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72 min: Liverpool double-substitution: Sadio Mane and Jordan Henderson off, Diogo Jota and Naby Keita on.

71 min: Rulli flaps at a cross and Luis Diaz tries to hook the ball throughout the face of aim. Raul Albiol hacks clear along with his facet in a complete defensive dither.

70 min: Estupinan concedes a nook as Liverpool proceed to show the screw.

68 min: Liverpool are rampant. Luis Diaz curls a low, deflected shot vast of the upright moments after Rulli had parried a Virgil van Dijk shot from distance that appeared to swerve in numerous instructions because it approached him.

66 min: Albiol anticipates and cuts out a Salah backheel into the trail of Trent Alexander-Arnold because the Liverpool right-back went marauding into the Villarreal penalty space after linking up along with his team-mate and galloping ahead in anticipation of the return move.

65 min: On the far publish and on the volley, Andy Robertson sidefoots residence a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross from the best. Offside and there was nothing marginal about this name.

63 min: Replays and a freeze-frame present Mane managed to remain onside by a whisker as he ran on to a beautifuully weighted quick move from Mo Salah within the Villarreal penalty space earlier than prodding residence Liverpool’s second.

61 min: Villarreal are on the ropes and in a complete panic because the tie threatens to get utterly away from them. Gio Lo Celso is booked for a foul on Andy Robertson.

60 min: Salah dribbles into the Villarreal field and goes down, apparently the sufferer of a Juan Foyth clothesline. No penalty, regardless of vociferous appeals from Liverpool’s gamers and followers.

58 min: Henderson’s been having having an ineffective sport by his personal lofty requirements however he helped hearth his facet forward. His tried cross took an enormous deflection off Pervis Estupinan, looped over Rulli and in to the Villarrealk aim. It’s gone down as an Estupinan personal aim however there have been, it have to be mentioned, a queue of Liverpool gamers ready to transform the cross if the Ecuadorian hadn’t caught out his leg.

57 min: Sure he was. Mane’s aim survives a VAR test from Tomasz Kwiatkowski and Liverpool are two objectives to the nice. That’s his twentieth of the season, his sixth in his previous seven appearances.

GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Villarreal (Mane)

Now it’s two! Sadio Mane doubles Liverpool’s lead, scoring their second in two minutes. He runs on to a weighted quick move from Salah and stabs residence, however was he offside?

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane scores his team’s second goal.
Sadio Mane doubles Liverpool’s lead. {Photograph}: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Villarreal (Estupinan og)

Liverpool are in entrance. A Jordan Henderson cross from the best takes a depraved deflection, loops over the outstretched hand of Rulli and into the Villarreal aim.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is congratulated by his team-mates after his cross is deflected into the net for the opening goal of the night.
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is congratulated by his team-mates after his cross is deflected into the online for the opening aim of the evening. {Photograph}: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian
Liverpool fans celebrate.
Liverpool followers have a good time. {Photograph}: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

52 min: From a central place, Alexander-Arnold dinks a stunning ball into the Villarreal penalty space for Luis Diaz. He doesn’t join correctly along with his header and Rulli gathers comfortably.

50 min: Fabinho hacks the ball residence from seven yards at a Liverpool nook however his “aim” is dominated out for offside. Virgil van Dijk was offside within the build-up as Sadio Mane headed the outswinger again into the mixer.

48 min: Villarreal left-back Pervis Estupinan is booked for a foul on Salah close to the sting of the Villarreal field. Nothing comes of the free-kick however Liverpool proceed to use strain.

46 min: Mo Salah sends a cross gliding into the Villarreal field and Villarreal centre-half Pau Torres will get his head to it. Fortunately for him, Geronimo Rulli was readily available to catch his inadvertently goal-bound “effort”.

Second half: Liverpool 0-0 Villarreal

46 min: Play resumes with no modifications in personnel on both facet.

Half-time: Liverpool 0-0 Villarreal

Peep! A primary half that was extraordinarily low on high quality is delivered to an in depth by our Polish referee, Szymon Marciniak. Liverpool have dominated all through however Villarreal’s defence has been nothing if not stubborn. The Spanish facet have frsutrated their hosts, who’ve been conspicuously missing a little bit of innovative or killer move within the closing third.

45+1 min: Villarreal take pleasure in a uncommon tour out of their very own half however it doesn’t final lengthy.

42 min: Oof! Thiago Alcantara hits the highest of the left upright with a curled shot from distance.

Liverpool’s Thiago shoots from distance and hits the woodwork.
Liverpool’s Thiago shoots from distance … {Photograph}: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian
Liverpool’s Thiago reacts after a missed scoring opportunity.
And reacts after hitting the woodwork. {Photograph}: Jon Tremendous/AP

41 min: Mane overhits a brief move to Luis Diaz on the sting of the Villarreal penalty space. Juan Foyth slides in to steal the ball with a superbly timed if barely dangerous sort out. The denizens of the Kop enchantment for a penalty however none is forthcoming.

39 min: Luis Diaz is penalised for a foul on Dani Parejo close to the sting of the Villarreal penalty space. The guests are making this sport as attritional as doable for Liverpool and the natives within the stands are getting audibly stressed.

36 min: With Villarreal on a uncommon assault, Dani Parejo tries to pick Lo Celso with a ball from the touchline. His goal will get a contact on the ball however is on the stretch and might’t management it.

35 min: From the byline, Alexander-Arnold first-times a Robertson ball from deep throughout the the Villarreal penalty space. Salah will get on the tip of his cross however steer it vast.

Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold in action with Villarreal’s Pervis Estupinan.
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold’s first time cross evades Villarreal’s Pervis Estupinan … {Photograph}: Phil Noble/Reuters
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah attempts a shot at goal and misses.
And finds Mohamed Salah however the Liverpool ahead can’t discover the goal. {Photograph}: Jon Tremendous/AP

34 min: A Salah volley is blocked by a Giovani Lo Celso lunge. It’s a Liverpool nook, which Villarreal clear.

33 min: Liverpool preserve hammering on the Villarreal door. A Mane shot is deflected previous Rulli by Raul Albiol however drifts narrowly vast of the upright.

32 min: Villarreal goalkeeper Rulli parries a shot into no-man’s land however will get away with it, then Virgil van Dijk is booked for a bodycheck on Samuel Chukwueze.

31 min: Liverpool assault down the best once more with ALexander-Arnold and Salah linking as much as good impact. Salah tries to pick a Mane run however Pau Torres intercepts and clears.

27 min: Pau Torres goes to floor after delivery a ball within the face from a Trent Alexander-Aarnold free-kick. There’s a break in play whereas the cartoon budgies flying round his head are waved away by the physio.

A free kick from Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold hits the Villarreal wall and hits Pau Torres in the face.
Villarreal’s Pau Torres takes one for the group. {Photograph}: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

27 min: Mo Salah curls a left-footed effort slightly excessive and vast after being teed up by Mane. Shut however no cigar.

25 min: A heavy contact from Luis Diaz, who was making an attempt to pick Trent Alexander-Arnold close to the byline, skids vast. Villarreal goal-kick.

24 min: Coquelin blocks an tried Trent Alexander-Arnold cross, placing the ball out for a nook. Nothing comes of it.

23 min: Thiago picks out Henderson close to the byline and his low cross-shot from a really tight angle goes into the side-netting. Within the Villarreal aim, Rulli had any hazard coated at his close to publish as he ushered the ball vast.

20 min: With virtually 1 / 4 of this sport gone, it’s honest to say it isn’t a reprise of final evening’s match between Manchester Metropolis and Actual Madrid when it comes to pleasure or leisure. Each groups will probably be blissful sufficient with how issues are going to this point however Liverpool are very a lot on prime.

Villarreal manager Unai Emery (right) and his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp both claim a throw-in.
Villarreal supervisor Unai Emery (proper) and his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp each declare a throw-in. {Photograph}: John Powell/Liverpool FC/Getty Pictures

18 min: Arnaud Danjuma receives the ball midway contained in the Liverpool half and tries to play it vast to Samuel Chukwueze on the best. Andy Robertson intercepts.

16 min: Robertson’s inswinger is headed clear by Raul Albiol on the sting of the six-yard field.

15 min: Liverpool are very a lot within the ascendency however Villarreal are hanging in there. Nook for the hosts.

14 min: Luis Diaz tries to curve a shot residence from outdoors the Villarreal penalty space. Geronimo Rulli blocks it however fails to carry on to it, however catches it at his second try.

Villarreal’s Pau Torres shields the ball from Liverpool’s Sadio Mane as his goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli pounces on it.
Villarreal’s Pau Torres shields the ball from Liverpool’s Sadio Mane as his goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli pounces on it. {Photograph}: Phil Noble/Reuters

12 min: Mane beats the Villarreal offside entice to run on to a dinked Salah cross from the best. The ball is barely behind him and he has to contort himself in mid-air. Vast.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane manages to get his head to the ball but can’t direct it on target.
Liverpool’s Sadio Mane manages to get his head to the ball however can’t direct it on the right track. {Photograph}: Phil Noble/Reuters

11 min: Villarreal win their first nook of the sport however the supply doesn’t clear the primary man. Liverpool clear.

7 min: An Ibrahima Konate header lands on the ft of Sadio Mane simply outdoors the Villarreal six-yard field. He wasn’t anticipating it, isn’t in a position to management the ball and it clanks off his shin and out of hurt’s method.

5 min: Andy Robertson makes an attempt to go a cross-field move from Thiago throughout the face of the Villarreal aim. Vast. There’s one other thumbs-up for the Spaniard, who should really feel like he’s been granted an viewers with Paul McCartney, such is the variety of approving thumbs being held aloft in his path.

3 min: A raking Thiago Alcantara move from deep aimed in the direction of Mo Salah is slightly too weighty and bounces vast of the Villarreal aim. The Egyptian provides his team-mate the thumbs-up.

2 min: Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk change a number of passes in fast succession, the previous vast on the left touchline and his Dutch team-mate about 10 yards contained in the Villarreal half, in the course of the pitch.

Liverpool v Villarreal is go …

1 min: Liverpool get the ball rolling on a balmy spring night on Merseyside. They’re attacking the Kop within the first half, having been compelled to vary ends by their guests, who gained the toss.

Not lengthy now: With the gamers able to emerge from the tunnel and one-tenth of the inhabitants of the city of Villarreal mingling with the locals at Anfield, You’ll By no means Stroll Alone blares out over the PA. Each units of followers are giving it loads as they sing alongside.

Liverpool fans cheer their side.
{Photograph}: The Guardian
Villarreal’s supporters cheer their side
{Photograph}: Lluís Gené/AFP/Getty Pictures

That Liverpool group: Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp makes three modifications to the group that beat Everton on Sunday for tonight’s sport.

Ibrahima Konate replaces Joel Matip in central defence, Jordan Henderson is in for Naby Keita in midfield and Luis Diaz begins forward of Diogo Jota. Kostas Tsimikas and Curtis Jones are each absent on account of non-Covid-related sickness.

Liverpool fans cheer the arrival of the Liverpool team bus.
Liverpool followers cheer the arrival of the Liverpool group bus. {Photograph}: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian

Well timed reminder that Villarreal subsidised half of their followers journey/match ticket prices – totalling €300 per fan. The membership’s season ticket holders can purchase a ticket for the house leg for as little as €10. Exhibiting it’s doable for golf equipment to respect followers and deal with them correctly. https://t.co/aTcv0Ggg18

— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) April 27, 2022

Liverpool v Villarreal line-ups

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Mane, Diaz.

Subs: Milner, Keita, Gomez, Adrian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Jota, Origi, Matip, Kelleher, Elliott, Williams.

Villarreal: Rulli, Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan, Chukwueze, Parejo, Capoue, Coquelin, Lo Celso, Danjuma.

Subs: Sergio Asenjo, Mario, Alcacer, Iborra, Trigueros, Dia, Pena, Mandi, Moi Gomez, Pedraza, Aurier, Jorgensen.

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

This is Anfield
That is Anfield. {Photograph}: Jan Kruger/UEFA/Getty Pictures

Klopp urges Liverpool to cherish ‘particular’ Champions League semi-final – video

Tonight’s match officers

  • Referee: Szymon Marciniak
  • Assistant referees: Paweł Sokolnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz
  • Fourth official: Slavko Vinčić
  • Video Assistant Referee: Tomasz Kwiatkowski
Szymon Marciniak
Polish referee Szymon Marciniak is accountable for topnight’s match at Anfield. {Photograph}: Kieran McManus/REX/Shutterstock

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Early group information

Roberto Firmino is Liverpool’s solely harm concern, the Brazilian striker having missed Liverpool’s previous two Premier League video games with a foot harm. Whereas it’s nothing critical, tonight’s sport is predicted to come back a mite too quickly for him. “I don’t suppose [he is ready] but,” the Liverpool boss informed the membership web site. “He’s working outdoors and that’s good, clearly, however I’m not positive.

Villarreal are more likely to be a few Morenos down, with former Liverpool defender Alberto nonetheless recovering from a cruciate harm that he suffered in early March. His namesake-but-no-relation Gerard can also be a doubt with a hamstring harm that dominated the striker out of his facet’s derby win over Valencia final Tuesday. Winger Yeremi Pino positively misses out with a twanged hamstring.

VIllarreal training
Villarreal’s gamers are put by means of their paces at coaching. {Photograph}: Domenech Castello/EPA

Champions League: Liverpool v Villarreal

With the mud barely settled on final evening’s thriller on the Etihad Stadium, Liverpool and Villarreal go toe-to-toe at Anfield within the first leg of this season’s different Champipons League semi-final.

They’ve a tough act to comply with however whereas Villarreal are the least fancied of the groups within the final 4, their elimination of each Juventus and Bayern Munich within the knockout phases means solely the very naive would underestimate the capabilities of the group from the small city in Castellón. Kick-off at Anfield is at 8pm (BST) however keep tuned within the meantime for group information and build-up.


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