Six times European champions Liverpool will face SL Benfica in the Champions League quarterfinal after the draw conducted by UEFA.
The Reds have beaten Inter Milan 2-1 on aggregate to qualify for the quarterfinals of the competition. The second leg tie against the Nerrazurri was far from straightforward. Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez gave Inter the hope to turn around the tie.
But Klopp’s men’s empathic 2-0 victory at San Siro in the first leg was enough for the Reds’ progress.
Earlier in the competition, Liverpool qualified to the Knock out stage with a 100% record in the group stage. The Merseyside giants won all of their six group stage games beating the likes of Atletico Madrid, FC Porto, and AC Milan in the process.
Liverpool have the accompany of Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Villareal, and Chelsea into the last eight of the competition.
And now the draw has taken place, Liverpool now faces Benfica in the last eight stage of the Champions League competition.
The Liga Portugal side Benfica impressed very much on this season’s European stage. Nelson Verissimo’s side have overcome Barcelona’s side to qualify for the knockout stage from Group E alongside Bayern Munich.
The Eagles also continued their good run in the Round of 16 fixture against Ajax. The Portuguese side defeated Eredivisie Champions Ajax side 3-2 on aggregate.
Full draw of Champions League quarterfinals :
Chelsea FC vs Real Madrid CF
Manchester City FC vs Club Atletico De Madrid
Villarreal CF vs FC Bayern Munchen
SL Benfica vs Liverpool FC
When are the quarterfinals taking place?
The two fixtures will fall on either side of the crucial game against Man City on April 10. Liverpool are currently just a point behind Guardiola’s side. The game at Etihad is considered the most crucial for both sides.
The first leg games are on April 5 and 6. Meanwhile, the second leg takes place on April 12 and 13.