Liverpool vs Villarreal Champions League semi-final preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, predicted line-ups
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
When is it? How can you watch it? What are the possible line-ups? All you need to know about the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg between Liverpool and Villarreal.
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Liverpool and Villarreal meet in the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday 27 April.
Liverpool vs Villarreal at a glance
When: Wednesday 27 April (21:00 CET kick-off)
Where: Anfield, Liverpool
What: UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg (second leg 3 May)
How to follow: Build-up and live coverage will appear here
Where to watch Liverpool vs Villarreal on TV
Fans can find their local UEFA Champions League broadcast partner(s) here.
What do you need to know?
With Manchester City taking on Real Madrid in the other fixture, the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League semi-finals are both England vs Spain affairs, and Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp has history on his side against Villarreal. The German coach was in charge when the sides met in the 2015/16 UEFA Europa League semi-finals, a 3-0 second-leg win at Anfield taking the Reds to the final following a 1-0 defeat in Villarreal.
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Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago Alcántara; Salah, Mané, Luis Díaz
Misses next match if booked: none
Yellow cards expired
In accordance with Article 52.04 of the official competition regulations, all yellow cards expired on the completion of the quarter-finals. This means no player can miss the final by virtue of picking up three cautions which did not result in a red card.
Villarreal: Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupiñán; Parejo, Capoue, Coquelin; Chukwueze, Lo Celso, Danjuma
Misses next match if booked: none
Form (all competitions, most recent first): WWWDDW
Where they stand: 2nd in Premier League, FA Cup final, League Cup winners
Form (all competitions, most recent first): WWDDWL
Where they stand: 7th in Spanish Liga
Matthew Howarth, Liverpool reporter
Despite the visitors' superb knockout wins against Juventus and Bayern, the overwhelming majority of Liverpool supporters fully expect their side to reach a third UEFA Champions League final in five seasons at Villarreal’s expense. The Yellow Submarine are certain to offer stern resistance at Anfield, but the Reds are on an imperious run of form on home soil and anything other than another victory for Jürgen Klopp's team on Wednesday would be a considerable upset.
Graham Hunter, Villarreal reporter
It was also for a semi-final that Villarreal last visited Anfield, but the Yellow Submarine will want no repeat of that 2015/16 Europa League tie, when they suffered a 3-0 defeat. Of course, it was Unai Emery who then faced Liverpool in the final as coach of Sevilla – and the Basque would surely sign up for the 3-1 win he imposed on Jürgen Klopp's men in Basel. This time around, he must find a way to cope without Gerard Moreno, whose hamstring injury could hardly have been worse timed, while replicating the exceptional positional discipline shown in Turin and Munich in the previous rounds.
What the coaches say
Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool manager: "We did a proper analysis. I had a lot of respect for [Unai] Emery and Villarreal before, but I watched them properly and wow! Impressive. He is a detail-obsessed manager. Different ways to press and react to different results. A world-class coach doing an incredible job."
Unai Emery, Villarreal coach: "Any side that is in a Champions League semi-final is there because they deserve to be. Liverpool know we have a great European presence, that we have been able to eliminate two great teams [in Juventus and Bayern]. They know it won't be easy. They will feel like favourites, of course, but will have respect for us. This is the best Liverpool side that I have seen. I see that as an additional motivation: to try and beat the best-ever Liverpool."
Where is the 2022 Champions League final?
The Stade de France in Saint-Denis will host the final on Saturday 28 May at 21:00 CET.
The winners gain a place in the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage, if they have not qualified via their domestic competition.