Liverpool 2-0 Villarreal recap: score, goals, highlights, 2021/22 Champions League semi-final first leg

What the coaches said: Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool

Losing the 2016 Europa League final to Unai Emery’s Sevilla:

“That night was hard to take, we played a really good first half, we should have scored more, scored one more [that] didn’t count, I can’t remember the reason, to be honest. But it was a game like No 64 or whatever this season and it was an incredibly tough season for us, a lot of injury issues when we got there, the players only came back a few days before the final. So you can’t really compare football games, especially when six years separate them. Listen, would anything have been different since then if we had won that night? I don’t think so, to be honest.

Impressed by Emery’s Villarreal:

“Of course we did the right analysis. I had a lot of respect for Unai Emery and Villarreal before, because I saw the games but with one eye against Bayern, a little bit Juve. But between- time, I watched them properly and, wow, impressive. Unai looks like, if you look at his team, like a detail-obsessed manager who prepares for all different situations in a game and that’s what his team executes. It’s really, really good – different ways to build, different ways to press, different ways to react on different results. Really, really impressive. Obviously Unai is a world class coach and does an amazing job there. .

(Photo: Andrew Powell/Getty; quotes via liverpoolfc.com)

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