Benfica vs Liverpool Champions League quarter-final preview: Where to watch, line-ups predicted | UEFA Champions League
Benfica and Liverpool meet in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg on Tuesday, April 5.
Where to watch Benfica vs Liverpool on TV
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The Liverpool juggernaut arrive in Lisbon and many are predicting a fairly smooth run to the last four for a side that had won seven of seven before a tight last-16 loss at home to Inter; their efforts in the first leg were enough. Benfica were also second favorites against Ajax in the first knockout stage, and it didn’t end too badly thanks to the exciting Darwin Núñez. The question is whether they can absorb the same kind of pressure again.
Benfica: Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Weigl, Taarabt; Everton, Goncalo Ramos, Rafa Silva; Darwin Núñez (8th final second leg)
Missing the next game if booked: Grimaldo, João Mário, Otamendi, Gonçalo Ramos, Rafa Silva, Weigl, Yaremchuk
liverpool:Alisson; Alexandre-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara; Salah, Diogo Jota, Mané (8th final return)
Missing the next game if booked: Jota, Mané
Away goals rule abolished
There has been a rule change for 2021/22: the level of ties after the second leg will go to extra time and penalties if necessary, regardless of the number of away goals scored by a team.
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first): WWWW
where they stand: 3rd in the Portuguese Liga, vice-champion of the League Cup
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first): WWWLW
where they stand: 2nd in Premier League, FA Cup semi-finals, League Cup winners
View from the camps
Jürgen Klopp, liverpool coach“I know people will say we’re the favourites, but…we’ve been in the business too long now to make those kind of mistakes. I have a lot of respect for what they’re doing there, it’s a huge club. Obviously we have a bit of guys with Porto history in my coaching staff, so maybe there’s a little derby feeling.”
Luisão, manager of Benfica: “In 2006 we played Liverpool and they were starters, and we went through. Liverpool are a very strong team. They have top players in defense but where they are strongest is really the ‘attack.”
Benfica striker Gonçalo Ramos: “It will be a difficult mission against Liverpool. They are one of the best teams in the world. But we are here and that means we can eliminate any team.”
Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos“Liverpool are a great club, a historic club. I’m going to really enjoy playing at Anfield, but first I’m going to enjoy our game here with our fans behind us. We’re going to give it our all and see where it takes us.”
Where is the 2022 Champions League final?
The Stade de France in Saint-Denis will host the final on Saturday May 28 at 9:00 p.m. CET.
The winners secure a place in the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage if they did not qualify through their domestic competition.