Liverpool to play Benfica in Champions League quarter-finals

Liverpool will play Portuguese side Benfica in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with Jurgen Klopp‘s side away for the first leg on April 5.

The Reds will take on The Eagles in the last eight of this season’s tournament, having so far overcome Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Porto and Inter Milan.

With Benfica drawn at home for the first leg, Liverpool will therefore have the Anfield advantage for a decisive second leg on April 13.

It marks the fourth time Liverpool have been in the quarter-finals under Klopp, and this season they are seeking a seventh trophy as they remain on course for a historic quadruple.

The draw was held in Nyon on Friday morning, with Chelsea, Man City, Bayern Munich, Atletico, Real Madrid and Villarreal also involved.

Benfica reached the quarter-finals with a 3-2 aggregate win over Ajax.

Full Champions League quarter-final draw

NYON, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 18: The result of the draw is displayed on the screen during the UEFA Champions League 2021/22 Quarter-finals and Semi-finals Draws at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on March 18, 2022, in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Pierre Albouy - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Chelsea vs. Real Madrid
Man City vs. Atletico Madrid
Villarreal vs. Bayern Munich
Benfica vs. LIVERPOOL

Full Champions League semi-final draw

Liverpool will avoid English clubs in the semi-finals too if they progress, with a potential Chelsea vs. Man City fixture. The Reds would face the winner of Bayern Munich vs. Villarreal.

Man City/Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea/Real Madrid
Benfica/LIVERPOOL VS. Villarreal/Bayern Munich

* Liverpool would be at home for the first leg of the semi-final on April 26/27, with the second leg away from home on May 3/4.

Last time vs. Benfica

LISBON, PORTUGAL - Thursday, April 1, 2010: Liverpool players line-up for a team group photograph before the UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match against Sport Lisboa e Benfica at the Estadio da Luz. Back row L-R: Lucas Leiva, Emiliano Insua, Dirk Kuyt, Daniel Agger, goalkeeper Pepe Reina, Fernando Torres. Front row L-R: Jamie Carragher, captain Steven Gerrard MBE, Glen Johnson, Ryan Babel, Javier Mascherano. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The last time Liverpool faced Benfica was in the Europa League quarter-final in Rafa Benitez’s final season in charge in 2009/10, which the Reds won 5-3 on aggregate.

Fernando Torres scored twice in the second leg at Anfield for a 4-1 win, after a 2-1 defeat in Lisbon in the first leg.

About Benfica

Benfica are one of Portugal’s elite clubs, winning the league title for four consecutive seasons from 2014 to 2017, and again in 2019. Last season’s third-place finish was their lowest finish since 2009.

They’ve been managed by Nelson Verissimo since last December, and play at the impressive 64,642-capacity Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.

Their top-goalscorer this season is the very highly-rated Darwin Nunez, with 26 goals in 33 appearances.

The Uruguayan has been linked with a host of Premier League, including Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea and Man United.