Benfica vs Liverpool : Football Match Report

Liverpool in control over Benfica after Champions League quarterfinal first leg.

A late goal from Luis Diaz put Liverpool in a commanding position to reach the last four of the Champions League after a 3-1 win over Benfica in their quarterfinal first leg at Lisbon's Estadio da Luz on Tuesday.

The victory also saw Liverpool set a new club record, with their eighth successive away win.

A club record five straight away wins in the Champions League for Liverpool. They wobbled for the first 25 minutes of the second half, but Diaz’s late goal makes them near enough shoo-ins for the last four.

Less than five minutes after the restart, Nunez showed why he is reportedly in the sights of some of Europe's top clubs as he slotted in for his 20th goal in his last 20 games in all competitions after Konate failed to cut out a Rafa Silva cross.

"It was tough when they scored because the crowd was there immediately because they knew that 2-0 is nothing, it's nice but nothing more than that and we saw it after they scored," Jurgen Klopp told BT Sport afterward. "The game was much more open than we expected.

Trent Alexander-Arnold capitalized immediately on a Benfica giveaway in the midfield to supply a wondrous diagonal ball over the top of the Benfica defense. 

Luis Diaz got a nice reception from the start, playing for one of their rivals, but a good goal for him and a two-goal cushion makes a difference.