10 sensational stats from Liverpool’s impressive 3-1 win away to Benfica

Liverpool have taken a big step towards the Champions League semi-finals after an impressive 3-1 win against Benfica.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have a formidable record at Anfield and are confident of completing the job in the second leg next week.

Their momentum doesn’t seem to atrophy ahead of Sunday’s potential Premier League title decider against league leaders Manchester City with yet another win to extend their incredible run into 2022.

The quadruple dream lives on, and Klopp’s side are still strong on all three fronts after already securing the League Cup.

Benfica had a hard time dealing with the intensity of the visitors in the early stages. Ibrahima Konate opened the scoring with a stunning header in the 17th minute, and Sadio Mane doubled Liverpool’s lead in the 34th minute after Luis Diaz headed in a sensational cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool were punished for failing to take advantage of their chances to end the tie, as the Portuguese side came out with renewed strength at half-time, scoring through Uruguayan striker Darwin Núñez in the 49th minute.

The hosts made the second half more competitive, but Liverpool regained their two-goal lead when Diaz put the finishing touch to a well-crafted move three minutes from regulation time.

“Coming here and winning an away game in the Champions League is difficult,” Klopp told BT Sport after the match.

“Benfica fought for their lives, we gave them a little more, but they also deserved the goal, although we could have defended better, they had counter-attacks, it is not easy to keep the ball all the time and the more risk you take, they have very good players.

“It was a tough game, what I expected, the public was there, we knew that 2-0 is nothing, nice but no more. They scored the goal and it was a lot more open than we wanted, but the goalkeeper was probably the better player and made a couple of really good saves – we’re up two goals, at half time, let’s keep going.”

Here are 10 of the most impressive stats and records from Liverpool’s win in Lisbon:

– Liverpool have not conceded a goal in the first half of their last 19 games. That sets a new club record, through james pearce.

– No player has scored more Champions League Round of 16 goals than Sadio Mane since the 2017-18 season. The Senegal international has scored 13 in the round of 16 in that time, leveling him level with Cristiano Ronaldo.

– Ibrahima Konate became Liverpool’s 20th different goalscorer in all competitions this season. No Premier League team has more different goalscorers this season.

– The result did not flatter Liverpool. They created 3.32xG compared to 0.98xG for Benfica.

– Klopp remains undefeated in his seven Champions League games as manager against Portuguese teams (won six, drew one, lost none).

– Liverpool have now won their last eight away games in all competitions. That is the best streak in the history of the club (via @OptaJoe). Etihad below.

– Konate and Virgil van Dijk each completed 85 passes. That’s more than double the amount of any of the hosts’ players, excluding Jan Vertonghen (47 passes).

– Luis Díaz recorded a goal, an assist, four shots, two on goal, three dribbles, the three aerial challenges he played, and 35 accurate passes (92% accuracy).

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