Villarreal v Liverpool: Champions League semi-final second leg – live! | Champions League

Reminder of teams

Villarreal (4-4-2) Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, Pau Torres, Estupinan; Lo Celso, Capua, Parejo, Coquelin; Moreno, Dia.
Replacements: Asenjo, Jorgensen, Mario Gaspar, Alcacer, Iborra, Chukwueze, Trigueros, Pena, Mandi, Moi Gomez, Pedraza, Aurier.

Liverpool (4-3-3) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mané.
Replacements: Kelleher, Milner, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Minamino, Tsimikas, Diaz, Origi, Matip, Elliott.

“I’m all excited with anticipation!” coos Ian Copestake. “To have the class of a Thiago balanced by Fabinho’s giraffe legs pushing dangers all over the pitch. I have no idea how a team like City works. They just have a lot of amazing little players. But this lot makes sense in an old fashioned way, cogs in a machine.

“There are at least 15 Premier League teams who would absolutely love to take out the Liverpool bench as the starting XI (minus one, obviously). You know they have depth for days on end, but seeing it presented like this is scary.

As if to rub it, Jurgen Klopp has chosen a bench you can fit into a realistic XI.

Liverpool (4-3-3) Keller; Milner, Matip, Gomez, Tsimikas; Oxlade-Chamberlain or Elliott, Henderson, Jones; Minamino, Origi, Diaz.

Jurgen Klopp’s pre-match thoughts

[Is it dangerous to think you’re through already?] They have nothing to lose, we have nothing to gain, so we will decide what we think. We’re going to treat this as a single ending and go for it.

[On the two changes from the first leg] It’s a rotation, but there are also specific times when you want a specific skill set, and that’s why we decided on this comp.

“I look at Villarreal and think, ‘What would I do?’. Two to zero, maybe you haven’t played your best football… give it a try. That’s exactly what Villarreal will do. They’ll go for it, but so will we, so let’s see.

“Villarreal were overwhelmed by the Liverpool press and barely coped,” said Tim Startard. “Unai Emery is extremely good but he cannot give his team more time. Benfica troubled them more, and it’s also a weak Benfica.

This second sentence is excellent and so well formulated. I knew Manchester United should have appointed Neo as their new manager.

Presented without comment On BT Sport, Michael Owen has just announced that Virgil van Dijk is the greatest centre-half of all time.

“I will inevitably miss the first half tonight” writes our resident Liverpool supporter Matt Dony, “so I will have all my negativity moaning in the first few doors. Everything seems a little “too” comfortable. Villarreal are a very good team (they are in the semi-finals of Champions Leaguefor God’s sake!), and 2-0 isn’t exactly the most surprisingly complete lead in the world.

“Yes, liverpool should pass. But the level of trust in some areas of social media is prideful and insane. The abolition of the away goals rule is absolutely a good thing. But I would like to bring it back tonight. Who do I talk to? »

I also tried to make sense of it. I’ll be honest, I’m expecting a quiet night in the MBM dungeon, and I think it’s due to the way of the first leg rather than the score. It reminds me of that old phrase on album reviews: “Sure, they gave you 6/10, but that bed like an 8.

The first leg was a 2-0 which read as a 4-0 which is why most of us think Liverpool will progress comfortably. That and because they are amazingly good. But as a neutral, I would love overtime, penalties, the whole shebang.

The weather in Villarreal has been atrocious the last 48 hours, which could make life interesting for Guardians. The ground is soggy but apparently there is no danger that the game will be abandoned.

Torrential rain all day here in Villarreal. Fair bit of wind too. Tough conditions but the pitch has taken it well. See you on @btsport at 7pm. #VILLIV

— Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) May 3, 2022

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Torrential rain all day here in Villarreal. A lot of wind too. Difficult conditions but the terrain took it well. Meeting on @btsport at 19 ‘o clock. #VILLIV

— Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) May 3, 2022

Team News

The excellent Gerard Moreno returns to Villarreal side, but they are without the injured Arnaut Danjuma. It’s a big hit. Moreno for Danjuma is one of two changes from the first leg at Anfield. The other is also in front, where Boulaye Dia replaces Samuel Chukwueze.

Jurgen Klopp also makes two changes from last week’s first leg: Naby Keita and Diogo Jota replace Jordan Henderson and Luis Diaz.

Villarreal (4-4-2) Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, Pau Torres, Estupinan; Lo Celso, Capua, Parejo, Coquelin; Moreno, Dia.
Replacements: Asenjo, Jorgensen, Mario Gaspar, Alcacer, Iborra, Chukwueze, Trigueros, Pena, Mandi, Moi Gomez, Pedraza, Aurier.

Liverpool (4-3-3) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, van Dijk, Robertson; Keita, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Jota, Mané.
Replacements: Kelleher, Milner, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Minamino, Tsimikas, Diaz, Origi, Matip, Elliott.

Arbitrator Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)

Preamble

A year is a long time in association football. On May 3, 2021, Liverpool were seventh in the Premier League and seven points from Champions League qualification. They are now two games away from a seventh European Cup and could be seven games away (plus a Manchester City draw) from a historic quadruple.

Football is a never-ending story of the unexpected, a thought that will support Villarreal ahead of tonight’s game at El Madrigal. The first leg was so one-sided – a 2-0 that looked like a 4-0 – that most neutrals think Liverpool are already as good as they were in the final. This is not a view that will be shared in the outside locker room or outside. Liverpool’s legend was built on glorious European comebacks, from Juventus in 1965 to Barcelona in 2019, so they know all about second-leg madness.

Yes liverpool get the first goal, it’s over. If Villarreal scores, all bets are off.

To start up 8 p.m.

‘Treat it with care’: Klopp warns Liverpool ahead of crucial Champions League second leg – video

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