Champions League Semifinal Updates: Liverpool vs. Villarreal

Rory Smith

VILLARREAL, Spain — Liverpool knows better than most that nothing is quite so dangerous in the Champions League as assuming a matter is settled. There was a reason Jürgen Klopp did not offer Anfield his usual euphoric, chest-thumping celebration after beating Villarreal, 2-0, last week. Nobody should make the mistake of thinking Liverpool’s place in the final is secure.

Villarreal will, as its manager Unai Emery said, need to produce the “perfect game” to prevent Klopp from guiding Liverpool to a third final in five years, but it has reason for hope: Bayern Munich lost to Villarreal at the Estadio de la Ceramica in the quarterfinals; Gerard Moreno, the centerpiece of its attack, should be back in the team despite an injury; and…

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