Liverpool 0-0 Villarreal LIVE! Champions League match stream, latest team news, lineups, TV, prediction today



Liverpool take the next step on their path to a potential quadruple as they host Villarreal in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 26 matches in all competitions, against Inter Milan at Anfield in a result that saw them progress in Europe anyway.

Jurgen Klopp’s side come into tonight’s clash full of confidence, having got the better of big rivals Manchester United and Everton in their last two matches and are big favourites to get the better of the La Liga side.

But Villarreal are no easy touch, as Juventus and Bayern Munich have already found out in the previous knockout rounds. Unai Emery has a sensational Europa League record and he is bringing that to the Champions League now as Villarreal have reached the last four in the competition for the first time in 16 years.

It will have to be a special match to live up to last night’s seven-goal thriller in the first leg of Manchester City and Real Madrid’s semi-final tie.

With Malik Ouzia at Anfield and kick-off at 8pm BST, follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below…

Live updates

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14 mins: Diaz cuts inside, gets the shot away. Straight at Rulli who slightly fumbles it but can quickly gather at the second attempt.

Danjuma looks to make the run in behind for the visitors, once again he’s offside though.

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Malik Ouzia at Anfield

That’s a big chance for Liverpool – a terrific cross from Salah and run from Mane, almost identical to the combination from Mahrez and De Bruyne that opened the scoring for City last night.

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12 mins: HUGE CHANCE!

Mane has to put Liverpool in front! Salah is away down the right, cuts inside and curls a lovely cross into the box.

It’s slightly behind Mane though, who has made a brilliant run. He’s onside, but can’t direct the header at goal.

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11 mins: Well then. First corner of the night for Villarreal, as Alexander-Arnold boots the ball straight into Fabinho.

Poor ball from Parejo, Liverpool can clear. Played back in and Danjuma is in behind… Van Dijk hacks away the cross. Offside flag goes up now anyway.

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8 mins: NEARLY!

Konate is proving unstoppable at corners! He gets up at the back post, heads it into the six yard box and it bounces off Mane. Villarreal can clear.

Would have been a simple finish for Mane had he controlled.

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7 mins: First chance for Villarreal to go on the attack as it’s played wide to Foyth. He has space to drive into.

Brings it forward and then hammers a pass straight to Robertson. Doesn’t take long for Villarreal to get back into their solid shape though!

Lo Celso gets across to close down Mane, Liverpool have their first corner of the match.

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5 mins: Thiago looks for the long ball over the top, Salah can’t bring it under his spell though and it’s out for a goal kick.

Once again, Rulli in no rush to take it. Anfield less than impressed. Liverpool have got to keep the tempo high if they’re going to cause the visitors problems.

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Malik Ouzia at Anfield

We’re not two minutes in yet but Villarreal have set their stall out. Francis Coquelin on the left of a midfield four, 30 seconds taken over their first goal-kick.

It’ll be unto the pace of Danjuma and Chukwueze on the break to provide some relief.

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2 mins: Liverpool attacking the Kop in the first-half after Villarreal won the toss. Advantage Emery!

No surprise to see the early pattern of the match is Liverpool passing the ball around comfortably at the back, with Villarreal happy to sit off.

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KICK-OFF!

We are underway at Anfield!



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