Villarreal vs Liverpool live: Latest score and updates from Europa League semi-final first leg

Tonight in the Europa League, Liverpool travel to Villarreal for the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.

  • The match kicks off at 8.05pm
  • Liverpool unbeaten in the Europa League this season
  • Villarreal have won all six Europa League home games
  • Sturridge is on bench, Firmino starts up front
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven matches
  • The Reds are currently seventh in the Premier League
  • Also tonight Shakhtar play Sevilla
  • The second leg takes place next Thursday
  • Follow the latest below:

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he does not need to tell his players the importance of their Europa League semi-final first leg in Villarreal as they have more than proved their hunger for the competition.

After dramatically beating Borussia Dortmund in the previous round Klopp’s side were immediately installed as favourites.

However, the Reds boss has stressed there has been no talk of a possible final appearance in Basle next month.

“It is important to understand my players came into a semi-final because they were always ready for the moment and never thought about the next round,” he said.

“It is important I show the players the respect they earned, which means I don’t need to speak to them about things they did well.

“We are here because we respected this tournament each round. There is no doubt from my side.

“Villarreal did the same until now so it is not about talking about the final.

“Villarreal show the highest level of football each week; the Spanish league is unbelievably strong and they play with such balance, structure and discipline and if you let them they play football.”

Liverpool’s European campaign has been at odds with their domestic form and Klopp is undefeated in 10 European games as manager – only Joe Fagan (12) has a longer unbeaten run in Europe from the start of a managerial reign than the German.

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