Liverpool will look to build on their first leg victory when they host Benfica in the second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal at the Anfield.
The Reds dominated the first leg and Sadio Mane, Ibrahima Konate and Luis Diaz scored each to hand their side a healthy advantage. Although Benfica managed to reduce the deficit it shouldn’t pose any threat to Liverpool’s Champions League credentials.
Jurgen Klopp’s side has been relentless in all competitions and they have already lifted the League Cup this season. Their dream of conquering a quadruple is very much alive and they are looking extremely hard to beat with each passing game.
A FA Cup semifinal is also waiting on the horizon while they are still chasing Manchester City in the Premier League title race as the defending champions are just one point ahead of them.
Anfield is known for its hostile atmosphere on match days and they will be backing the home side in their quest for another Champions League title.
For Benfica, the tie is still alive and they must keep on dreaming in a bid to inspire a comeback in the Merseyside. The Portuguese side played some wonderful football in the Champions League so far beating the likes of Ajax and Barcelona and they would be keen to repeat their feat once again.
But their opponent is unbeatable at their home but Inter Milan did show the way with a slender 1-0 win over Liverpool and things could change in the second leg.
On the back of an excellent hattrick in the Portuguese top flight, the onus will be Darwin Nunez to lead the attack. The young forward has hogged the limelight for his goal scoring skills and the Portuguese side will be banking on him heavily.
With a number of important fixtures ahead it remains to be seen whether Jurgen Klopp shuffles his team to keep his players fresh for the FA Cup semifinal tie.
LIV vs BEN, UEFA Champions League 2021/22
Date: 14th April 2022
Time: 12:30 AM IST
Liverpool Champions League Form
Liverpool form (all competitions)
Benfica Champions League Form
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Liverpool Team News
Liverpool don’t seem to have any fresh injury concerns and Klopp will have all the players at his disposal.
Benfica Team News
Lucas Verissimo and Rodrigo Pinho will be the only two absentees for the visiting side.
Liverpool Possible Lineup
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Jones; Salah, Firmino, Diaz
Benfica Possible Lineup
Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Vertonghen, Otamendi, Grimaldo; Silva, Weigl, Taarabt, Everton; Ramos, Nunez
It would be a mammoth task for Benfica to overturn a two goal deficit and that too against a side like Liverpool
LIV vs BEN Fantasy XI No. 1
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Vetonghen; Thiago, Fabinho, Weigl, Silva; Salah, Nunez, Diaz
LIV vs BEN Fantasy XI No. 2
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Vetonghen, Robertson; Thiago, Weigl, Silva; Salah, Nunez, Diaz