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Benfica vs Liverpool
UEFA Champions League
Date: Tuesday, 5th April 2022.
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estádio da Luz (Lisbon).

When Liverpool takes on Benfica on Tuesday, they will be hoping to move closer to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

The quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the 2021/22 season kick off this week.

On Tuesday night, the action begins with two simultaneous matches, one of which will pit Benfica against Liverpool in the first leg at Estadio da Luz.

Benfica has been the UEFA Champions League’s surprise package in 2021/22.

The Eagles eliminated Barcelona from the group stage by placing second behind Bayern Munich, then advancing to the Round of 16 by defeating an in-form Ajax.

Liverpool, on the other hand, qualified for the knockout stages by winning Group B ahead of Atletico Madrid.

The Reds then defeated Inter Milan in the Last 16 to go to the quarter-finals, where they will face Benfica.

Benfica’s recent form has been both alarming and encouraging.

Since February 3, the Portuguese giants have only lost one of their last ten games.

But that defeat occurred in their most recent match, when they were defeated 3-2 by SC Braga, putting their preparations for the match with Liverpool in jeopardy.

Liverpool, on the other hand, has only lost one game in 2022 and is now on an 11-match winning streak in the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp’s side’s lone defeat came in their most recent Champions League match, when they lost 1-0 to Inter Milan.

The last time Liverpool and Benfica met, Liverpool won 4-1.

The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals first leg tie ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides.

Benfica vs Liverpool Head to head :

  • Liverpool is leading the overall head-to-head against Benfica with 6 wins, though they lost the remaining 4.
  • They last met at the 2009/10 Europa League quarter finals, a thriller indeed as Liverpool overcome a 1-2 defeat at Lisbon with a 4-1 thrashing at Anfield.
  • Benfica’s overall home record against English Premier League sides is a moderate 7 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses from 18 duels.
  • Meanwhile, Liverpool managed to win 5 and drew 3 of their 12 away games against Portuguese clubs while suffering defeats in four.

Benfica vs Liverpool Prediction :

On Tuesday, the game will most likely be played in one direction, with Liverpool anticipated to dominate possession.

The visitors will be straightforward in their approach, with Benfica averaging 40% possession in the UEFA Champions League this season (the lowest of the eight remaining teams).

However, this should not detract from Jurgen Klopp’s game plan, as the Reds should win despite having to slog it out, continuing their current lopsided scoring record in encounters involving Portuguese and English teams.

The Hard Tackle predicts Liverpool to win 2-0, though it will be interesting to see if Mohamed Salah can reclaim his form on Tuesday.

Benfica vs Liverpool Team News :

Benfica’s injury situation has been relatively steady in recent weeks, and Verissimo was able to welcome Haris Seferovic back as a substitute in Friday night’s loss to Braga.

Rodrigo Pinho, a fellow striker, is still out, as is Lucas Verissimo, who is out for the season due to a ruptured cruciate ligament.

Adel Taarabt, who missed the Braga match owing to an adductor problem, has recently returned to training and appears to be fit for this match.

Nicolas Otamendi and Jan Vertonghen are preparing for their return to Anfield, and Nunez will almost certainly replace Goncalo Ramos in the starting XI.

Despite Klopp’s initial claim that Trent Alexander-hamstring Arnold’s injury would take “weeks” to heal, the right-back was on the bench against Watford and could be fit for his return at the Estadio da Luz.

Despite minor ankle and head knocks, Curtis Jones and Joel Matip are expected to be passed fit, while Naby Keita is set to make his comeback from a knee injury as Klopp selects from a completely healthy team this week.

On Saturday, Mohamed Salah had a difficult time against Hassane Kamara, and with Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz providing fresher options off the bench, Klopp faces a major dilemma in the final third this week.

Benfica possible starting lineup:

Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo; Silva, Mario, Weigl, Everton; Nunez, Yaremchuk

Liverpool possible starting lineup:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Jota, Mane, Diaz