Villarreal, Spain – Liverpool embark on their quadruple chase. Although they can now prepare for the 10th Champions League final later this month, against Manchester City or Real Madrid in Paris, they needed another display of the club’s incredible flexibility in European competition on Tuesday to win 3-2. Definitely against Villarreal in the stadium. د لا سرامیکا.
Jürgen Klopp’s squad was so weak in the first half – overcoming Spanish opponents, protruding tackles and far-fetched – that goals from Bola Dia and Francis Coquelin gave Villarreal a 2-0 lead and thwarted Liverpool’s two goals. Last week, Liverpool’s three touches in Villarreal’s penalty area before the half were the lowest of all in the first half of the season.
If referee Danny Macley had awarded a penalty to the home side in the 37th minute – four minutes before Cocklin’s header – after Alison Becker knocked down Giovanni Lu Celso’s goalkeeper in the 37th minute, Liverpool could have scored in the second half. The result is 3-0 and the season threatens them. In front of the blizzard explode 23,000 yellow flags.
But the club’s decision to replace Diego Jotta with Luis Diaz at break turned the game in Liverpool’s favor as the Colombian winger changed his approach from surrendering to attacking ambition.
In Villarreal, Diaz slowed them down in the first half, allowing Liverpool to take control of the game. When Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Roli helped the club with a series of costly mistakes, Diaz changed his mind, making it inevitable for Liverpool to reach their third Champions League final in five seasons.
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“It was really special to come back as if we were back in the second half,” Klopp said. “Luis (Diaz) had a big impact – Diogo Jota had no problem in the first half, we had 11 problems. We just had to mix it up a bit. I wanted the players to be mental monsters from the first minute. But Villarreal in the half First he accepted all the risks and we had a football problem to solve.
We have reached the final, but three of the matches are not over yet. “The finals will appear in our schedule and we have to be ready for them, but it will be hard work.”
While the record shows that Liverpool reached Paris with a 5-2 victory overall, reaching the half-time final at the small Villarreal stadium was nothing but certain.
Liverpool completed the so-called “Istanbul Miracle” with a 3-0 defeat to AC Milan to win the Champions League final in 2005 and made up for a 3-0 1-0 defeat at Anfield to Barcelona. In the semi-finals of 2019, therefore, the comeback of the second half against the winners of last season’s Europa League has a way of matching their previous epic glory nights.
But this victory and performance will enter Liverpool folklore as it provides evidence of features that are often overlooked due to the club’s world-class quality.
To achieve great achievements, all athletes or teams have to overcome some kind of adversity along the way, and this was undoubtedly a test of Liverpool’s fighting spirit and spirit.
Liverpool shakes sharply in the first half. Villarreal boss Onay Emery sent his team out with a game plan to keep up the pressure on Liverpool and put pressure on their defense. In midfield, Etienne Capo (sacked for the second time in the 85th minute), Danny Parkho and Francis Coquelin were fantastic, while Lu Celso found space to make a hole in Liverpool’s defense.
In front, Gerard Moreno and Dia Virgil Van Dyke and Ebrahim Conate were tortured. Villarreal also took advantage of gaps on Liverpool’s right, where both Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold were unable to complete their defensive duties. Dia’s goal in the third minute from Capo’s dismissal gave the team the impression that they could hurt Liverpool and they dominated the game and Koklin made it 2-0 in the 41st minute.
This, of course, led to the most important half of the club’s season, and he moved forward with the introduction of Diaz, who has been very exciting since his 50 50million move from Porto in January.
With Diaz thrown to the left, Liverpool began to take possession and create chances, and in the 62nd minute, when Fabinho shot from a roll, he took the lead.
Five minutes later, Diaz headed in Alexander-Arnold, making it 2-2 at night and 4-2 overall, until Sadio Mane in the 74th minute after Rollie left the box and lost the ball. , Completed the flower.
Liverpool changed the result within half an hour from the time they were eliminated, and this was only due to the courage of the coach and the ability of the team to hit the gear.
Only the best teams can do it so quickly and with such a devastating effect – and Liverpool are in that group. But so are Manchester City and Real Madrid, who meet in Madrid on Wednesday to decide who will face Liverpool on 28 May.
Real have had an unforgettable battle against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea this season, but City have yet to be tested in this way. However, if the issue comes up against Liverpool against City in Paris, there will be no question about the mentality of the club and its players – and the opposition will know that.
That’s why this win was so important in Villarreal. It sent a message to others that Liverpool never knew when they would lose, so they could win four trophies this season.
No English team has won four titles – the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup, the Champions League and the English Premier League – in one season, but Liverpool are one step closer to a convincing approach.