Updated on 04/27/2022 22:57
- Villarreal defenders can only withstand constant pressure from Liverpool for a while.
- Then Klopp’s team hits and still has the best chance of winning all four titles this season.
Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool FC have not let Villarreal’s FC Villarreal stop them on their way to a historic four-pack of the title. The Reds scored a well-deserved 2-0 (0-0) in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals against Europa League winners Spain on Wednesday before their third final in five years. Already next Tuesday, Liverpool will be able to qualify for the final in Paris on May 28, perfect for the return leg. For Villarreal, on the other hand, after the successes against Juventus Turin and FC Bayern, another coup is far away.
A cross from Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson (53 ‘) and champion Sadio Mané (55’), deflected on goal by Pervis Estupinan, sealed the victory for Klopp’s team. This means that the Brits still have the best chance of winning all four titles for the first time in the club’s history. They have already won the League Cup, reached the FA Cup final against Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel and Liverpool are just one point behind longtime rivals Manchester City in the league.
Villarreal slowed their pace in the first half
Spectators could not see a show like the day before, when Man City beat Real Madrid 4: 3 in the first semifinal. Even Klopp hadn’t expected it. Because Villarreal have been well prepared for the Reds’ power football in the first half by skilled manager Unai Emery, who have won 31 of her last 37 knockout duels in the European Cup. It was only in the second half that the Spanish defensive artists were no longer able to cope with the constant pressure and could still be satisfied with the result.
Until then, Klopp was required to be patient. Because the seventh team of the Primera Division has been able to delay the pace very well, break the flow of the English game and defend with compactness on the defensive. In addition, the Spaniards had the necessary luck in the first round, such as Thiago’s long-range shot on the post (42nd).
Liverpool’s two attacking stars Mané (12th / 33rd) and Mohamed Salah (27th / 35th) also lacked accuracy on their chances. 12: 0 shots on goal after 35 minutes expressed the one-sidedness of the game. It was an almost inactive evening for LFC goalkeeper Alisson.
Despite the unsuccessful start, Klopp’s team did not get nervous, they again increased the pressure in the second round and were slammed forward by their fans. Suddenly Anfield’s magical mood was there and Villarreal staggered like a battered boxer. (dpa / fra)