Liverpool vs Benfica LIVE: Champions League team news, line-ups and more tonight



Klopp labels reporter ‘cheeky’ for Guardiola question ahead of Benfica match

Liverpool take a two-goal lead into their Champions League quarter-final second leg as they host Benfica at Anfield this evening. Goals from Ibrahima Konate, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz secured a 3-1 victory in Lisbon last week as Jurgen Klopp’s side look to stay on track for an unprecedented quadruple.

The Reds have already won the Carabao Cup this term and will battle it out with Manchester City for the Premier League title – they trail by just one point – and the FA Cup when they face Pep Guardiola’s men at Wembley in the semi-finals on Saturday .

Benfica, meanwhile, were able to rest a number of players for their 3-1 league win over Belenenses SAD between legs, while Liverpool must back up a performance of high intensity that saw them draw 2-2 with title rivals Man City last Sunday. Darwin Nunez added a weekend hat-trick to the goal he scored in the first leg, and the Uruguayan will again be a major threat for the Portuguese side.

The winner of this quarter-final will face Villarreal in the next round after Unai Emery’s men scored late against Bayern Munich last night to squeeze through to the semi-finals 2-1 on aggregate.

Follow all the action from Anfield as Liverpool host Benfica in the Champions League quarter-finals:

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Joël Matip will make his 50th appearance in the Champions League this evening. The centre-back played every minute of Liverpool’s first five group games but has been an unused substitute in three of the Reds’ last four matches in the competition.

(Liverpool F.C. via Getty Images)

Michael Jones13 April 2022 18:55

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Benfica boss, Nelson, Veríssimo on Darwin Núñez’s performances: “We are realizing that he is undergoing a very big evolution.

“He has innate quality… At the end of the season, if he has to go, you have to accept it, but it’s the law of the market. Obviously, with players like Darwin, and the best players, the idea would be to keep them all, but we are in a competitive market.”

Michael Jones13 April 2022 18:51

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Liverpool vs Benfica: Team changes

Jurgen Klopp swaps out seven players from the team that started the first leg against Benfica.

Ibrahima Konate is the only defender to keep his place in the back line as Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Kostas Tsimikas come in to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson.

In midfield Naby Keita is joined by James Milner and Jordan Henderson and Luis Diaz is partnered up top with Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota.

Benfica only make one change as Diogo Goncalves replaces the injured Rafa Silva.

Michael Jones13 April 2022 18:47

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Liverpool vs Benfica: Line-ups

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Gomez, Konate, Matip, Tsimikas, Milner, Keita, Henderson, Jota, Firmino, Diaz

Benfica XI: Vlachodimos, Gilberto, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo, Weigl, Taarabt, Diogo Goncalves, Everton, Nunez, Goncalo Ramos

Michael Jones13 April 2022 18:43

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Last time these two teams met Liverpool strolled to a 3-1 victory away from home and will be hoping to extend their advantage over Benfica with another clinical performance at Anfield. Here’s a look at how the game in Lisbon went down:

Michael Jones13 April 2022 18:42

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Jurgen Klopp renews attack on Premier League TV schedule ahead of title run-in

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken another shot at television broadcasters after stating no other league in the world would schedule matches like they do in England.

If they get through their Champions League quarter-final against Benfica, over whom they have a 3-1 lead, Klopp’s side face a last-four tie against either Bayern Munich or Villarreal.

However, what irks him more is following that potential semi-final Liverpool then have to travel to Newcastle for a Saturday lunchtime kick-off.

Michael Jones13 April 2022 18:38

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Veríssimo says his team need to stop granting goals having last kept a clean sheet nearly a month ago. They have been working on defending in practice and will hope to keep Liverpool quiet tonight.

“We always have to be concerned when we concede goals.” said the Benfica boss. “We need to understand how these goals come about and work so that the mistake doesn’t happen again.

“That’s what we’ve been working on. We know that against the offensive quality of these [Liverpool] players, there are things we must avoid, in the sense of closing the lines and paying attention to their width and depth.”

Michael Jones13 April 2022 18:34

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Liverpool boss, Jürgen Klopp, says that his team have only completed half the job and will find themselves under pressure if Benfica open the scoring tonight.

“It’s 3-1 at half-time, it’s as tricky as 2-0.” he said, “A good basis, but if they score one, like we felt against Inter, the game changes. We felt it when they scored last week. We really need to make them feel this is a place they don’t want to go.”

Michael Jones13 April 2022 18:30

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Nelson Verissimo, Benfica’s coach, spoke in the build-up tonight’s second leg about how his team are going to take on Liverpool. He said:

“We have a two-goal deficit and we can’t openly play the game since we’ll create spaces for them to take advantage of. We have to have the ability and consistency to hold on.

“We believe they’ll want to sew it up within the first few minutes. It’s important to ride out the initial wave and our moment will come. Then we have to ensure balance and consistency. We go in with this ambition and the belief that it’s possible.”

Michael Jones13 April 2022 18:27

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Both teams played a match in their respective domestic leagues in between these two Champions League legs. Liverpool traveled to the Etihad and earned a point in a close-fought contest with Manchester City that eventually finished 2-2, leaving the Reds a point behind the Premier League leaders in the race for the title.

In the Primeira Liga, Benfica got back to winning ways with Darwin Nunez bagging a hat-trick during a 3-1 victory over Belenenses SAD. Can they bring that form to Anfield tonight?

Michael Jones13 April 2022 18:23


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