Liverpool welcome Benfica to Anfield on Wednesday night as both teams look to grind out a good result in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg decider. The Reds managed to draw 2-2 with Manchester City in the Premier League last weekend. On the contrary, Benfica secured a 3-1 victory over B-sad with six players rested ahead of the return leg clash. The Portuguese team must pull off a miracle to deprive Liverpool of a place in the semifinals coming off a 3-1 defeat in the first leg.
Liverpool vs Benfica: Talking Tactics
Jurgen Klopp will set his team up in a 4-3-3 formation and will instruct his men to dominate the game, and create enough chances in the final third.
Nélson Veríssimo will opt for a 4-2-3-1 formation and could ask his players to sit deep, and defend well before trying to catch the Liverpool defenders off-guard on the counter to create opportunities for the men up front.
Jurgen Klopp could rotate his line-up in between two key showdowns against Manchester City, with no injury concerns reported for the Reds ahead of the game.
Liverpool Predicted XI
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keita; Mane, Firmino. Salah
Lucas Verissimo and Rodrigo Pinho are missing for Benfica. Adel Taarabt will be up for selection having returned after recovering from an injury.
Benfica Predicted XI
Vlachodimos; Gilberto, Vertonghen, Otamendi, Grimaldo; Silva, Weigl, Taarabt, Everton; Ramos, Nunez
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will be expected to cause lots of problems in the wide areas of the opposition half. Both Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold will have to perform better on the defensive end to secure a clean sheet.
Darwin Nunez will carry most of the goal-scoring workload for Benfica up top. Both Jan Vertonghen and Nicolas Otamendi will need to be at the top of their game if the Portuguese team look to overthrow Liverpool.
Liverpool Vs Benfica: Streaming Links
|United Kingdom||BT Sport 3, talkSPORT Radio UK|
|USA||TUDN USA / Paramount+|
|India||Jio TV, Sony Liv|
|Italy||NOW TV, Sky Sport 253|
|Germany||Amazon Prime Video|
|New Zealand||Spark Sport|