Villarreal travel to Anfield tonight with the intention of slaying another European giant. Having already knocked out Juventus and Bayern Munich, you know the players believe they can do it again. Unai Emery’s ability to navigate clubs through tournament play is really impressive and there’s no doubt he’ll have a good plan for tonight.
I think it’s fair to say Jurgen Klopp’s team is the best in the world right now. The Reds are deservedly large favorites tonight and they should advance to the final, but they will have to earn it on the pitch. Anything less than their best will allow Villarreal into this tie. It’s my belief that Juve and Bayern overlooked them and were dumped out because of it.
Both clubs are missing a goal threat with Roberto Firmino and Gerard Moreno still recovering from their respective injuries. Villarreal will feel Moreno’s absence more because they lack Liverpool’s depth. Luis Diaz or Diogo Jota can slot into the attack and there’s little to no drop-off. Lo Celso and Chukwueze are nice players but Moreno is a cut above Emery’s other options.
Villarreal will make it tough on Liverpool but eventually the Reds will find a way through. Mo Salah is the only forward in the front three I trust to get the full 90 minutes so I’m backing him to score and Liverpool to win at +105 on FanDuel.