Liverpool have only lost one of 12 home matches against Portuguese clubs, although that was a 2-0 win for Benfica in 2006. The Reds have won all 35 European ties when winning the first leg on the road. Benfica have lost 12 of 18 matches in England, winning just four. When losing the first leg at home, the Eagles have only advanced once in five attempts, producing a comeback against Dinamo Bucureşti in 1999.
After a handsome victory in Lisbon last Tuesday, Liverpool return home in the box seat to reach the Champions League semi-finals.
Eight nights ago, at Estádio da Luz, it was the visitors who struck first when Ibrahima Konaté headed home his first goal for the club.
Then came a magnificent second when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross-field pass was nodded down by Luis Díaz and tapped home by Sadio Mané.
Benfica were seemingly down and out but, just after half time, hope was restored with Rafa Silva’s cross converted by Darwin Núñez.
However, then came the potentially decisive moment of the tie.
With just three to play, Naby Keïta’s perfectly-weighted through-ball picked out Díaz who calmly rounded Odysseas Vlachodimos and scored.
3-1 it finished, securing Liverpool’s eighth successive away victory in all competitions, a new club-record.
Now, will the six-times European champions reach the semi-finals of this competition for the 12th time?
Since that victory in Portugal, Jürgen Klopp’s side have been involved in a top of the table clash in the Premier League.
On Sunday, the Reds came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Manchester City at the Etihad; Diogo Jota and Sadio Mané both equalising in a frenetic game.
This leaves them just one point below the Citizens with seven matches to go.
Those two meet again on Saturday in the FA Cup semi-finals and, with the Carabao Cup already in the bag, Liverpool are still one for a quadruple.
In UEFA competition under Klopp, they’ve either reached the final or lost to a Madrid-based side, winning the 2019 final in the Spanish capital.
With Atlético and Real both on the other side of the draw, they’ll be hoping that statistic remains true.
Benfica meanwhile are dreaming of their first semi-final appearance in this competition since 1990, falling at this stage on four occasions since then.
To get this far, as Águias have already beaten PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona and Ajax, so are looking to defeat another former European champion.
Domestically, Nélson Veríssimo’s side sit third in the Primeira Liga, despite Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Belenenses, in which Núñez scored a hat-trick.
Will Liverpool set up a semi-final showdown with Bayern Munich or Villarreal by seeing this one through at Anfield?
Liverpool team news
After this tie, Jürgen Klopp’s side face Manchester City at Wembley before taking on Manchester United at home; the big games just keep on coming.
At centre-back, Ibrahima Konaté has started four of the last five Champions League games, but has only made eight Premier League appearances all season.
So, he could return as Virgil van Dijk’s partner, giving Joël Matip a breather.
In midfield, Fabinho, Thiago and Jordan Henderson is the first-choice trio, demonstrated by the fact they started on Sunday.
But, it would be no surprise if Naby Keïta was rotated in; Curtis Jones and James Milner are also options.
Likewise, up front, Klopp has five players vying for three positions.
Luis Díaz and Roberto Firmino were the substitutes at the weekend with Mo Salah, Sadio Mané and Diogo Jota given the nod.
None of the 24 different attacking combinations would be a surprise.
Benfica team news
Darwin Núñez is Benfica’s main man, having scored five goals in three appearances since the international break, taking his tally to 31 for the season.
He and Gonçalo Ramos could continue to lead the line, chosen over Roman Yaremchuk and fit again Haris Seferović.
In support from wider positions will be Éverton and Rafa Silva.
Furtther back, former Queens Park Rangers man Adel Taarabt and Julian Weigl will be looking to dictate midfield.
Experienced centre-back duo of Nicolás Otamendi and Jan Vertonghen will continue at the heart of defence, with Lucas Veríssimo a long-term absentee.
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Southampton FC vs Liverpool FC - 1:2
Chelsea FC vs Liverpool FC - 0:0
Aston Villa vs Liverpool FC - 1:2
|Latest match form, last 5 games:||
FC Pacos Ferreira vs Benfica Lisbon - 0:2
Benfica Lisbon vs FC Porto - 0:1
Maritimo Madeira vs Benfica Lisbon - 0:1
Benfica Lisbon vs FC Famalicao - 0:0
Sporting Lisbon vs Benfica Lisbon - 0:2
|May 28, 2022||UEFA Champions League 21/22||Liverpool FC||0 - 1||Real Madrid|
|May 22, 2022||Premier League 21/22||Liverpool FC||3 - 1||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|May 17, 2022||Premier League 21/22||Southampton FC||1 - 2||Liverpool FC|
|May 14, 2022||FA Cup 21/22||Chelsea FC||0 - 0||Liverpool FC|
|May 10, 2022||Premier League 21/22||Aston Villa||1 - 2||Liverpool FC|
|May 13, 2022||Primeira Liga 21/22||FC Pacos Ferreira||0 - 2||Benfica Lisbon|
|May 7, 2022||Primeira Liga 21/22||Benfica Lisbon||0 - 1||FC Porto|
|April 30, 2022||Primeira Liga 21/22||Maritimo Madeira||0 - 1||Benfica Lisbon|
|April 23, 2022||Primeira Liga 21/22||Benfica Lisbon||0 - 0||FC Famalicao|
|April 17, 2022||Primeira Liga 21/22||Sporting Lisbon||0 - 2||Benfica Lisbon|
|Liverpool FC||Benfica Lisbon|
|84||Shots on goal||34|
|69||Shots off goal||27|
|51%||Average ball possession||26%|
|1||Shots on post||2|
|5||Shots on bar||1|
|22||Goals by foot||10|
|6||Goals by head||3|
|Liverpool FC||Benfica Lisbon|
|1.83||Average Goals Scored||1.67|
|April 13, 2022||UEFA Champions League 21/22||Liverpool FC||3 - 3||Benfica Lisbon|
|April 5, 2022||UEFA Champions League 21/22||Benfica Lisbon||1 - 3||Liverpool FC|
|April 8, 2010||UEFA Europa League 09/10||Liverpool FC||4 - 1||Benfica Lisbon|
|April 1, 2010||UEFA Europa League 09/10||Benfica Lisbon||2 - 1||Liverpool FC|
|March 8, 2006||Champions League 05/06||Liverpool FC||0 - 2||Benfica Lisbon|
Premier League table:
|5||Brighton & Hove Albion||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|19||West Ham United||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Primeira Liga table:
|5||Gil Vicente Barcelos||34||13||12||9||47||42||5||51|
|7||Santa Clara Azores||34||9||13||12||38||54||-16||40|
|11||FC Pacos Ferreira||34||9||11||14||29||44||-15||38|
What time is kick off between Liverpool FC vs Benfica Lisbon?
19:00, Wednesday 13 April 2022