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Liverpool’s quest for a seventh Champions League title continues with a quarter-final draw against Benfica.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds travel to Lisbon on Tuesday night to take on one of this season’s surprise packages in the first leg of their round of 16 tie.

Interim boss Nelson Verissimo hasn’t been able to salvage the Eagles’ title fight, but their impressive performances in Europe have made them a fearsome team.

Here’s everything you need to know before the first leg…

When is the start? Tuesday, April 5, 20:00 (GMT)
Where is the game played? Stadium of Light
TV channel/live broadcast? BT Sport 3 (UK), TUDN, Paramount+ (US)
Reflexes? BT Sports YouTube Channel
Referee? Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP)
WHERE? Alejandro Hernandez (ESP)

There are three Benfica players who face a race against the clock to prove their fitness for the match.

Haris Seferovic, Lucas Verissimo and Rodrigo Pinho are working to overcome muscular problems.

Liverpool will face some familiar foes in the form of former Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi and former Tottenham centre-back Jan Vertonghen, while Premier League target Darwin Nunez will lead the line.

Alex Grimaldo, Joao Mario, Otamendi, Goncalo Ramos, Rafa Silva, Julian Weigl and Roman Yaremchuk will miss the second leg if they receive a booking.

Curtis Jones could be Liverpool’s only absentee as he recovers from a sprained ankle.

Sadio Mane could return to the starting lineup after being dropped to the bench for Saturday’s win against Watford, while former Porto winger Luis Diaz will look to outdo his old rivals.

Mane and Diogo Jota, who is not affiliated with any of Portugal’s ‘big three’, are one card away from suspension.

These two giants of European football have met ten times throughout their illustrious histories.

Their most recent meeting came in the 2009/10 Europa League round of 16, with Liverpool prevailing 5-3 on aggregate.

However, the Reds’ defense of their 2005 Champions League title ended with a 3–0 loss over the last 16 to Benfica.

While Liverpool are still capable of sweeping any team in world football, they have started to become a specialist at getting wins when the going gets tough.

They won’t have an easy ride against a side that have already knocked out a dark horse at Ajax and a giant at Barcelona, ​​but ultimately they should have enough quality to take the lead back to Anfield.

Prediction: Benfica 1-2 Liverpool

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