champions Klopp’s men saw how Benfica scored three goals against them
The has arrived well Liverpool at this end of the 2021-22 season, that Klopp allowed himself the luxury of sitting seven starting footballers in a Champions League quarter-final second leg. Van Dijk, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah and Man watched from the bench as their team qualified for the Champions League semi-finals in which they had not been in for two seasons, when they were champions against Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitan.
Against Benfica, and despite warnings from Klopp in the previous one, the match ended up being a show, but yes, lacking emotion about the result of the tie. The enormous difference in quality between the two squads and, above all, the efficiency and current form, soon closed any hint of a comeback for the visitors, a mere chimera if we stick to the fact that the Portuguese must win, at least, 0-2 at Anfield .
Klopp’s great concern in the previous one was that a scenario similar to that of the round of 16 against Inter could happen, where the Italians took the lead and even dreamed of taking the tie to extra time. But, as happened in Lisbon, Konat appeared to put the reds ahead when finishing off a corner kick where the visiting defense failed.
Despite the attempts lisboetas of putting Alisson in trouble through Everton With a long shot and a goal from Darwin Nez annulled by the VAR, the match was always up for the locals.
The only hint of a possible comeback, or at least dispute of the match, It was Gonalo Ramos’s goalwho got the ball at the edge of the area with some luck after a rebound and launched a powerful shot that hit the goal net.
In a season where new names are shining at Anfield like those of Diogo Jota and Luis Daz, Firmino has been the big loserseeing his hole displaced in the attacking zone by the Portuguese. However, against Benfica he started as a starter and the Brazilian responded to his confidence as he should: with goals.
The first, shortly after starting the second half, came after a chain failure of the defense of the eagles, who twice failed to clear a ball that was in their area and the second time taking advantage of an assist from Tsimikas.
The night ended up in trouble for Liverpool, with two goals from Benfica in the last 20 minutes, one from Yaremchuk and the other from Darwin Nez, both conceded by VAR, and which brought joy to a match that ended up seeing six goals.
those of Klopp meet with Villarreal in semifinals.