Colombian footballer and Liverpool winger Luis Díaz scored a sensational individual goal in the team’s final win against Benfica in the Champions League first leg against Benfica away from home. Next week, Liverpool will face Benfica in the second leg at Anfield with a comfortable two-goal aggregate advantage.
Liverpool dominated their match against Portuguese side Benfica in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at the Estádio da Luz in Portugal. The score became 3-1 for the visitors’ advantage.
Towards the end of the game, Luis Díaz scored a sensational individual goal that circled the keeper to increase his team’s lead. The Colombian players’ overall performance and goals were highly praised by the fans as well as head coach Jurgen Klopp.
Díaz knows his opponents very well. Just last season he scored for Porto in Portugal and playing against rivals Benfica is all too familiar.
Ibrahima Konate scored his first Liverpool goal from a corner before Mane scored to put Liverpool ahead at the Estadio da Luz.
Benfica made the game early in the second half when Konate’s error allowed the lively Darwin Nunez to pull one back, but Luis Diaz, who had been outstanding all night, added a final third to put Liverpool ahead of the semi-finals.
Liverpool will be very confident of getting the job done at Anfield next week, with Jurgen Klopp comfortable enough to offload Mohamed Salah, Mane and Thiago Alcantara after the hour.
Salah, in particular, is sure to be retained for Sunday, when Liverpool take on Manchester City in what could be the decisive game in the Premier League title race.
Benfica are between a Liverpool-City league and cup double, with the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley coming after the second leg next week, before Klopp’s side resume a period of crisis with league games against Manchester United and local rivals Everton.
Liverpool’s convincing win may offer Klopp the luxury of rotating players for next week’s second leg.
Klopp has downplayed suggestions that Liverpool are yet to win a historic quadruple this season.