How Liverpool will use Inter lessons against Benfica

Programme notesHow Liverpool will use Inter lessons against Benfica

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Jordan Henderson is very much aware how Liverpool's Champions League quarter-final with Benfica remains alive.

The Reds hold a two-goal advantage heading into tonight's Anfield second leg after the 3-1 victory at Estadio da Luz last week.

While acknowledging the healthy position they find themselves in, Henderson and his teammates know there's still plenty of work left to do in order to secure a last-four spot.

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In the matchday programme, the captain writes: "Yes, we have done well to reach a stage where qualifying for another semi-final is achievable, but it is one thing getting close, it is quite another doing whatever it takes to get through.

"We didn't need last week's first leg in Lisbon to know that Benfica are a very good side. They are in the last eight on merit and even though we were able to get a decent result against them, we knew from the very first minute to the very last that we were involved in a proper contest against a strong team who had the same objective as us.

"The result that we earned should not mask this. Nor should or will it give us a false sense of security.

"If we want to go through, we will have to be at our best. It really is that simple. Internazionale in the last round showed that, at this level, even a two-goal lead can be challenged and there are a few lessons from that tie that we will be taking into this game.

"So we will be taking nothing for granted. There will be those outside of the club who will be writing Benfica off, but we will be doing nothing of the sort.

"By the same token, we also know that if we perform to the standards that we are capable of we will have a good chance of taking another step forward in a competition that means a great deal to everyone involved with Liverpool FC."

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