Liverpool 3-3 Benfica (agg 6-4): Jurgen Klopp’s side book Champions League semi-final date with Villarreal

Liverpool booked their spot in the final four of the Champions League and a clash with Villarreal after seeing the job through with a 3-3 draw with Benfica (6-4 agg).

Ibrahima Konate and a Roberto Firmino double did the damage for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they repelled a brief threat of a Benfica comeback when Goncalo Ramos netted in the first half.

Roman Yaremchuk and the impressive Darwin Nunez scored two consolation goals for the visitors to level the game on the night but overall this was a routine evening for Klopp’s side, who decided to rest Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson and Mohamed Salah from the start in a rotated team from the 2-2 draw with Manchester City on Sunday.


Player ratings

Liverpool: Alisson (8), Gomez (7), Matip (7), Konate (7), Tsimikas (8), Keita (7), Milner (6), Henderson (6), Jota (7), Firmino (8), Diaz (7)

Subs: Salah (7), Mane (6), Thiago (6)

Benfica:Vlachodimos (6), Gilberto (7), Otamendi (6), Vertonghen (6), Grimaldo (7), Everton (7), Weigl (7), Taarabt (7), Diogo Goncalves (6), Goncalo Ramos (7), Nunez (8)

Subs:Joao Mario (7), Yaremchuk (7)

Man of the match: Darwin Núñez

Liverpool had been victorious on aggregate in all 35 of the UEFA competition ties in which they won the away first leg and had few moments of worry at Anfield, holding a 3-1 lead from the first leg.Just like the first leg, it was a set-piece that opened the scoring for Klopp‘s side and once again it was Konate. Kostas Tsimikas whipped the corner in from the left and the centre-back sprung between three Benfica defenders to head into the bottom corner.

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Liverpool players celebrate Ibrahima Konate's opener at Anfield

Liverpool’s risk-reward offside trap that usually catches plenty of prey was breached on 32 minutes when James Milner’s deflected block sent through Ramos, who finished confidently into the far corner.

Any hope of an unlikely comeback at Anfield required Benfica to grab the next goal but Liverpool put their foot down in the second half. Their second goal arrived in comical fashion when goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos blotted his copybook with an unforced error to allow the ball to slip out of his grasp and a rushed Jan Vertonghen clearance allowed Diogo Jota to cross for Firmino to tap in.


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Title: Liverpool 3-3 Benfica (agg 6-4): Jurgen Klopp’s side book Champions League semi-final date with Villarreal
Sourced From: www.skysports.com/football/liverpool-vs-benfica/report/463256
Published Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2022 21:59:00 BST

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