Liverpool host Benfica in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League 2021-22 quarter-final at Anfield in the early hours of Thursday, April 14. The match will kick off at 12:30 AM IST.
Jurgen Klopp’s men head into Thursday's fixture with a great advantage, having already beaten the Primeira Liga giants 3-1 in the first leg.
Liverpool have a fully-fit squad to work with, meaning that the likes of Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah will all retain their places for the second leg tie.
Similarly, Benfica also have a majority of their first-team regulars available for the fixture. On top of that, veteran defender Jan Vertonghen will be available for selection and the former Tottenham man is most likely to line up alongside Nicolas Otamendi at the back.
Liverpool vs Benfica odds for UEFA Champions League 2021-22
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Liverpool vs Benfica recent form
Liverpool are coming on the back of a 2-2 away draw against Manchester City in the Premier League. Before that, the team won each of their last five games across all competitions.
Benfica, on the other hand, have lost two of their last three matches including their first leg home defeat.
Liverpool: D, W, W, W, W
Benfica: W, L, L, W, W
Liverpool vs Benfica head-to-head
Since their first-ever meeting in March 1978, Liverpool and Benfica have played a total of 11 matches, with the Reds winning seven while Befinca have managed four victories. None of their 11 matches have been drawn.
Between 2006 to 2010, the two teams squared off on as many as four occasions. During this time, Benfica defeated Liverpool three times. Their last two meetings, however, have ended in Liverpool’s favour.
Liverpool vs Benfica tips and prediction for UEFA Champions League 2021-22
Since January 2022, Liverpool have lost just one home match across all competitions which justifies why odds are in their favour. As for Benfica, their form away from home has been a little shaky, with the team managing only two victories in their last 12 away matches in the competition.
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