Champions League: 5 Interesting Facts ahead of the Liverpool vs Villarreal Duel

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Liverpool will host Villarreal in the first leg of the 2021/2022 Champions League semifinal. The two teams will meet at Anfield, Thursday (28/04/2022).

Liverpool qualified for the semifinals after beating Benfica 6-4 on aggregate, while Villarreal surprisingly eliminated Bayern Munich.

Therefore, the meeting of the two teams will be an exciting battle even though on paper the Reds are more superior than the visitors.

20th semifinalist

Villarreal through to the 2021/2022 Champions League semifinals
Villarreal became the 20th team to appear in several Champions League semi-finals, as well as being the fifth team to represent Spain.

The match against Liverpool was Villarreal’s third game in the Champions League knockout stages. His debut match as a semifinalist took place in 2005/2006.

Best Achievement

Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool have appeared five times in a row in the Champions League. Everything happened under the tutelage of the German manager, Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds’ best achievement was being runner-up in the 2017/2018 season and winning the 2018/2019 Champions League after beating Tottenham Hotspur in the final.

No Victory

Liverpool fans at Anfield.
Liverpool are without a win at Anfield when appearing in the Champions League knockout stages this season. The Reds were humiliated by Inter Milan 0-1 and held by Benfica 3-3.

In addition, Liverpool have only managed to win 2 wins in 5 Champions League knockout stages at home against Spanish clubs. They lost twice and the rest drew.

British Representative Threat

Manchester United vs Villarreal duel, matchday 2 Champions League Group F 2021/22
Villarreal have a bad record when they meet English representatives in the Champions League. El Submarino Amarillo failed to overcome the Premier League contestants.

Villarreal are winless in their previous 12 meetings against English sides. The La Liga contestants lost 6 times and won 6 draws.

Unai Emery’s Success Story

Unai Emery’s expression during the Bayern Munich vs Villarreal duel in the 2021/2022 Champions League quarter-final second leg
Villareal manager Unai Emery has a poor record against Liverpool. With Arsenal, he lost 3 times and drew once.

However, the Spanish manager once had a success story with Sevilla. At that time, Unai Emery beat Liverpool in the 2015/2016 Europa League final.

Source: Uefa.com