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Liverpool vs Villarreal final MATCH Live Football Score 03/05/2022

Ironically, the Yellow Submarine were not the ones being sunk by two European heavyweights in the previous Champions League rounds, with Juventus and most recently Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich failing to find the formula for success against Emery’s well-drilled side. After shutting Julian Nagelsmann’s side out in a 1-0 first-leg win where the margin of victory should arguably have been greater, Villarreal held their own on the Allianz Arena turf and left with a 2-1 aggregate success after Samuel Chukwueze’s 88th-minute response to Robert Lewandowski’s strike. Emery’s men have already faced two major tests of their European mettle and should therefore travel to Merseyside with unbridled optimism about their chances of gleaning a positive result, and their La Liga fortunes have also improved with back-to-back wins over Getafe and Valencia.

Winning three and drawing one of their four Champions League games on the road since going down to Manchester United back in September, Villarreal have found the back of the net in all of those encounters on rival turf so far, but their only previous semi-final appearance in the 2005-06 season ended in defeat to English opposition in Arsenal. The modest club from Castellon have met Liverpool twice before in the semi-finals of the 2015-16 Europa League – winning 1-0 at La Ceramica in the first leg before a 3-0 Anfield defeat – and Emery’s penchant for European knockout ties (advancing 31 times out of 37) ought to lead to a few nervous glances from the Kop on Wednesday night – only Zinedine Zidane has a better progression rate in that department.

Jordan Henderson and Luis Diaz can also anticipate recalls to the first XI after finding themselves among the substitutes at the weekend, while Mohamed Salah needs just four more Champions League goals to set a new record for English clubs in the competition; the Egyptian’s 33 is only bettered by Sergio Aguero and Didier Drogba’s 36. Meanwhile, former Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno will not be reuniting with his former club this week as he remains on the comeback trail from a ruptured cruciate ligament, while star attacker Gerard Moreno is also set to miss out. The 30-year-old could return from a hamstring problem in time for the second leg but is not expected to take part at Anfield, while Francis Coquelin has been training with the group and should be fine to take his place in the XI.

Yeremi Pino has also picked up a fresh hamstring injury and will be absent. As a result, the only real dilemma for Emery lies in the attacking third, with Chukwueze and Manu Trigueros battling to deputise for Moreno alongside Arnaut Danjuma, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent months. The Champions League semifinals continue on Wednesday as favorites Liverpool host underdogs Villarreal at Anfield for their first leg. The Reds are looking to make the final for the third time in the last five seasons, while the Yellow Submarine are back in the semifinals for the second time in their history, looking to pull off another shocker after bouncing Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals.

Liverpool: The Reds aren’t missing any key players, but Roberto Firmino remains doubtful. Eyes will be on how things look in attack, with Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane expected to start. That means Colombian sensation Luiz Diaz will likely be the man off the bench for a second-half spark, if they need one. Villarreal: Alberto Moreno (knee) and Yeremy Pino (pulled muscle) are both out for the first leg, while Unai Emery will be sweating the status of striker Gerard Moreno. The Spanish talent is dealing with a hamstring knock that leaves him as doubtful for this clash. Villarreal is set to face off against Liverpool in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals at 3 p.m. ET April 27th at Anfield.

Villarreal played to a 1-1 draw against Bayern Munich. Liverpool tied Benfica in their previous round but narrowly survived based on tiebreaking rules. Last year, Villarreal lost in the final of the Europa League to Manchester United. As for the Reds, they made it all the way to the quarter-finals but were eliminated by Real Madrid on scores of 1-3 and 0-0. Liverpool will look to take a big stride towards a third Champions League final appearance under Jurgen Klopp when they take on Villarreal in the first leg of their semi-final tie at Anfield on Wednesday. The Reds remain on course for three more trophies by the end of the season, most recently beating Everton 2-0 on Sunday to remain a point behind Manchester City in the Premier League title race.

It’s Villarreal’s first appearance in the Champions League semi-finals since 2006, back when Juan Roman Riquelme, Diego Forlan and Marcos Senna were starring for El Submarino Amarillo. They’re nine points behind fourth-placed Atletico Madrid in La Liga but have enjoyed a memorable run in Europe, knocking out both Juventus and Bayern Munich

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