The match between Villarreal and Liverpool at the Estadio de la Cerámica will be their fourth encounter, with the first leg taking place at Anfield. Liverpool’s first visit to the stadium was in April 2016, when they were defeated 0-1, due to Adrian Lopez’s 92nd-minute winner in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final.
Liverpool, on the other hand, overcame the deficit to win 3-0 at Anfield and advance to the final. In the return leg on Tuesday, Villarreal will need to win by at least two goals.
Villarreal qualified for the Champions League for the first time last season after finishing third in La Liga. Villarreal will have a dependency task in the second leg because Gerard Moreno, an important midfielder, will be unavailable. In La Liga, the Spanish international has nine goals and three assists, but he will miss the match.
Samuel Chukwueze, a 22-year-old Nigerian who has two goals in the CL, one of which was the eventual winner against Bayern Munich in the quarter-final, will be in charge of the creative department in his absence.
In La Liga, the young Nigerian has three goals and three assists and might give the necessary width on the flanks. Liverpool has only lost once in 2022, a 1-0 Champions League loss at home to Inter Milan. Jurgen Klopp’s side has won 23 of their 28 games. In that time, the Reds scored 61 goals and conceded 16 goals.
Unai Emery’s team, on the other hand, cannot be dismissed, especially when playing at Estadio de la Cerámica, where they have not lost since 2022. The albatross could be the number of goals required to unseat Klopp’s rampaging side while keeping their doors locked.
The Yellow Submarine had six victories in ten matches at the Ceramica in all competitions in 2022, scoring 21 goals and conceding five.
In five games, they scored two or more goals. Five goals were scored against Levante and Espanyol, two against Valencia and Atletico Madrid, and three against Mallorca.
Kick-off time and prediction:
The match between Villarreal and Liverpool will take place at the Estadio de la Cerámica (El Madrigal) in Villarreal, Spain, on Tuesday May 3 at 8pm BST.
Emery admits that scoring more than twice against Liverpool is “difficult,” but believes it is possible due to their strong home form. “We’re playing well at home.” It’s difficult to come back from a 2-0 deficit. We’ll try to set up conditions in the game that will allow us to get close to a tie. We benefit from the elimination of the away goals rule.
Liverpool’s advantage was aided by the fact that they were playing at home, but we were able to defend well and avoid handing them an advantage.
“We’re excited to get started on our game. We wish to share this special occasion with our supporters. ” Emery went on to say. In the 2021/22 UCL season, Liverpool won all five of their away matches, scoring 15 goals while conceding only five.
Despite having a two-goal lead, Klopp expects a difficult second leg. We must be prepared to play a world-class game because they will press us hard and try to play as many minutes as possible.