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Liverpool vs. Benfica live score, updates, highlights & lineups from Champions League quarter-final

Liverpool host Benfica with an eye on a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League, as they welcome the Portuguese side to Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were in control for the first half in Lisbon during the first leg of the quarter-final, with goals from Ibrahima Konate and Sadio Mane no less than they deserved. Benfica made life uncomfortable for the visitors when Darwin Nunez halved the deficit after the break, and the home team even looked like levelling the tie at times, but Luis Diaz’s goal late on restored Liverpool’s two-goal cushion and put them in the driving seat.

This game is sandwiched in between Liverpool’s two matches against Manchester City. An eye-catching 2-2 draw last weekend kept things tight at the top of the Premier League, while the sides face off at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. With the Merseyside outfit competing on multiple fronts, Klopp will have to be careful with just how much he shuffles his pack.

Benfica have no such worries. Nelson Verissimo’s side are way off the pace in the league and were knocked out of both domestic cups by Porto and Sporting CP, meaning they have little left to play for other than going as far in Europe as they can. A trip to Sporting on Sunday beckons, but it remains to be seen what effect that will have on team selection, if any.

With Bayern Munich unceremoniously dumped out of the competition by Villarreal, the Spanish side are all that sits between the winner of this tie and a place in the Champions League final. Benfica face a tough task but, for Liverpool, European honours once again look like a realistic possibility.

Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates, commentary.

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Liverpool vs. Benfica live score

  1H 2H Final
Liverpool  0
Benfica 0

Liverpool vs. Benfica live updates, highlights from Champions League

19th min: Liverpool win a free kick on the left. It comes to nothing, but it looks like Liverpool are targetting that side. Gilberto has certainly had a lot to deal with so far, while Luis Diaz hasn’t seen much of the ball on the right.

16th min: Jota wants a penalty, but he’s never getting that. Gilberto and Otamendi go up for a long ball, the centre back for some reason rushing out of the defensive line, and neither of them winning it. It falls to Jota who plays a 1-2 with Firmino, but Vlachodimos is out to the pass first. Jota goes down, but the referee isn’t giving. The ‘keeper is still down, having taken a whack from Jota in the process.

13th min: Darwin uses his pace to get round Matip, but can’t pick someone out from the byline. Milner wastes a Liverpool free kick and Benfica counter. It ends up with Everton in the right half space, just outside the area. He has time to line up his shot and he hits it towards the far post. It curls just wide, but it’s a warning for Liverpool.

9th min: Liverpool have had a couple of good moments, mainly coming from Jota making a nuisance of himself in Benfica’s third, and the away side failing to get the ball clear when he does so. Liverpool haven’t made them pay just yet, but any sloppiness at the back will surely be punished.

7th min: Benfica’s full back have been pushing up the pitch at every opportunity. With Gomez and Tsimikas deputising for Alexander-Arnold and Robertson, the visitors may look to target the wide areas.

4th min: It’s been a good start so far, Benfica playing with purpose but Liverpool not overly troubled.

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1st min: Here we go!

1 min from kickoff: The teams are lining up for the kickoff at a noisy Anfield.

30 mins from kickoff: The away fans are clearly looking to enjoy themselves tonight, win or lose. Anfield is still filling up in the early evening sun.

40 mins from kickoff: Starting Milner rather than one of Liverpool’s young midfield starlets may raise a few eyebrows, but Klopp will be counting on the veteran’s experience to see this game out without any major surprises.

45 mins from kickoff: The visitors have arrived at Anfield, and the clock is counting down till kickoff.

60 mins from kickoff: The Benfica team is as strong as expected, with the visitors having nothing to lose in the tie.

79 mins from kickoff: The team news is in for the hosts, with a few changes to the team.

80 mins from kickoff: If the visitors are to pull off an unlikely comeback tonight, this man will be key for them up front.

180 mins from kickoff: We’re here with live updates of every single moment as the Reds look to advance to the semi-final.

Liverpool vs. Benfica lineups

Klopp doesn’t have too many injury problems, but he’s had to find a balance in his team selection. Roberto Firmino and Luis Diaz both start, with Liverpool facing a busy month, while both full backs are rested, as is Van Dijk.

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Liverpool lineup (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — Gomez, Matip, Konate, Tsimikas — Henderson, Keita, Milner — Jota, Firmino, Diaz

Liverpool subs (12): Kelleher, Fabinho, Van Dijk, Thiago, Mane, Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Roberson, Origi, Alexander-Arnold, Elliott

As he was in the first leg, Darwin Nunez is likely to be the key man for the visitors, with the forward netting an impressive hat-trick at the weekend. The big miss is Rafa Silva, with the creative attacker out with injury.

Benfica lineup (4-5-1): Vlachodimos (GK) — Gilberto, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo — Gonçalves, Weigl, Ramos, Taarabt, Everton — Nunez

Benfica subs (12): Helton, Valentino, Morato, Pedro Álvaro, André Almeida, Meïte, Paulo Bernardo, João Mário, Nemanja, Gil Dias, Seferovic, Yaremchuk

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How to watch Liverpool vs. Benfica

  UK USA Canada Australia
Date April 13 April 13 April 13 April 14
Time 8 p.m. 3 p.m. ET 3 p.m. ET 5 a.m. AET
TV channel BT Sport 3
Streaming BT Sport Paramount+ DAZN Stan Sport

In the US, Spanish-language coverage of the Champions League is available on fuboTV, which also offers a free trial to new subscribers.

In Canada, every Champions League game streams live on DAZN. 

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