‘We’ll throw everything at Villarreal’

Jurgen Klopp

The defeat was Jurgen Klopp’s first in the Europa League this season

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants his side to “throw the kitchen sink” at Villarreal as the Reds look to overturn a first-leg deficit in the Europa League semi-finals.

Adrian Lopez’s last-minute goal gave the La Liga side a 1-0 win in Spain.

Klopp had opted to leave striker Daniel Sturridge on the bench but promised to go all out for victory in next Thursday’s second leg at Anfield.

“If you go out in the semis, then do so kicking and screaming,” he said.

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Liverpool had produced a disciplined display against Villarreal, frustrating a side that had won all six of their previous Europa League home games.

The Reds looked on course to secure a well-earned draw until their defence was caught out by a ball over the top and Denis Suarez raced away before squaring for Lopez to poke home and give Villarreal a slender advantage.

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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge was left on the bench at Villarreal

“It is not a moment for disappointment,” added Klopp. “If the players want to be angry for 10 minutes then do it and move on.

“To be honest it is the first leg. My first thought was ‘sorry, but it is not over, you have to come to Anfield too and we will be ready’.”

Liverpool staged a dramatic recovery against Borussia Dortmund in the previous round at Anfield.

The Reds came back from 3-1 down to win 4-3 on the night and progress to the last four with a 5-4 aggregate victory.

Klopp cautioned against expecting a similar performance against Villarreal, but added: “Things are possible with 1-0, it is not the biggest result in the world.

“Villarreal know a lot more about us and they will respect us.

“Now we have to find solutions to a few things but I saw we are in a good way.”

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