‘It’s more important’ – Liverpool duo Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane react to Benfica win
The sensational Liverpool duo Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane were fast to compliment Liverpool’s victory in their Champions League quarter-final which is far from complete after the 3-1 first-leg win at Benfica on Tuesday.
Ibrahima Konate and Sadio Mane gave the reds the lead 2-0 up inside 34 minutes, with Diaz netting their third goal late after Darwin Nunez scored one back for Benfica early in the second half.
Highlights: Benfica 1-3 Liverpool
“It was a tough game. We were obviously on top [in the] first half, created good chances, probably could have went in a couple more up.
“Then we wanted to keep it tight and unfortunately we didn’t manage to do that. They obviously got a goal, which lifted the crowd, lifted them and they started winning balls, we started getting a bit sloppy and things like that.
“So, the third goal was big but there’s definitely still work to do. He [Diaz] got a nice reception from the start, obviously playing for one of their rivals and things like that.
“So, a good finish from him, a really important goal for us. It gives us a two-goal cushion, which makes a difference, and it’s important that we make that count now.
“Next week, it’s still a big game. We want to be in the semi-final and we’ve still got a lot of work to get there. But with our fans at our stadium, we can hopefully get the job done.”
“Like I always say, the team is winning – that’s more important [than me scoring].
“I scored a goal today, I’m happy but more important were the goals we scored. We’re waiting for the next game and to get the job done at home.
“A great start [to the week]. We can’t expect better than that and it will help us to prepare for the next game.”