Liverpool will receive this Wednesday Villarreal of the Argentines Rulli, Lo Celso and Foyth for the first leg of the Champions League semifinals. Those of Klopp are unstoppable and with all fronts open, while the Spanish appeal to a new epic and historical classification. He promises to be a great match. He schedules everything you need to know in the preview: schedule, television and possible formations.
Klopp’s team has all fronts open this season. Photo: Lindsey Parnaby / AFP.
WHAT TIME DO LIVERPOOL – VILLARREAL PLAY?
The start of this Champions semi is scheduled for this Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. (Argentine time), at Anfield. The main referee will be the Pole Szymon Marciniak. His compatriot Tomasz Kwiatkowski will be in charge of VAR.
WHERE DO LIVERPOOL – VILLARREAL PASS?
The game will be televised by ESPN. In addition, you will be able to follow the minute by minute of the actions through the web page of Hey, as usual.
The Yellow Submarine is coming off a hit after eliminating Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals. Photo: Instagram.
HOW DOES LIVERPOOL GET THERE?
Hungry to keep absolutely everything he disputes and make history. Jurgen Klopp’s team aims to become the first English team to win the quadruple crown. In addition to being among the top four on the European continent, he fights the Premier League hand in hand with Manchester City and a final is coming up in May (vs. Chelsea in the FA Cup). He already won another against the Blues in February, for the Carabao Cup.
Firmino could be absent due to a foot injury. Photo: Paul ELLIS / AFP.
The only casualty of the Reds would be that of playmaker Roberto Firminowho due to injury was not part of the squad for Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Everton in the Merseyside Classic last Sunday.
If the absence of the Brazilian is confirmed, This would open a small door for Colombian Luis Díaz to integrate a place in the starting team as third striker: it is him or Diogo Jota. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané are permanent.
The Colombian Díaz could go from the start. Photo: Peter Byrne/AP.
To reach this stage, the English team finished 1st (with ideal score) in Group B and eliminated Lautaro Martínez’s Inter in the round of 16 and Benfica in the quarters.
HOW DOES VILLARREAL GET THERE?
With all the emotion of facing his second Champions League semi-final in history, the Spanish come from giving a tremendous blow in the quarterfinals by eliminating Bayern Munich in Germany, with the agonizing goal of the Nigerian Chukwueze. In the round of 16 they had beaten Juventus. And they do it with three Argentines on the squad: Giovani Lo Celso, Gerónimo Rulli and Juan Foyth. All of them have chances to go from the start at Anfield.
Chukwueze scored a historic goal for Villarreal in the second leg played in Germany that ended 1-1. Photo: Jose Jordan / AFP.
Aware of the complexity of the case, his coach Unai Emery mentioned that the Reds are the series favorites in the previous day’s conference. But he did not shrink either: “We are here with the certainty that we deserve it and that we will be able to compete in these semifinals, which have a main favorite that is Liverpool, for their great moment and Klopp’s project of several years. Likewise, we have the illusion of bringing out our best version and giving the level that is demanded”.
And he added: “Getting this far is not a passage that we are going to take for granted; we want to have our opportunities. We play against a team that in normal conditions can be superior to us, but we have our individual and collective mechanisms to be able to compete”.
The Yellow Submarine faces this crucial game with the casualties of Yeremy Pino and Alberto Moreno (both injured). Gerard Moreno arrives with just enough from the physical and is likely to go to the bank.
The only time until now that Villarreal had agreed to a Champions Cup semi was in the edition of 06/05, with Juan Román Riquelme as the main banner of that team.
WHEN IS THE RETURN?
The rematch of this series will take place Tuesday May 3in Spain. The winner of this crossover will face Manchester City or Real Madrid in the grand final on 5/28.
Liverpool: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Naby Keita or Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago Alcántara; Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané and Diogo Jota or Luis Díaz. DT: Jurgen Klopp.
Villarreal: Gerónimo Rulli, Juan Foyth, Raúl Albiol, Pau Torres, Pervis Estupiñán; Giovani Lo Celso, Etienne Capoue, Daniel Parejo, Francis Coquelin, Manu Trigueros; and Arnaut Danjuma. DT: Unai Emery.