The 2019 winners host the surprise package of the season at Anfield.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 14 league games in pursuit of the top spot. Jurgen Klopp’s men have been fantastic in Europe too, with the exception of the second leg against Benfica.
The top three are now a superb five with Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota. The highly streamlined nature of their attackers, ably supported from the midfield and backs, is overwhelming to opponents.
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– Liverpool FC (LFC) April 24, 2022
Everton tried to resist but ultimately failed, like so many before them. The twin giants of Virgil van Dijk and Joel Mario had no regrets in defense. A strong start in the first leg will be key to progressing to another final and keeping the quartet’s hopes alive.
Villarreal is somehow, in a way, in the Champions League semi-finals again. Many years have passed since the Yellow Submarine got this far. Unai Emery and his mastery of the Europa League have finally taken over the biggest stage. He has an excellent team of selfless players who were mediocre talents in their previous clubs.
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– Villarreal CF English (VillarrealCFen) 25 April 2022
Juan Foyth, Etienne Capoy, Francis Coquelin and others exemplified the excellent development under Emery. Both Juventus and Bayern Munich have paid the price for underestimating Villarreal. Therefore, anything other than losing in the first leg would be a huge result for both teams.
Compared to the other semi-finalists, this one doesn’t get a lot of headlines. However, it could be a bug because Villarreal is known to annoy the app.
Liverpool have no injury issues to deal with. The only unpredictable thing is where the three start attacking.
potential line: Alison. Alexander-Arnold, Van Dyck; Matip, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Henderson, Mane, Jota, Salah
Alberto Moreno and striker Gerard Moreno will miss this crucial match.
potential line: Rolly. Voith, Albiol, Torres, Pedraza; Capoy, Parejo, Lo Celso; Chokes, Danjuma
It’s hard to pick just one influential player for Liverpool. In modern form, it must be Sadio Mane. He thought the Senegalese’s position was in danger when Diaz signed. However, Mane showed why he continues to be one of the fiercest poachers of this generation.
Sadio Mane has been directly involved in 15 goals since the start of 2022 for club and country:
⚽️ 12 goals scored
🅰️ 3 passes
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His playing skills against Manchester United surprised everyone. Moreover, the pass for Liverpool’s second goal was a beautiful thing. With 14 league goals, there’s no chance Mane won’t be able to add more. Liverpool will be looking to target Raul Albiol, given that he is not the fastest. With wide players occupying the backs, Mane can get into dangerous positions and score.
For Villarreal, the only dangerous man is Arno Danjuma. The former Bournemouth striker scored 16 goals and four assists in all competitions. Danjuma has all the qualities that make him a very serious proposition. His speed, finish, and versatility during the final third have enabled him to achieve great success.
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Danjuma has been the focal point of the threat for Unai Emery and opponents have struggled to contain him. Liverpool shows weakness when defending against fast attackers. The backline was repeatedly beaten by Anthony Gordon over the weekend.
Danjuma could follow the same scheme and Villarreal would be in action. With Gerard Moreno absent, his role will gain even more importance.
On paper, there should only be one winner. However, the same was also true of Villarreal’s last two opponents. Liverpool can never be complacent and take things easy at home. It must be exciting given that the Yellow Submarine is not known to be regressing. football The Reds are expected to win 2-0.