Jubilee at Jürgen Klopp: FC Liverpool continues to dream of the historic quadruple. The nerve-wracking Reds moved into the final of the Champions League at the Bayern Schreck FC Villarreal by a 3: 2 (0: 2) at the Bayern Schreck FC and will meet Manchester City or Real Madrid on May 28th. For team managers Klopp, it is already the third royal class participation with Liverpool after the 2018 defeat and the triumph 2019.
Fabinho (62.), The strong Joker Luis Diaz (67th) and Sadio Mane (74th) scored the redeeming goals in the Estadio de la Ceramica in the convincing second half of the guests.
After the 0: 2 in the first leg on the Anfield Road and the gates of Boulaye Dia (3rd) and Francis Coquelin (41st), Villarreal hoped in vain for a miracle. The hosts contested the last minutes after yellow-red against Etienne Capoue (86th, repeated foul game).
The Europa League winner can still proudly look back on the season in the premier class. In front of FC Bayern, the team of coach Unai Emery had eliminated the Italian football record champion Juventus Turin in the round of 16.
FC Liverpool still dreams of the quadruple
Liverpool, which only conceded a defeat this year, continued to look at the quadruple: the traditional club already won the league cup in February. In the FA Cup, Chelsea is waiting in the final on May 14, in the Premier League the Reds are only one point behind leaders Manchester City.
Klopp had warned of arrogance in Villarreal in Villarreal, sold out with 23,500 spectators. “We ignore the first leg result. We know that they will give everything they have,” said the 54-year-old, who had only extended his contract until 2026.
The former Dortmund master maker was quickly confirmed. The “yellow submarine” appeared in the initial phase in the Liverpool penalty area than in the entire first duel. The hosts quickly rewarded themselves for their brave appearance, Emery cheered.
FC Liverpool turns the game after the break
Liverpool seemed surprised and struggled with the pressing of the outsider. The dreaded pace and combination game of the guests, who had traveled with the flawless record of five wins in five away games in this royal class season, did not get going in the first half.
Klopp was visibly dissatisfied and rowed with his arms on the sidelines. It did not help. Villarreal remained the more dangerous team. Reds goalkeeper Alisson Becker risked the broken Giovani Lo Celso head and collar (37th). Five minutes later he was powerless against Coquelin’s header.
Klopp reacted and brought Diaz for Diogo Jota after the change – a good decision. Liverpool became more dominant, Villarreal withdrew more. A deflected spacer shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold clapped on the crossbar (55th). The guests now increased the pressure and rewarded themselves through Fabinho. Goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli looked unhappy. Diaz ensured the equalization with a head, Mane made everything clear afterwards. Rulli failed again.