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Liverpool put on a thoroughly professional performance as they produced one of the comfortable football scores of the midweek action in the Champions League. They went ahead thanks to an own goal from Pervis Estupinan in the 53rd minute before Sadio Mane doubled their advantage in the 55th minute. Jurgen Klopp will be confident of another Champions League final after they breezed through the first leg.

Player ratings

Liverpool Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (7), Konate (7), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (8), Henderson (8), Fabinho (7), Thiago (8), Salah (8), Mane (8), Diaz (8).
Subs: Keita (6), Jota (6), Gomez (6), Origi (6).

Villarreal: Rulli (4), Foyth (6), Albiol (6), Torres (6), Estupinan (5), Parejo (6), Capoue (6), Coquelin (5), Chukwueze (6), Lo Celso (6), Groeneveld (6).
Subs: Pedraza (6), Trigueros (6), Dia (6), Aurier (6), Iborra (6).

Man of the match: Thiago.

Managers Reaction

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “The way we played, the way we defended very well, the way we attacked very well. We had to score goals. It was clear we had to keep going. Villarreal, in one moment, when they can get out of the press, they are immediately a threat. If we don’t win the ball there, we are in between everything. We did that well most of the time. Two-nil on aggregate but it is halftime. No more, no less. Nothing has happened yet. If you play a game and are 2-0 at halftime, you have to be 100 percent on alert. We know we will go there and it will be a tricky atmosphere for us. If they beat us 2-0 over there and go to the final they deserve it. If they don’t, we deserve it.”

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