Liverpool takes on Villarreal at the Spanish giant’s intimidating El Madrigal stadium on Apr. 28 at 3.05 p.m. EST in a must-see Europa League semi-final match-up. This is the first leg, so Villarreal will want to put down a marker before the return game at Anfield. Watch the live stream here.
Who expected this? Liverpool have shocked some European giants to get to the Europa League semi-final, including beating Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-final. Now, they must face off against tricky Spanish opposition in the form of Villarreal on Apr. 28 in a huge game. Who will get the slight advantage in the first leg? Click down for the live stream!
Since Jurgen Klopp took over at Liverpool back in Oct., 2015 the reds haven’t looked back. They got to the Capital One Cup Final, only to narrowly lose to Manchester City in a thrilling game. Their Premier League position has improved drastically, they sit in 7th position and just 4 points behind 5th placed Manchester United. There’s a real optimism at Anfield and this European night shouldn’t hold any fear.
But they can’t take Villarreal lightly. The Spanish giants, who have reached a Champions League semi-final before, are 4th in La Liga and if they continue to stay in the top 4 they will be playing CL soccer next year. They boast a decent defense and Roberto Soldado, who has experience playing against Premier League opposition thanks to his short stint at Tottenham Hotspur, will pose the threat upfront.
Jurgen certainly has his players focused on the job in hand, and won’t entertain any ideas of talk about getting to the final just yet. “It is important for me to understand my players are here in the semi because they have always been ready for the moment and never thought about the next round,” he revealed at a press conference on Apr. 27. “So it is important to show them the respect they deserve. We have shown we can concentrate on the game. We are not about thinking about Basel and the final.”
It’s going to be a big game for both teams, with this being Liverpool and Villarreal’s only chance of silverware this season. Either way, there should be a few goals to cheer!
HollywoodLifers, do you think Villarreal will get the edge on Liverpool, or will the reds continue their great form and get a vital away goal? Tell us what you think the score will be below!