Liverpool take control of the Champions League semi-finals with their dominant win over Villarreal 2022-04-28 04:34:09


Jurgen Klopp’s side were at their best in complete control of the match, scoring twice in the second half to set a healthy advantage in the second leg in Spain next week.

Despite all the possession and chances, Liverpool needed a cross to break the deadlock – Jordan Henderson’s cross veered past goalkeeper Jeronimo Rulli in the 53rd minute.

But once ahead, Liverpool started purring and doubled their lead after 133 seconds, and this time there was no luck.

Sadio Mane set his journey to perfection and boosted his effort under the goalkeeper after he tapped into a pass from his partner in crime Mohamed Salah.

The pair were in great shape against a Villarreal side looking worn out the entire time after a grueling evening at bustling Anfield.

Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's second goal.

Despite his side’s impressive performances, coach Jurgen Klopp was keen to downplay the first leg result 90 minutes before the match.

“We know we’re going there and it’s going to be tough for us and different from tonight,” he said.

“Their players, you’ve seen it, they’re fighting with everything they have and what I love is that everyone can see that we fought with everything we had.

“It’s always the same. If they beat us with a score that takes them to the final, they deserve it, and if they don’t we deserve it.”

“Best team I’ve ever seen in a red shirt”

But not everyone has been underestimated like Klopp, with former players and pundits hailing this Liverpool side, who are chasing an unprecedented quadruple this season from the Champions League, FA Cup and Premier League, to add to the League Cup they have already won. .

Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand put the competition aside to argue that this was the best team Liverpool had seen.

“They’re relentless. We can talk about how great they are individually but that’s how they put pressure on the teams, the energy, the effort, the application. You just sit here and marvel at it,” he said, working as an analyst at BT Sport.

Former club striker Michael Owen agreed, “It was just total and complete domination by Jurgen Klopp’s men. As Rio said, it’s the best red shirt team I’ve seen.”