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Liverpool take two goal cushion back to Anfield after victory over Benfica

Liverpool have taken a commanding advantage in their Champions League quarter-final with Benfica after winning the first leg 3-1 in Lisbon.

The Reds now have a club record of five straight away victories in the competition.

Ibrahima Konate powered Andy Robertson's corner into the net with an unstoppable header after 17 minutes gone on the clock.

Sadio Mane made it 2-0 before half-time thanks to an exceptional through ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold which allowed Luis Diaz to head into the path of Liverpool's Senegalese superstar for a simple finish.

Benfica got themselves back into the game and Liverpool on the back foot when Darwin Nunez pulled one back shortly after the interval.

Konate's sloppy attempt to clear an inviting cross allowed Nunez to finish easily past Alisson from close range.

The home side almost equalised ten minutes later when Brazilian winger Everton tested his compatriot in the Liverpool goals with a long-range strike.

But it was Liverpool who got the next goal as former Porto star Luis Diaz came back to haunt Benfica once again.

A lovely through pass Naby Keita allowed Diaz to round Odysseas Vlachodimos and shoot into an empty net.

It could prove a significant goal as Benfica will now have to overturn a two-goal aggregate disadvantage at Anfield next Wednesday.


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