Liverpool beat Villarreal in the first leg of the 2021/2022 Champions League semifinal. The Reds won 2-0 at Anfield, Thursday (28/04/2022) .
Liverpool’s two winning goals came from Pervis Estupinan’s own goal in the 53rd minute. Then it was doubled by Sadio Mane two minutes later.
These results make Liverpool set one foot in the final. As well as a good capital when they travel to Spain.
Liverpool’s victory over Villarreal also produced some interesting records. Like Sadio Mane’s new record to Jurgen Klopp’s sweet record.
Most Productive African Player
Sadio Mane gives thanks after scoring a goal in the Liverpool vs Villarreal match, Thursday (28/4/2022)
The goal against Villarreal made Sadio Mane the most prolific African player in the Champions League knockout stages. The Senegalese player has scored a total of 14 goals.
Sadio Mane equals Didier Drogba’s record of playing for Chelsea. The Ivory Coast striker has also won the 2011/2012 Champions League with the Blues.
Record Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp.
Jurgen Klopp has always won four of his home games in the Champions League semifinals. Three times with Liverpool, and once with Borussia Dortmund.
The record is the best among other managers in Europe. He matched the records of Marcello Lippi and Ottmar Hitzfeld.
Mohamed Salah fights Liverpool vs Villarreal in the Champions League semifinal first leg 2021/2022
Mohamed Salah’s cross for Sadio Mane became his first assist in the Champions League this season. In total, he has contributed 10 assists with Liverpool in the most prestigious competition in Europe.
The most number of assists contributed by Mohamed Salah was recorded in the 2017/2018 Champions League. He scored 5 goals at that time.
Unai Emery in action against Liverpool vs Villarreal in the first leg of the 2021/2022 Champions League semifinals
Villarreal only fired one shot against Liverpool. The experiment also did not lead to the goal.
The record was Villarreal’s worst since being coached by Unai Emery. The Yellow Submarine struggled in front of Liverpool’s goal.