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Liverpool Through To Semi-Finals

Lucas Leiva proves critics wrong and shrugs off his scapegoat status...
Liverpool can boast semi final status after successfully knocking out Portuguese rivals Benfica last night with a scoreline reading 4-1 to the home team. Although there were some nervy moments when Benfica's Cardozo got one back, the lads worked hard and it was a superb and well deserved result come 90minutes.
After all the questions about how the back four would be set up, Benitez fielded Agger in the left back position with Carra, Soto and Johnson making up the the rest of the defence. With Reina in goal and Torres up front it was Gerrard, Masch, Lucas, Kuyt and Benayoun that completed the starting XI.
For the first twenty minutes or so it was quite a scrappy affair for Liverpool. With the added input of Benfica bashing players like Torres around, the fouls and stop-start feel to the game was becoming frustrating.
Frustration was nearly a continued theme after the revelations of the first Liverpool goal.
When St…

2nd Leg: Benfica

Could the Dane be utilised at left back?...
Liverpool are looking to turn around the tie against Benfica tomorrow with the 2nd leg at Anfield. After gaining only an away goal as a positive in the 2-1 defeat last Thursday we still have a great chance of going through to the semi finals of the competition.
If we do manage to get through tomorrow evening we will be facing either Valencia or Athletico Madrid depending on the outcome of their own tie. The result from the first leg played at the Mestalla saw both teams score twice meaning the second leg is poised evenly. So for Liverpool it could quite easily be either of the two teams.
Both of which would be interesting, Valencia obviously for players like David Villa and the huge link between the club and Rafa Benitez. Athletico with the ties between the club and ex captain Fernando Torres would also provide a good atmosphere.
Benfica's manager Jorge Jesus has again made all of his team available despite the fact that Weldon missed a trai…

Babel Sees Red As Liverpool Lose In Portugal

Agger celebrates after scoring Liverpool's only goal...
Benfica put two past Liverpool last night both courtesy of their top goalscorer Oscar Cardozo. Despite an early goal from Daniel Agger, a mixture of fortune in favour of the home side and some questionable refereeing decisions saw the Reds fall to defeat.
Benitez fielded a familiar looking side which saw the reintroduction of Lucas into the midfield. With Torres leading the line, it was a confident feel for kick off.
It took just 9 minutes for Liverpool to get on the score sheet after a set piece allowed us to put one in the Benfica goal. Steven Gerrard with a clever little free kick placed the ball square into the box, Daniel Agger then with a superb flick off the back of his foot saw his risky attempt go straight into the back of the net.
Play continued to be positive for Liverpool as we pushed with the attack on the Benfica defence. Looking relatively comfortable, it appeared we may be able to come back to Anfield with a most …

Benitez's Boys Face Benfica

Oscar Cardozo - Benfica's top goalscorer...
As we continue to progress through the lower tier of European competition it is starting to get towards the business end of the procedure. With some more of the big names now being left in the pot, it is only ourselves and Fulham representing the British force.
Tomorrow we start the tie in Portugal and return to Anfield the following week. Benfica are an unfamiliar opposition for this current Liverpool side. Sometimes not knowing what to expect can be a good thing, although it also implies that the line up will be cautious ready for a more threatening side for the home leg.
Benfica are currently perched nicely at the top of the Portuguese league. 6 points clear of their nearest rivals. Despite their league not being up there with the best in the world of football, their run is nothing to be shunned.
Quite a few people are expecting Benfica to be a difficult team to beat, and i agree that it will not be an easy ride. But looking at some of t…