Dhe was overjoyed Jürgen Klopp repeatedly punched his heart and hugged his players with relief. The team manager and Liverpool FC continued to hold out their chance for the historic treble. The formidable Reds qualified for the Champions League final on May 28 at the Stade de France thanks to a 3-2 (0-2) victory at Bayern-Schreck FC Villarreal. Liverpool won the first leg 2-0 on Wednesday last week.
“It all started the way you didn’t want it to. We didn’t come on. Then we started kicking and finding space,” Klopp said after the game on Prime Video: ” I am really happy.”
For Klopp, after the defeat in 2018 and the triumph in 2019, this is already the third premier class final with Liverpool. The final opponent will be determined on Wednesday (9 p.m. / in the FAZ live ticker for the Champions League and on DAZN) between Real Madrid and Manchester City (first leg: 4-3 for City).
Liverpool FC still have more league and cup title chances. In the FA Cup final on May 14, Chelsea are waiting with German coach Thomas Tuchel. In the Premier League, the Reds are just one point behind leaders Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola. Liverpool FC already won the League Cup in February.
Villarreal, who eliminated FC Bayern Munich from the competition in the quarter-finals, took a 2-0 lead thanks to Boulaye Dia (3rd) and Francis Coquelin (41st) and had caught up in the first game. Liverpool managed to turn things around in the second half thanks to Fabinho (62nd), Luis Diaz (67th) and Sadio Mané (74th). In the final phase, Etienne Capoue from Villarreal (86th) saw the yellow-red card. The Europa League winner can still look back with pride on the season in the premier class. Before FC Bayern, the team knocked out Italian record champions Juventus Turin in the round of 16.
Ahead of kick-off at Villarreal’s Estadio de la Ceramica, which was sold out with 23,500 spectators, Klopp warned against arrogance. “We do not know the result of the first leg. We know they will give everything they have,” said the 54-year-old. The former Dortmund master maker saw himself quickly confirmed. The ‘Yellow Submarine’ appeared more often in the penalty area Liverpool early on than in the entire first duel.The hosts quickly rewarded themselves for their brave performance with Dia, coach Unai Emery cheered exuberantly.
Liverpool looked surprised and struggled to pressure the underdog. The dreaded speed and combination game of the guests, who had arrived with an impeccable record of five wins in five away games in this first-class season, did not gain momentum at all in the first half. weather.
Klopp was visibly displeased and waved his arms wildly on the sidelines. It didn’t help. Villarreal remained the most dangerous team. Reds goalkeeper Alisson Becker risked his life against 37th-placed Giovani Lo Celso – it wouldn’t have been surprising if the referee had awarded a penalty then. Five minutes later, Becker was helpless against Coquelin’s header: the score was 2-0 – the first leg lead was equalized.
Klopp reacted and brought in Diaz for Diogo Jota after the switch – a good move. Liverpool have become more dominant, Villarreal have fallen back further. A deflected long shot from Trent Alexander-Arnold hits the bar (55th). The visitors increased the pressure and were rewarded with Fabinho’s goal. Goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli looked displeased as the close-range shot in the near corner went through his legs. Diaz equalized a bit later with a header – again from close range and again through Trulli’s legs. Mane then made it all clear with the third goal. Here too, Rulli acted sadly, as he came out of the net on a counterattack, but missed the ball.