In the race for four titles, Jürgen Klopp with Liverpool FC remains undeterred on course. In the semi-final first leg of the Champions League, the Reds and their German team manager defeated Bayern conquerors FC Villarreal on the domestic Age Road Road Road Road (0-0). In order to collect the final in the premier class for the fifth time, a narrow defeat would be enough in Spain next Tuesday.
Three days after the 2-0 in the Merseyside Derby against FC Everton, Klopp’s team dominated the game against the “yellow submarine” from the start, but only a double strike shortly after the break did the defense bulb cracked: a cross of captain Jordan Henderson fell Pervis Estupinan unsustainable for goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli (53.), then Sadio Mane hit Mohamed Salah (55.).
“It was a good performance by the team in a difficult game,” said Henderson at DAZN , “we scored two goals and kept our box clean, that was important.”
Liverpool, which only conceded a defeat this year, continued to look at the “Quadruple”: The traditional club already won the league cup in February. In the FA Cup, Chelsea is waiting in the final on May 14, in the Premier League the Reds are only one point behind leaders Manchester City.
Against the European League winner of the pre-season, which surprisingly turned off the German record champions in Munich in the quarter-finals (1-0, 1: 1), the hosts were looking for the chance of an early lead. After the flank of his congenial storm partner Salah, Mane missed the gate with a header (12th).
Notes: Thiago defies special guard – Villareal’s defense overwhelmed
Thiago fails on the post
A little unorthodox tried Henderson with a shot from a very pointed angle to the outer post (23rd). The ten yellow field players gathered again and again at their own penalty area, clogged the middle and forced the Reds to the outside.
In this way, Salah came into the penalty area with mane after a double pass, but fled the ball over the goal (27th). Pech had Mane, whose deflected shot narrowly missed the goal (33.). Villarreal hardly did any relief because Liverpool immediately attempted any offensive attempts with a strong pressing. Because the playing opportunities were missing in the top, the ex -Munich Thiago tried a shot from 25 meters – and hit the crossbar (42nd). So the zero was at half -time – despite twelve shots on goal.
After the change of sides, the spell broke, but only with the help of the guests. The table seventh of the Primera Division did not change its defensive orientation even afterwards. Liverpool remained superior.
FC Liverpool – FC Villarreal: The constellations
Liverpool: Alisson – Alexander -Arnold (81. Gomez), Konate, van Dijk, Robertson – Fabinho – Henderson (72nd Keita), Thiago – Salah, Mane (72. Diogo Jota), Diaz (81. Origi )))
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Villarreal: Rulli – Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan (72nd Trigueros) – Parejo (71. Aurier), Capoue – Chukwueze (72. Dia), Coquelin (57. Pedraza) – Lo Celso, Danjuma (86. Alcacer)