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BETTING PREVIEW: VILLARREAL vs LIVERPOOL

Liverpool travel to La Ceramica to face Villarreal in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie with a two-goal advantage.

Jurgen Klopp’s side barely needed to get out of second gear in their decisivie showing at Anfield, and while the lead is not insurmountable he knows his side have nine toes in the final.

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Villarreal are now hoping to replicate the only team to have overturned a 2-0 goal deficit at this stage. It is none other than Liverpool, who beat Barcelona in 2018-19 despite the odds.

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Villarreal haven’t lost at home since November but there is little hope following their first leg showing where they didn’t get a shot on target. h

Ex-Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno is sidelined once again, while there are doubts over Yeremi Pino and Francis Coquelin. Gerard Moreno also remains doubtful for Villarreal after missing their last three games through injury.

Liverpool rested Mo Salah, Thiago, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho for their Premier League win over Newcastle. Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita are in competition to complete Liverpool’s midfield, while Ibrahima Konate will hope to come back in at Joel Matip’s expense.

Liverpool head to Spain knowing that they haven’t lost away from home since December. That said, it won’t be easy as Unai Emery’s side are at least unbeaten across their last 12 matches at home.

Notably, though, victory at Newcastle represented Liverpool’s fifth on the bounce in all tournaments – their last four of which have come with a clean sheet.

The Reds have also won nine of their last 11 matches in the Champions League, and Klopp’s side are now the overwhelming favourites to progress to the final without much fanfare.

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