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Match of the week: Liverpool - Villarreal

By cy.Reporter, 27 April, 2022

Liverpool-Villarreal, Champions League semi-final, stadium: "Anfield", 22:00, cytavision3

Liverpool and Villarreal face off to make up the second pair of Champions League semi-finals. The two opponents will compete for a place in the final of the top inter-club competition, with the English wanting to gain a clear qualifying lead and the Spaniards to be the absolute underdog for another round.


Liverpool wants to take the first and important "step" for the qualification to the final of the Champions League. Jürgen Klopp's team is the absolute favorite to qualify, as the team's image and form, makes it one of the most difficult opponents in Europe for any team. The "Reds" are undefeated for ten consecutive matches in all competitions and want to expand their streak. In terms of competition, the German coach can not count on Firmino, while according to the latest news, it is possible that Konate, Henderson, Diaz will return to the starting lineup in relation to the match against Everton.


Only her presentation in the semifinals of the institution is an absolute success for Villarreal. If a team could make the surprise, it would be this year's Villarreal. Unai Emery's team after Juventus also eliminated Bayern Munich and now wants to finish the qualifiers and reach the final for the first time in its history. The "yellow submarine" is on the rise in recent weeks, as it is undefeated in the last five games in all competitions. In the match issues, the striker Pino, who is facing an injury problem, will be out, while the left back Moreno will be out. On the contrary, a significant addition is the return of Koklen's midfielder.

Plus and minus


+ In four of its five home games in the Champions League it has scored more than 1.5 goals

-In the last two home games in the Champions League he has not been able to get the victory, having a draw and a defeat.


+ Is unbeaten in its last four away games in the Champions League, having three wins and one draw

- Has conceded in four of its last five away games in the Champions League.




In the last five matches in all competitions he has three wins and two draws



In the last five matches in all competitions he has three wins and two draws


Both teams have scored in three of Liverpool's last five matches

Less than 2.5 goals have been scored in four of Villarreal's five matches

More than 2.5 goals have been scored in four of Liverpool's five matches.


In two matches, Liverpool has one victory and Villarreal one

Klopp: "They underestimated Villarreal"

Speaking about Villarreal, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said: "Unai is a coach who has a psychosis with detail, who prepares for many different situations in a match. They have many ways of pressing and reacting to different results. He is a world-class coach who does an amazing job. Villarreal is made for this event, to be honest. "Maybe Juventus and Bayern underestimated them, this will not happen to us."

Emery: "They know who we are"

Villarreal's opponent, Unai Emery, also spoke about her opponent, saying: "They are wise and now they know who we are. They know that qualifying will be difficult and they will be prepared, there is no doubt about that. But it is inevitable that they feel favored, as is normal, their potential is enormous. "But we have more motivation and enthusiasm."

Liverpool: Allison, Alexander-Arnold, Conate, Van Dyke, Robertson, Fambino, Henderson, Thiago, Salah, Diaz, Mane

Villarreal: Rowley, Foit, Albiol, Pau Torres, Estupinian, Capoue, Coquelin, Parejo, Paco Alcθεcer, Lo Celso, Goronveld



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