It is the start of a chaotic month for Jurgen Klopp and his players, but the Reds will be looking to add to their routine win against Watford with another, as they travel to Lisbon for the first leg of the Champions League Quarter Finals.
Liverpool have reduced a fourteen-point gap to one behind Premier League Champions Manchester City and are looking for more cup success as they face Pep Guardiola’s side in the Emirates FA Cup semi-final in the hope of adding to their Carabao Cup triumph earlier this campaign.
Klopp on Benfica
The Liverpool manager is aware of Benfica’s qualities and acknowledges his team has to be at their best to ensure a semi final place.
He said: “It's a football-playing side, they have odd positions, high full-backs, stuff like this as well. We have high full-backs as well in moments but it just shows they are ready to take a risk, [it] means when they are in possession they open up the formation.
“It's a mix of these technical players, of speed, and good organisation, I have to say, and that's what makes them dangerous.”
Klopp has confirmed that Liverpool will have a fully-fit squad available for their clash with Benfica on Tuesday night.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was only fit enough for the bench on Saturday, but the Liverpool boss will be hopefully he is ready from the first whistle on Tuesday night.
“Yes, a full squad is available,” said Klopp.
Benfica have enjoyed success against Liverpool in previous fixtures having won four of their last five meetings, despite a home win in 2010 was shut down by a 4-1 defeat at Anfield, sending them crashing out of the Europa League.
Liverpool have enjoyed an impressive start to 2022. Winning seventeen of their last eighteen encounters and only losing to Inter Milan, justifying why they’re worthy of their quadruple hopes.
As for Benfica, they suffered their first defeat since early February last weekend as they fell short to Sporting Braga.
The Portuguese side currently sit third in the Primeira Liga yet considerably behind Sporting and FC Porto.
One to watch