VILL vs LIV: Liverpool will be travelling to Spain as they face Villarreal in a crucial second leg semifinal tie at the Estadio de la Ceramica in the UEFA Champions League.
Villarreal will have to make deep inroads as they are trailing by two goals and are on the verge of elimination from the semifinal. They did put up a valiant show in the first leg but Jurgen Klopp’s team was too good for them.
Their immense defensive performance has been the bedrock of their success but their need of scoring goals might prompt them to alter their strategy a bit in a bid to have more goal scoring chances.
They suffered a jolt in the La Liga as they were shocked by relegation candidate Alaves in the Spanish top flight. Unai Emery fielded a second string side keeping in mind the Champions League tie and now their focus solely will be on Liverpool.
Their unbeaten run in all competitions is stretched over a 12 games period and teams like Juventus and Bayern Munich have failed to see off games against the Spanish opponent.
They need to prove again that those performances in the previous rounds were not flukes and they will stand their ground against the high flying Reds.
Liverpool are on course towards their second final appearance in four years and they remain the favourites for this year’s Champions League title.
They had a hard fought win over Newcastle United in the Premier League and are in hot pursuit of the domestic title too. They are also scheduled to take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final and Jurgen Klopp currently has a lot on his plate.
The second leg might be a dead rubber but the Reds cannot take things for granted. However, their away form in the European competition has been pretty good as they have won their last five away games in the tournament so far and will be ready for a tough Spanish challenge.
VILL vs LIV, UEFA Champions League 2021/22
Date: 4th May 2022
Time: 12:30 AM IST
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica
Villarreal Champions League Form
Liverpool Champions League Form
For Villarreal Yeremy Pino and Alberto Moreno are certain absentees while Arnaut Danjuma couldn’t play the Alaves match. Gerard Moreno is uncertain for the second leg but Unai Emery will ring in a number of changes in the hope to get something positive from the match.
Roberto Firmino remains the only long term absentee for the travelling party while Merseyside derby hero Divock Origi missed the match against Newcastle United.
Villarreal Possible Lineup
Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan; Capoue, Coquelin, Parejo; Lo Celso; Chukwueze, Dia
Liverpool Possible Lineup
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Diaz
Despite Villarreal’s jubilant home form the Reds are expected to deny them any opportunity
VILL vs LIV Fantasy XI No. 1
Alisson; Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Torres; Thiago, Fabinho, Parejo, Lo Celso; Salah, Diaz, Dia
VILL vs LIV Fantasy XI No. 2
Alisson; Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Torres, Foyth; Thiago, Fabinho, Lo Celso; Salah, Diaz, Dia