Jurgen Klopp masterminds emphatic win as Liverpool seal place in the Europa League final

It dissected Mateo Musacchio and Jaume Costa perfectly and left Sturridge with only Areola to beat. The outcome was never in doubt and Sturridge’s celebration was sight to behold as he shook his fists to the heavens.

Breathing space arrived soon after as Firmino tormented Musacchio and after Sturridge’s initial touch, Lallana turned the chance home inside the six yard box.

In between, the eye had been drawn to Klopp comically dispatching substitute Lucas to chide Alberto Moreno for a needless push on Denis Suarez that might have been punished with a penalty by a less lenient referee than Viktor Kassai. 

Klopp had gone ballistic before the smile returned as he surveyed another step forward in the development of a team going places.

As he punched the air on the pitch after the final whistle, it was impossible not to feel just how in tune he is with his surroundings.

Liverpool are lucky to have him.

Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren,Toure, Moreno; Milner, Can; Lallana, Firmino (Benteke 89), Coutinho (Allen 82); Sturridge (Lucas 90).

Booked: Clyne

Goal: Bruno (og 7), Sturridge (63), Lallana (81)

Villarreal (4-4-2): Areola; Gaspar, Musacchio, Ruiz, Costa; Dos Santos (Bonera 73), Pina (Trigueros 59), Bruno, Suarez; Soldado (Lopez 69), Bakambu.

Booked: Ruiz

Sent-off: Ruiz

Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)

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