Liverpool FC 2-0 Villarreal FC: Reds with one leg in the Champions League final

Running for four titles, Jürgen Klopp remains undeterred with Liverpool FC. In the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals, the Reds and their German team manager defeated Bayern conquerors FC Villarreal 2-0 (0-0) at home on Anfield Road. A narrow defeat in Spain next Tuesday would be enough to reach the final of the premier class for the fifth time.

“It was a brilliant match,” enthused Klopp BT Sport: “We had some good moments in the first half, but we didn’t score any goals. In the second half we overcame situations in an excellent way. Excellent counter-presses. The guys were fully committed from first to end to last second, that’s why we won”.

Three days after the 2-0 win over Everton in the Merseyside derby, Klopp’s team dominated the game against the “yellow submarine” from the start, but it was only a double strike shortly after half-time that broke the defensive bulwark: a cross from captain Jordan Henderson simulated Pervis Estupinan for goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli (53 ‘), then Sadio Mane scored on a pass from Mohamed Salah (55’).

“It was a good team performance in a tough game,” Henderson said DAZN, “We scored two goals and kept our area clean, it was important.” Andrew Robertson added: “After the first goal we had momentum and the noise here was incredible. That’s how we scored the second goal. We would have liked to score another goal, but we have a clean sheet and two goals – you can not do. that complaint. “

However, Thiago warned before Tuesday’s second leg: “It will be very difficult there. I’ve known the stadium since Barcelona. But we don’t have time to think about it yet, we have to think about our match at the weekend.”

Liverpool, who have suffered only one defeat this year, are still keeping an eye on the “Quadruple”: the traditional club won the League Cup in February. Chelsea await the FA Cup final on 14 May, while the Reds are just one point behind leaders Manchester City in the Premier League.

Against the previous season’s Europa League winners, who had surprisingly knocked out German champions Munich in the quarter-finals (1-0, 1-1), the hosts were looking for an opportunity to take the lead. After a cross from his ideal attacking partner Salah, Mane misses the goal with a header (12 ‘).

Thiago fails at the post

A bit unorthodox, Henderson tried a very sharp corner shot on the outside of the post (23 ‘). The ten yellow players on the field continued to gather in their own penalty area, blocking the center and forcing the Reds out.

Salah thus entered the penalty area after the one-two with Mane, but threw the ball over the goal (27 ‘). Unfortunate Mane, whose deflected shot touches the target (33 ‘). Villarreal were unable to relieve the pressure, as Liverpool immediately stopped any attacking attempts with heavy pressing. As there were no passing opportunities at the top, former Monaco Thiago tried a shot from 25 meters – and hit the crossbar (42nd). So it was zero at half time, despite twelve shots on target.

The spell broke after the change of sides, but only with the help of the guests. The seventh classified of the Primera Division did not change his defensive orientation even after. Liverpool remained overwhelmingly superior.

Liverpool FC – Villarreal FC: the line-ups

Liverpool: Alisson – Alexander-Arnold (81. Gomez), Konate, van Dijk, Robertson – Fabinho – Henderson (72. Keita), Thiago – Salah, Mane (72. Diogo Jota), Diaz (81. Origi)

Villareal: Rulli – Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan (72. Trigueros) – Parejo (71. Aurier), Capoue – Chukwueze (72. Dia), Coquelin (57. Pedraza) – Lo Celso, Danjuma (86. Alcacer)

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