Fans react on Twitter as Liverpool draw SL Benfica in the UEFA Champions League last eight
The footballing gods might as well have been looking down at Anfield as Liverpool drew SL Benfica in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League.
The Reds progressed to the quarter-finals courtesy of a 2-1 aggregate win over Italian champions Inter Milan in the round of 16. While there are no easy draws at this stage, being paired against Benfica is as good as it gets.
The first leg will be played at the Estadio da Luz on 5/6 April followed by the return leg on 12/13 April at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds go into the game as favourites and should be expected to get the job done with minimal fuss.
Should Liverpool come out on top in the tie, they will face either Bayern Munich or Villarreal in the last four. It must be admitted that the Reds drew the easiest opponents among the three English teams left in the fray.
The last time Liverpool drew Benfica was in 2005-06. The then defending champions, the Reds were knocked out 3-0 on aggregate by an impressive Eagles side who proved they belonged in the competition.
Klopp’s men will be keen to avoid the potential banana peel and should approach the game prepared. Liverpool could not have asked for a better draw and will only face another English side in the competition should they make it to the final.
We take a look at how some Liverpool fans reacted to the draw on Twitter. It is fair to say most of them were happy as we avoided the big guns such as Manchester City, Real Madrid, and Bayern Munich.
Liverpool fans react to drawing Benfica in the Champions League quarter finals
All 8 teams are class let’s not get ahead of ourselves— Adam (@Adamhussain004) March 18, 2022
I like this draw, so satisfying, the annoying teams facing each other while we face a pure footballing team. Bring it on @slbenfica_en historical club!— Majed (@MajedTheSeeker) March 18, 2022
LETS GOOOO— Francis (@LFCFrancis) March 18, 2022
No game is easy at this point, but we couldn’t have asked for more— rob pickard (@wakeyrob71) March 18, 2022
Why are we getting good draws this season that never happens— keegan (@Dobvius) March 18, 2022
We are going back to Portugal.. The Homeland of Jota! The play ground of Luis Diaz!— Syde A Attrakta 🇬🇭 (@attrakta) March 18, 2022
As far as draws go I don’t think that could have gone any better!— Chris Brain (@chrisbrain27) March 18, 2022
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Another showdown Luis Diaz vs Benfica.— Kriss Ray (@krissrayNG) March 18, 2022
The only thing that would make me forgive Liverpool for 2019 is whooping Benfica ruthlessly 7-0 on aggregate, with Luis Diaz scoring in both legs.
Awesome draw… Semi final either Villarreal or Bayern… Nice one, will take that— *PRAVESH DURSAN (@PraveshDursan) March 18, 2022
That is the best result for us I’m acc so happy— HarvSZN (@HarvSZN) March 18, 2022