Liverpool are on course for the Champions League semi-finals as they prepare to welcome Benfica at Anfield on Wednesday night encounter.

The Premier League giants lead the quarter-last tie 3-1 after goals from Ibrahima Konate, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz giving Jurgen Klopp a perfect night in Lisbon last week.

Benfica can hope for a similarly tricky night for Liverpool after Inter Milan gave from a comparable situation in the last round, prompting the Reds scratching through by a solitary goal.

What’s more, Benfica have proactively stunned Barcelona and Ajax in this year’s competition but the Reds something of a different proposition.

Klopp will be hoping to guide his side to their seventh European crown and the second under his tenure, after winning the tournament 2019 final against Tottenham in Spanish capital.

Team News

The German tactician have no injury concern ahead of the game but he will likely rotate his squad with a tougher test against Premier League rival Manchester City to come just a few days after.

Lucas Verissimo and Rodrigo Pinho are missing for Benfica after Brazilian pair failed fitness tests ahead of the first leg and they also worryingly missed the victory over Belenenses on Saturday.

Haris Seferovic has shaken off a knock to make the bench in Benfica’s last two games.

Head to Head

The second leg encounter at Anfield will be the 12 meeting with Liverpool having the advantage after seven victories, while the Premier Liga outfit have five win to their name.

Current Form

Liverpool has been in great form with five straight win and single draw from their last six matches in all competition, while Benfica are inconsisted form prior to this clash with three victories one draw and two defeat from the same number of fixtures.

Liverpool Possible Starting Lineups 
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Fabinho, Jones; Salah, Firmino, Diaz

Benfica Possible Starting Lineup:
Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Vertonghen, Otamendi, Grimaldo; Goncalves, Weigl, Taarabt, Everton; Ramos, Nunez

Betting Tips 

Our expert at MonieBet.com go for Liverpool straight win after wining eight of their last nine matches at Anfield, while backing over 3.5 goals is certainly a bold claim but there is enough in the stats to make us believe it’s a tip that carries serious value.

Benfica should be able to at least grab a goal after the Portuguese side have scored in each of their last 19 games, while Klopp men have conceded in four of their last eight at home, so we may well see goals at both ends.

Score Prediction

Liverpool 3-1 Benfica (Liverpool win 6-2 on aggregate)

 

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