From the start, the Reds set the tone. Liverpool pressed, the Spaniards had their hands full defusing one wave of attacks after the other. Mane had his first big chance in the 12th minute of the game. Mane sent Salah down the right wing. He was able to hook and then cross with his left foot. Mane meanwhile arrived in the penalty area, where he headed wide of the goal. Despite the urge phase of the Klopp team, the Spaniards held the defensive. After 22 minutes, Jordan Henderson volleyed a diagonal ball from von Fabinho. But Villarreal closed the short corner. But that wasn’t all that Liverpool FC had to offer offensively. Thiago probably had the greatest chance, who shot from 20 meters just before the half-time break, but his attempt only went to the pole.
Despite the overwhelming superiority of the home side, no goals were scored in the first half. The hosts continued in the second half where they left off in the first half – and were rewarded for it in the 53rd minute. After a Jordan Henderson cross, Estupinian deflected the ball and the ball went into the goal. Three minutes later, Liverpool made the double strike perfect. Salad put the ball through to Mane, who was able to get the ball past Geronimo Rulli to make it 2-0. However, Liverpool pressed on in attack and gave the visitors no room to breathe. After 65 minutes, Alexander-Arnold Henderson found it with a beautiful cross. But the Scottish full-back was ruled offside when he scored. The guests from Spain, on the other hand, were unable to break free.
In the end, it was the well-deserved 2-0 victory for Jürgen Klopp’s team. The second leg takes place next Tuesday, May 3rd at 9pm at FC Villarreal. Already yesterday, Tuesday, Manchester City defeated Real Madrid 4:3 in a breathtaking spectacle in the first semi-final of the Champions League.