Relaxed Klopp tells Liverpool to give it a good go

The pressure is on Liverpool after Villarreal snatched a late win last week in the first leg of a semi-final tie that concludes at Anfield – not that you would know it listening to Jürgen Klopp.

Jürgen Klopp: not exactly overwhelmed by any perceived pressure
Jürgen Klopp: not exactly overwhelmed by any perceived pressure ©Getty Images
  • Substitute Adrián López's late goal won first leg at the last for Villarreal
  • The Spanish side are on a club record 12-match unbeaten run in Europe
  • Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in their last 11 outings
  • Villarreal, who are 280 minutes without conceding, eyeing a first major European final
  • The winner will face Sevilla or Shakhtar in the final in Basel on 18 May

Possible lineups
Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Touré, Moreno; Allen, Can, Milner; Lallana, Coutinho; Sturridge.
Out: Origi (ankle/foot), Henderson (knee), Rossiter (hamstring), Ings (knee), Gomez (knee), Sakho (suspended)

Villarreal: Asenjo; Mario Gaspar, Musacchio, Víctor Ruiz, Jaume Costa; Jonathan Dos Santos, Bruno Soriano, Trigueros, Denis Suárez; Soldado, Bakambu.
Out: none

Emre Can has shaken off a knock
Emre Can has shaken off a knock©Getty Images

Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool manager
If we play our best then we can go to the final. These [Liverpool] players gave me a lot of positive signs about their qualities. We are ready. All that we have done since [I arrived in] October was to be perfectly prepared for a game like this.

But there is absolutely no pressure from outside. Everything we do we do for all of us. I know how difficult it will be but I am more a person who takes the chance than fears trying something – so let's give it a go.

First-leg highlights: Villarreal clinch late win
First-leg highlights: Villarreal clinch late win

Marcelino, Villarreal coach
We come here full of hope. We're going to give everything we have got and we will enjoy ourselves. Our main aim is to be competitive. We feel we have the capabilities to make it through to the final. In no way whatsoever will we be affected negatively by the atmosphere; if anything we will be affected positively.

It's going to be different to the first leg. We expect them to push us high up the pitch from the start and to play more directly. They may play a different system with a different player or two but it won't condition what we do. We know where they're dangerous and the important thing is to counter their strengths.

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Weekend results
Swansea 3-1 Liverpool (André Ayew 20 67, Cork 33; Benteke 65)

Valencia 0-2 Villarreal (Samu 14, Adrián López 33)

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Villarreal: WWDLLW
Liverpool: LLDWWW

Who is Cédric Bakambu?
Who is Cédric Bakambu?

Reporter's view: Simon Hart (@UEFAcomSimonH)
Jürgen Klopp seemed to think Villarreal overdid the celebrations after their first-leg victory and his warning afterwards that "it's only half-time" should be taken seriously by the Spaniards, for Liverpool have showed repeatedly down the years that if any team can turn around a deficit in front of their own fans, it is them. They have played nine semi-final second legs at Anfield in their proud European history and won eight of them.

Did you know?
Villarreal are yet to reach a final and the two previous occasions they made the last four the team that beat them went on to lift the trophy. Read more in our match background.

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