and without it, it's similar to how I see football.
"In my opinion, in a lot of these moments they are the best team in the world."
Liverpool dominated the first leg last week, enjoying 66 per cent possession and 15 attempts at goal.
Porto were ultimately grateful only three of those were on target and that they did not add to goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino inside the opening half an hour.
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Manchester United are closing in on a deal for highly-rated Porto full-back Diogo Dalot, according to reports in Portugal and England.
After finishing runners-up in both the Premier League and FA Cup, Jose Mourinho has set about trying to bolster his squad for an improved challenge next season.
Among United's targets is 19-year-old Porto full-back Dalot, who is preparing to switch the club he joined in 2008 for Old Trafford.
Reports claim there is a good chance of a deal being reached between United and Mourinho's former club instead of using the 20 million euros (£17.5 million) release clause that soon becomes active.
Dalot, a right-back capable playing on the left, has only made a handful of senior appearances for Porto, but is considered a huge talent and has attracted interest from many teams across Europe.
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Wolves have smashed their transfer record to sign Ruben Neves from Porto and confirmed a loan deal for defender Willy Boly.
Defensive midfielder Neves has signed a five-year deal for around £15million to link up with former manager Nuno Espirito Santo.
Boly follows Neves from Porto and has penned a season-long loan deal as the Sky Bet Championship side continue to revamp their squad.
The club are also close to signing former Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy on a free transfer after Carl Ikeme's shock leukaemia diagnosis.
Portugal international Neves made 76 appearances for Porto and the fee tops the £12million Wolves paid for Helder Costa in January.
"I'm very excited to play at this club," he told the club's official site. "It is a very big club and I hope to help the team to win their goals.
"I have always wanted to play in England and we have a good team. I think we can do good things this season."
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