In the first leg of their Champions League semi-final match at Anfield on Wednesday, Liverpool beat Villarreal 2-0. Jurgen Klopp said that even though Liverpool had one foot in the final, they still needed to be “on the lookout.” Pervis Estupinan turned a cross from Jordan Henderson into his own goal, and then Sadio Mane scored a second goal for Liverpool in two minutes. Villarreal manager Unai Emery had planned to keep Villarreal from scoring, but that didn’t work out. The Reds are still on track to become the first team to win all four of the major leagues, the FA Cup and the League Cup.
As long as they don’t make a huge mistake when they meet six days again from now, Liverpool’s season will end in Paris on May 28.
In the first half, it’s 2-0, says Klopp, the manager of Liverpool. “You have to be completely alert, 100% in the right place, and play the second half the same way we played the first.” We know it will be hard for us to get around there.
In stark contrast to Manchester City’s 4-3 win over Real Madrid in the other semi-final on Tuesday, Emery’s men used the same tactic that worked for them against Juventus and Bayern Munich. They stayed behind the ball, as they did against Juventus and Bayern Munich.
That didn’t work out for the Yellow Submarine, though. Liverpool had to wait until the game was over to show their power.
It’s clear that the 2-0 result is right and fair, said Emery. A lot of people were hurt, but we still have a chance. ”
“I want to show that we can play a different game at home.”
The Reds have scored 135 goals this season, but they didn’t score for the first 45 minutes.
Mane hit Mohamed Salah’s cross wide with the best chance.
The Senegalese also had a deflected shot, and Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli didn’t get punished for making mistakes with a lot of speculative pictures.
One more long-range goal was all it took for Liverpool to break the deadlock before halftime. The goal was sweet, but it hit the post.
The six-time European champions started the second half faster, and Villarreal’s defence fell apart quickly.
Fabinho’s goal was ruled out because he was offside against Virgil van Dijk in the build-up to the goal.
Error-prone Rulli finally let the Spaniards down with a poor attempt to stop Henderson’s deflected cross just a few minutes later.
The last thing the visitors could afford was the floodgates to open, but they were powerless to stop the waves of Liverpool attacks that came from all over the field.
In 55 minutes, Salah made a pass that was just right for Mane to get past Rulli.
The offside flag came to Villarreal’s aid again to rule out Andy Robertson’s goal for the second time in as many games.
Klopp called Emery the “king of the cups” because of his incredible record in the Europa League. One of his four victories in that competition came against Klopp when he was manager of Liverpool in 2016.
Nonetheless, Liverpool has changed a lot in the six years since they last played in this match. The limitations of the seventh team in La Liga were shown when they couldn’t come back after going behind.
He hit the ball right in front of the goal as Liverpool tried to score the third goal and end the game.
The English giants had to settle for a two-goal lead, but they haven’t lost by two goals in 55 games this season.