Gary Lineker was absolutely blown away by two Liverpool players during Benfica win

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Liverpool are within one foot of the Champions League semi-finals after beating Benfica 3-1 on Tuesday night – and Gary Lineker was blown away by Trent Alexander-Arnold and Luis Diaz.

The Reds took the lead in Lisbon when Ibrahima Konate headed in from a corner in the first half and Sadio Mane scored a second.

Alexander-Arnold’s stunning pass allowed Diaz to find Mane to score.

Darwin Nunez recovered one for Benfica but Liverpool restored their two-goal lead when Diaz ran away to score.

Having survived the first leg, Liverpool will now be confident of delivering the job at Anfield.

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The effect of Diaz was amazing. Signed from Porto in January, the Colombian has quickly become a Premier League star.

Some players like Fabinho and Andrew Robertson have taken their time to get used to Jurgen Klopp’s style. Not Diaz.

A constant threat in the final third, Diaz was the perfect complement to Liverpool’s attack and the sky seems to be the limit for him.

A goal on Diaz’s return to Portugal didn’t come as a huge surprise, and neither did Alexander-Arnold’s performance.

Liverpool were given a boost by the return of Alexander-Arnold, who was a bench-fetch against Watford at the weekend.

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Alexander-Arnold’s pass was ridiculous as always, he could completely dismantle the Benfica defense with one pass.

This happened on several occasions, with Alexander-Arnold once again proving to be a creative force at Liverpool’s right-back.

Alexander-Arnold and Diaz’s performance was praised by pundit Lineker, who was simply blown away.

Lineker praised a “superb goal” from Diaz and noted what a commitment he had been to Liverpool.

Lineker was equally impressed by Alexander-Arnold’s stunning pass for Mane’s goal and praised both players.

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