Liverpool will look to hold their nerve in the second leg of Champions League quarter-final tie against Benfica Liverpool here on Kilamiti.
It was a comprehensive showing from Liverpool in Lisbon last week as Jurgen Klopp’s men ran out 3-1 victors at the Estadio da Luz against Benfica, giving themselves a two-goal cushion heading back to Anfield. Klopp will now be hoping to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the third time in his tenure.
The Reds were in cruise control during the first half in the Portuguese capital, and they duly capitalised on their dominance, netting twice through Ibrahima Konate and a well-wrought Sadio Mane second. Darwin Nunez reduced the deficit shortly after the restart, but Luis Diaz restored Liverpool’s advantage at the death.
Merseyside now prepares itself for the visit of the Portuguese giants, with Nelson Verissimo needing a monumental effort from his players if Benfica are to turn this game around, but they have previous in that department. Only two clubs have ever won by more than one goal away to Liverpool in the knockout stages of the Champions League. One of those was Benfica in 2008/09.