'It's important we make this advantage count' - Robertson and Mane react to Benfica win

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Published 5th April 2022

Andy Robertson and Sadio Mane were quick to stress Liverpool's job in their Champions League quarter-final is far from complete after the 3-1 first-leg win at Benfica on Tuesday.

The Reds are in charge of the last-eight tie heading to Anfield next week, with Mane, Ibrahima Konate and Luis Diaz on the scoresheet at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon. 

Konate and Mane put the visitors 2-0 up inside 34 minutes, and Diaz netted their third late on after Darwin Nunez had pulled one back for Benfica early in the second half.

Read on for BT Sport's post-match interview with Robertson and Mane...

Highlights: Benfica 1-3 Liverpool

Andy Robertson

"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."

Sadio Mane

"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."

Published 5th April 2022