Liverpool booked their move to the Champions League semi-finals this season after drawing 3-3 at Anfield tonight and winning 6-4 on aggregate over Portuguese giants Benfica.
The result now puts Jurgen Klopp against Villarreal giants Unai Emery after they knocked La Liga side Bayern Munich out of the tournament last night with a 2-1 aggregate win.
Roberto Firmino has now scored as many goals in the Champions League (20) as Fernando Torres.
Verneau. #UCL pic.twitter.com/EBPc2I8CPk
– Squawka (Squawka) April 13, 2022
Brazilian international striker Roberto Firmino scored a brace for the Reds against the visiting team on the night that propelled him up the goal list to become the fourth Liverpool player to score at least 20 goals this season in all competitions, and despite Benfica’s exit with. High-score draw on a night when Klopp rested a cadre of first-choice XI options, and Liverpool are still looking for another quartet of the season, but will still be exhausted from facing an Emery side who have already proven their ability in cup competitions. Under the Spanish school principal.
Liverpool player ratings
Alison (5.5) Hardly the best day for a Brazilian international. Made a bunch of balls but nothing special.
Joe Gomez (7) – It was a very strong outing for Gomez who was representing Trent Alexander-Arnold that night. Good things from a player who plays as a central defender.
Ibrahima Konate (7.5) He scored against Benfica on both legs for Liverpool and was generally good all along. It grows like red this season.
Joel Matip (6) Not the best of him tonight and he certainly looks more confident when published alongside Virgil van Dijk.
Costas Tsimikas (8.5) Two passes tonight from the Greece international who performs overall when requested by Jurgen Klopp and the credit goes to his depth to the squad.
James Milner (6) – Well in general. No more, no less.
Naby Keita (6) Similar to Milner, Naby Keita has had a good outing but is still largely inconsistent overall in his performance levels.
Jordan Henderson (6.5) It wasn’t the best things about him but he was still fit and his benefit in multiple stages of play came often.
Diogo Jota (7) – He got help and had some strong moments where he looked like a threat as usual.
Luis Diaz (7) He didn’t directly contribute to any of the goals on the night but his work rate and ability to impact the game without a goal or assist is an asset to him.
Roberto Firmino (8) A brace for the Brazilian who remains one of the key players under Jurgen Klopp, although he is not always the first choice at this stage.
Alternate in 57 minutes: Mohamed Salah (6) A night off for Salah from the eleventh and did not do enough to earn a higher rating after his submission.
Alternate in 58 minutes: Fabinho (6) – He gave almost thirty minutes at night but it was not his normal presence.
Alternate in 58 minutes: Thiago (6) Similar performance to Fabinho. He was fine with what he gave him.
Alternate in 66 minutes: Sadio Mane (6) A lot less influential than who came for (Diaz) but a night out on the bench wasn’t a problem overall.
Alternative in 90 minutes: Divock Origi (not available) – He came in injury time and had nothing to offer through no fault of his own.
Benfica player ratings
Odyssey Flashodemus (5) – Bad outing from the Greek international who was directly responsible for Roberto Firmino’s first goal that night.
Gilberto (6.5) – It was a walk halfway through for Gilberto who will likely leave Anfield relatively confident.
Nicholas Otamendi (7) – The veteran center back clocked a little bit and put in a great performance in center back.
Jan Vertonghen (5.5) – The key central defender role he excelled in has been at Tottenham for years. It simply should have been much better.
Alejandro Grimaldo (7) – A strong showing from a player who continues to produce from the left-back position. Help was due added.
Adel Taarabt (6) – I tried to get involved and got glimpses of his ability which was showing up at times in the Premier League but just so well in general.
Julian Weigl (6.5) – He showed the same calm on the ball and drive and control that he showed in Dortmund. It was fine.
Diogo Gonçalves (6) He scored a vital goal for Benfica in the first leg but was unable to replicate his previous performance on a normal evening.
Gonzalo Ramos (7) – A goal that was generally well deserved. One of Benfica’s best players that night.
Everton (6.5) – Peppy and a nuisance as usual but unfortunately couldn’t deliver more than that.
Darwin Nunez (7.5) – Score a goal and show during the proceedings why it is one of the most sought-after commodities in Europe at the moment.
Alternative in 45 minutes: Roman Yarmashuk (7) – A goal off the bench from the Ukraine international and was generally a good presence in the heart of the attack channel.
Alternate in 66 minutes: Joao Mario (6.5) – Better than the man Replace (Taarabt) in general with an estimate that reflects that. Maybe it should have started.
Alternate in 78 minutes: Paolo Bernardo (6) – Vibrant off the bench but it’s always difficult to take on Liverpool at Anfield and make a real impact.
Alternative in 90 minutes: Jill Dias (Not Available) – In injury time and with little chance of making anything noticeable at night.
Alternative in 90 minutes: Andre Almeida (unavailable) – Same fate as Dias mentioned above. Simply cannot get an evaluation.
What the managers said
🗣 “Villarreal has probably the most successful cup manager in world football so he knows what he’s doing.”
Jurgen Klopp on Villarreal vs #UCL The semi-finals. pic.twitter.com/mxWuXA03zY
– Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 13, 2022
🎙 “Eu acho que todos os Benfiquistas se têm que orgulhar da campanha que o Benfica fez na Champions.”
Nélson Veríssimo with pronouncements in the eleventh | Tweet embed # Eleven_heroes pic.twitter.com/nS6q4JCDtG
– ELEVEN Portugal (@ElevenSports_PT) April 13, 2022
what you missed
Darwin Nunez is the first player to score six goals for Benfica in one match #UCL Campaign:
⚽️⚽️ against Barcelona
⚽️⚽️ vs Liverpool
⚽️ vs Bayern Munich
⚽️ vs Ajax
European kings only. 👑 pic.twitter.com/9NDWisgcHb
– Squawka (Squawka) April 13, 2022
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