Liverpool’s hunt for European glory has put them on a collision course with a former foe as they host Villarreal in the Champions League semi-finals.

The Reds are still firmly in the race to achieve a historic quadruple having beat rivals Everton 2-0 on Sunday to continue their domestic charge.

Liverpool’s charge to an unprecedented quadruple is well and truly on


Liverpool’s charge to an unprecedented quadruple is well and truly on

Jurgen Klopp’s attention now switches back to Europe, where he takes on Unai Emery, who denied the German the chance to make the Europa League his first piece of silverware as Liverpool boss in 2016.

But Klopp exacted his revenge when the Spaniard was in charge of Arsenal as his Reds went unbeaten in four meetings and scored 14 times.

Liverpool v Villarreal: Date and start time

This Champions League clash will take place on Wednesday, April 27.

The semi-final first leg at Anfield will kick-off at 8pm.

Liverpool defeated Benfica 6-4 on aggregate to qualify for the last four, while the Yellow Submarine sent Bayern Munich packing with a 2-1 win.

Ironically these two sides have only met in Europe once before, in 2016, where both team won their respective home legs but Liverpool progressed to the final to face Emery’s Sevilla.

Emery’s only win over Klopp as a manager came in their only European meeting


Emery’s only win over Klopp as a manager came in their only European meeting

Liverpool v Villarreal: TV channel and live stream

This match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2 with live coverage starting from 7pm.

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Updates will also be live on talkSPORT throughout the evening.

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Alberto Moreno was playing for Liverpool the last time the club faced Villarreal


Alberto Moreno was playing for Liverpool the last time the club faced Villarreal

Liverpool v Villarreal: Team news

The hosts almost have a fully fit squad to choose from with Roberto Firmino the only slight injury doubt.

The Brazilian missed the Merseyside derby with a minor foot issue but Klopp otherwise has a full list of options to choose from.

For the away side meanwhile, Alberto Moreno will miss out on a reunion with his former teammates due to a ruptured cruciate ligament.

Star striker Gerard Moreno is also sidelined with a hamstring problem but ex-Arsenal man Francis Coquelin is expected to return.

Klopp has already taken Liverpool to two Champions League finals during his tenure


Klopp has already taken Liverpool to two Champions League finals during his tenure

Liverpool v Villarreal: What has been said?

Speaking after Liverpool qualified for the semi-finals, Klopp told BT Sport: “If I could do an analysis of Villarreal right now that would be very strange.

“I saw the results, the game was very impressive.

“I only picked up pieces but to beat Juventus and Bayern Munich they deserve to be in the Champions League semi-finals.

“Unai Emery is the king of the cups, it is unbelievable what he is doing. But give me a bit of time to prepare it properly.”

Liverpool v Villarreal: Match facts

  • Since the start of the 2009-10 season, the inaugural UEFA Europa League campaign, Villareal manager Unai Emery has progressed from 84% of his UEFA Europa League/Champions League knockout ties (31/37), the second-best ratio of any manager to have taken charge of at least 10, after only Zinedine Zidane (14/16 – 88%).
  • Of the remaining players in the competition this season, only Karim Benzema (15) has registered more secondary chances created than Villarreal’s Dani Parejo (14), which is the pass played before the final pass sets up a shot or goal, highlighting a player’s influence on their team’s ability to find shooting opportunities.
  • Only in 2017-18 (10) has Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scored more UEFA Champions League goals in a single campaign than the eight he’s notched this season, moving his tally for the club onto 33. The Egyptian is now just three behind both Didier Drogba (Chelsea) and Sergio Agüero (Man City) for the most goals netted in the competition for an English side (36 each).
  • Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno has registered four assists in the UEFA Champions League this term, with only three players managing more. Indeed, since 2003-04, this is the joint-most by a Spanish player in their debut campaign in the competition, along with Gabi (2013-14) and Isaac Cuenca (2011-12).
  • This will be the fourth time out of Villarreal’s last five semi-final appearances in major European competition to see them come up against English opposition at the final four stage, with their only other encounter in this competition coming against Arsenal in 2005-06. The Spanish side were eliminated 1-0 on aggregate, with Villarreal also being the final visiting side to play a European match at the old Highbury stadium.
  • Of the 12 sides to have reached the semi-finals of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League on at least five occasions, only Benfica (7/8) and AC Milan (10/12) have a higher ratio of progressing to the final than Liverpool (82%), who have managed to reach the final on nine of their previous 11 occasions.
  • Liverpool have reached the semi-final of the European Cup/UEFA Champions League for the 12th time, with no English side playing in the final four more often (level with Manchester United). Indeed, as a club, the Reds have reached the semi-finals of the League Cup, FA Cup and European Cup in the same campaign for the very first time.
  • During his managerial career, Villarreal boss Unai Emery has faced Liverpool five times (once with Sevilla and four times with Arsenal), with those matches producing 26 goals (5.2 per game on average), and both teams netting in each. The only European meeting between man and club was the 2016 UEFA Europa League final, in which Emery’s Sevilla side beat Jürgen Klopp’s Reds 3-1.
  • Since a 2-1 victory in Merseyside over Everton back in August 2005, Villarreal haven’t managed to win any of their last eight away games in England in all competitions (D3 L5); already tasting defeat at Old Trafford in the group stages earlier this season.
  • Liverpool and Villarreal have met just twice before in European competition, with both sides winning their home leg of the 2015-16 UEFA Europa League semi-finals, when Liverpool would go on to progress to the final against Unai Emery’s Sevilla.


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