24 min: Again it may be two, Geeta slips Dias inside right, but Vlaschodimos mainly blocks. Liverpool can be said frankly, with the exception of several classes here.
23 min: Everton found plenty of space down the left by a Nunez flick, and his finish on the side net was a disappointment at the end.
22 min: Now Sala teases towards Mane, but at the right time Odemondi is there.
21 min: It really has the vibes of “killing a tie tonight”.
19 min: It should be two, mane dinging across the left line. Keita threw his head completely, and when it was at his mercy, sent it to the ground.
Yes, it is inevitable, you see? Robertson swings to a corner from the left, and Connaught is very aggressive towards Benfica, jumping between two figures and pushing a solid downward header into the corner. He scored the first goal for Liverpool!
15 min: Gita’s shot was blocked before the deflected Diego shot. It’s hard not to score for Liverpool here.
14 min: “Sure, Clive has knocked out three-year-old former Premier League players before Liverpool’s dynamic front? Benfica’s real threat comes from the crowd, the information and the dark arts. Says Ian Cobstack.
12 min: Both Quetta and Alexander-Arnold are now experimenting with Vlaschodimos in succession. Faced with Nunez, he wants a free-kick on the edge of the box, but does nothing to anger the crowd.
10 min: Now Salah has reached a magnificent mane backheel, but Vlaschodimos blocks in his nearest post. Benfica tackles the corner but does not seem very promising behind.
8 min: Salah gets * almost * at the end of the Diaz ball which avoids Mane. The ball weighs a little less and it has a clear chance.
6 min: Now Nunez passes for Benfica, though in fact no one is at the end of it, caught late by Alexander-Arnold Everton.
4 min: Quito, from a decent position, was crucified by Robertson. Got a place for Liverpool.
3 min: Luis Diaz, a former Porto player, gets some lustful opening shouts. Liverpool started briskly … but then the Connaught had to be sharp to prevent an ambitious Rafa Silva from exploding.
Liverpool are yellow and Benfica are red. Klopp’s men are kicking us and shooting us from left to right!
Now the teams line up for the Champions League anthem strains! This is a belting environment as you would expect.
An eagle flies around the stadium, which looks like Selhurst Park. Let’s see the teams coming out soon. Fabinho, Keita and Diego didn’t start a game together, it changes.
“There’s a player in Benfica called Rafa, but I think it was ignored.” Stephen Carr mentions.
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Richard Hirst with another Canyon Benfica lineup: “It’s always going to be exciting when Liverpool play at Everton, so tonight should be good.”
I mean, let’s believe.
Six changes from victory over Watford to Liverpool. What depth can the globe call now. Do you recognize some of those Benfica names? You have to do it – the lies of Vertonghen, Otamendi and, yes, Adel Taarabt are all favorites in the Premier League, in some sense anyway.
Here is Will with director Anwin Benfica – and Liverpool Nemesis – Simao is delicious:
Benfica: Vlachodimos, Gilberto, Grimaldo, Vertonghen, Everton, Darwin, Rafa, Weigl, Otamendi, Taarabt, Gonçalo Ramos. Supplements: Heldon, Maid, Seferovic, Yaremsuk, Gonsalves, Jono Mario, Lazaro, Radonjic, Dias, Almada, Bernardo, Morado
Liverpool: Allison, Alexander-Arnold, Connaught, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Diego, Geeta, Salah, Mane, Diaz. Supplements: Kelleher, Milner, Firmino, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Minamino, Jotta, Simigas, Mattip, Elliott.
Quarter final night! You understand that Liverpool will gladly try and end it right there. Of course they could have had worse draws than the Benfica team – with a 15 point lead – certainly without the brilliance of Portugal of the past.
But the Portuguese side are respectable – they beat and beat a decent Ajax team again in the 16th round, at which point, they beat a bad Barcelona in the group stage. Bayern Munich beat them 4–0 at the Estadio da Luz, however, as Liverpool could not realize they could manage some if they played early tonight.
Otherwise, it may well be tight, and it is worth remembering that in all the Imperius form of the Jர்கrgen Klopp men they have recently tended to get one of two. The only defeat they have suffered since December 28 was their last in the Champions League, with Inter Milan unable to completely reverse their first leg damage. This, on paper, should be a very straightforward affair – but it is more than a hint of glamor and Benfica will cause problems if they get the chance.
Let’s see if they do. Join us!