The Spanish side were assertive in the first half but faltered in the second as Henderson’s skewed cross rebounded over the goalkeeper. Jeronimo Rulli – Judgment later a Pervis Estupinan Goalkeeper – before Mane poked home shortly after.
Villarreal enjoyed a fantastic run in the knockout stages of this year’s competition – they stunned the Giants Juventus And Bayern Munich In the previous two rounds – but Jurgen Klopp’s side was rarely troubled as he sent the Spanish side to take a big step towards the final.
Liverpool, who won the tournament, in 2019, are trying to reach the Champions League final for the third time in five years.
Mane had the best chance in a quiet first half, mostly playing in the Villarreal half. The 30-year-old striker rushed into the penalty area as Mohamed Salah He delivered a floating cross toward the six-yard box, but Mane couldn’t find the right contact to head a target.
Liverpool thought they had broken the score in the 50th minute when Fabinho put the ball into the net but the defender Virgil van Dijk He was judged to be offside when he headed for the midfielder’s formation.
Klopp’s side remained in control and were rewarded faithfully as Henderson made the breakthrough in the 53rd minute. The midfielder fired what appeared to be a cross from near the right corner flag, seeing it as a lucky deviation from Estupinan before firing into the back-net.
Mane doubled the lead after just two minutes with a spur finish after Salah rolled the ball his way into the penalty area.
Villarreal did not hit a single shot on target as they struggled to make their mark.
The two teams will meet again in the return leg at La Ceramica on May 3rd.