Take a look at the latest form and squad news from Villarreal and Liverpool ahead of their semi-final tie:
Villarreal Form and Team News
The Yellow Submarine traveled to Anfield with hopes of repeating their heroics against Bayern Munich. Sadly, they could not muster up any challenge on the night, and only excellent defending kept them from shipping more goals than the two they conceded.
Losing in La Liga ahead of Liverpool’s visit is not a great way to prepare for the game of their lives, but Emery’s men suffered a 2-1 loss against Alaves. While that loss may have dampened the mood at the club, their excellent home record (8 wins and four draws in their last 12 matches) is a positive they will draw courage from.
Gerard Moreno, Alberto Moreno, and Yeremy Pino will not be available for selection for Villarreal, while Raul Albiol and Francis Coquelin remain doubtful to feature.
Liverpool Form and Team News
Jürgen Klopp celebrated his contract extension with a trademark win against Newcastle over the weekend, as the Reds continue to rumble towards a potential four-trophy season. They have one foot already in the Champions League final, with two goals in two minutes, sealing the fate of Villarreal in the first leg.
One would say Liverpool got the easier opponent compared to their rivals, but they came up against a dogged Villarreal side determined to keep them from scoring. They will expect such fierce resistance in Spain, but Liverpool’s remarkable record away from home cannot be overlooked.
Roberto Firmino is still on the sidelines due to a foot injury and may miss the trip to Villarreal.