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Liverpool predicted lineup vs Benfica - Champions League

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Liverpool should sail through
Liverpool should sail through / Gualter Fatia/GettyImages
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Liverpool host Benfica on Wednesday in the second leg of the pair's Champions League quarter-final tie.

With the Reds triumphing 3-1 in the return game last week, it will take a staggering comeback from the Portuguese side to prevent Jurgen Klopp's charges progressing.

With an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City to come on Saturday, here is the starting XI that the German seems most likely to turn to in midweek...


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Joe Gomez, Cucho Hernandez
Gomez should be handed a rare start / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Alisson (GK) - The Brazilian has not missed a single Champions League game this season and that will not be changing on Wednesday.

Joe Gomez (RB) - Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best right-back in the world but his recent injury struggles mean Klopp may take this opportunity to rest the England international

Virgil van Dijk (CB) - Van Dijk could probably do with a rest too, but it just isn't worth the risk.

Ibrahima Konate (CB) - Made a terrible mistake that led to Benfica pulling one back in the first leg but did also open the scoring. A net total of zero goals then.

Andy Robertson (LB) - His delivery from out wide has been a key weapon in Liverpool's arsenal for many years now.

2. Midfielders

Fabinho
Fabinho was not brilliant yesterday / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

Fabinho (CM) - Had a real stinker against Man City, which can happen to be fair.

Jordan Henderson (CM) - Also struggled at the weekend but his on-field leadership will be required to ensure the Reds' high standards do not slip.

Naby Keita (CM) - Will be eager to impress with a place at Wembley on Saturday seemingly up for grabs if he performs.

3. Forwards

Luis Diaz
Diaz enjoyed himself in Lisbon / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Mohamed Salah (RW) - Has been vital to Liverpool's Champions League success this season, netting eight goals.

Roberto Firmino (ST) - Below Diogo Jota in the pecking order these days but has managed three goals in five European games this term.

Luis Diaz (LW) - The former Porto man infuriated Benfica fans by scoring a late clincher in the first leg.


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