Tonight’s Champions League quarter-final match sees Liverpool travel to Benfica.
The Merseyside team won both legs on the previous two occasions they met at this stage and lifted the trophy.
Emlyn Hughes, Jimmy Case, and Jimmy Case were the catalysts for the Reds’ victory over Brugge at Wembley in 1978. A 5-1 aggregate win secured their passage to Rome four years later.
Jurgen Klopp, who has won the Champions League with Liverpool, is still on track for a quadruple after defeating Inter Milan in round one. He also beat Watford in round two.
They won the Carabao Cup in Feb and will be meeting Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley.
Benfica shocked Ajax in 16th, but they are third in Primeira Liga, and they are far from the pace for that title fight.
Stats for the team
In matches involving Liverpool, both teams have scored in 19 matches of 48. This includes four in eight Champions League matches. For Benfica, it is 27 matches from 47 and three in Europe. Both teams will score 10/11.
The Reds have won 28 matches with at least three goals, including four in the Champions League. Benfica has finished the same way 27 times in all competitions. They have also been successful in five Champions League matches. A team with more than 2.5 goals is called 4/7.
News from Benfica vs Liverpool
Haris Seferovic was back in the Benfica squad to face Braga’s defeat, although Adel Taarabt remains doubtful. Rodrigo Pinho and Lucas Verissimo are out.
After his rehabilitation from a hamstring injury, Klopp was able to leave Trent Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool on Saturday. After international duty, Sadio Mane was also saved and Luis Diaz was also kept out of the lineup.
Naby Keita, who is back in training after a knee injury, could be all three of them in Lisbon. Joel Matip and Curtis Jones have also recovered from knocks against Watford.
This will be the 11th encounter between these two sides, with Liverpool winning six of the eight matches against Benfica and losing four. These two sides last met in 2010, when Liverpool won 5-3 aggregately during the Europa League knockout stage.
Benfica will have faced Liverpool 10 times, more than any other Portuguese team except Porto. They have lost seven of their 10 matches against the Reds and drawn three. Only Benfica has beaten Liverpool more times than any other Portuguese side, while Vitoria Setubal and SC Braga both have wins against the Merseyside team.
Pay attention to the players
Sadio Mane and Mo Salah have combined to score 62 goals in all competitions. Salah is third on the Champions League list with Karim Benzema. The Egyptian has scored six goals in Europe away from home, more than any other player in the competition.
Liverpool will have to be concerned about Darwin Nunez in their European match. He has been linked to Arsenal, Man United, and Brighton & Hove Albion. In 34 appearances, Nunez has scored 27 goals and three assists, including four in eight Champions League matches.
Benfica vs Liverpool prediction
Despite not performing well at Inter Milan, the Reds were able to win the away leg in the last-16. They face Benfica, who is more than happy for an upset.
Nevertheless, betting against Liverpool is not the smartest of endeavors.