Liverpool find themselves 90 minutes away from a third Champions League final under Jurgen Klopp, as the Premier League giants head to Villarreal in the Champions League semi-finals.
Klopp’s charges go to Spain, on the back of a sensational 12-game unbeaten run across all competitions, including a 2-0 win from their semi-final first leg at Anfield last week.
With no away goals on the agenda this season, Liverpool have a strong advantage in Castellon, as Unai Emery aims for a historic comeback at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
The Sporting News is following the match live and providing score updates and commentary below.
Villarreal vs. Liverpool live updates and highlights
5 Mins to KO: Moreno is the key for Villarreal
Can Moreno inspire Villarreal to the final?
17 – Gerard Moreno 🇪🇸 has been involved 17 goals in his last 16 games in European competitions for @VillarrealCFen (ten goals & seven assists).#UEL : 7 goals & 3 assists#UEFA Supercup: 1 goal#UCL : 2 goals & 4 assists— OptaJose (@OptaJose) May 3, 2022
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20 Mins to KO: Villarreal will be hoping to spring a shock
Former Arsenal star Robert Pires played on that famous night against Villarreal – both later joining the Yellow Submarine – and he believes Liverpool will be in for a battle right from the start tonight!!
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Arsène Wenger shares his memories of Arsenal's famous 0-0 Champions League semi-final second leg draw with Villarreal in 2006 and offers some tactical advice for Liverpool! #beINUCL #UCL #VILLIV
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Villarreal’s only previous Champions League semi final came in 2006 as Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal drew 0-0 in the second leg in Castellon to progress to the final with a 1-0 aggregate win. Can Emery rewrite history tonight?
45 Mins to KO: The Rain in Spain
Torrential rain in the Castellon area has continued all day with the poor weather set to continue right up until KO at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
55 Mins to KO: Moreno returns for Villarreal
A bold starting side for Emery on the night in Castellon as Spain international Gerard Moreno returns to lead the hosts attack. He replaces Arnaut Danjuma, with Boulaye Dia preferred ahead of Samuel Chukwueze as his strike partner.
1 hour to KO: TEAM NEWS IS IN!!!!
The BIG GUNS are back for Klopp following a raft of changes for their 2-0 Premier League win over Newcastle. Two alterations from the first leg win at Anfield with Naby Keita and Diogo Jota in for skipper Jordan Henderson and Luis Diaz.
Villarreal vs. Liverpool predicted lineups
The big injury news for Emery ahead of kick-off is the return of Spain international Gerard Moreno after a muscle injury kept him out of the first leg.
Villarreal starting lineup (4-4-2): Rulli (GK) — Estupinan, Albiol, Torres, Foyth — Lo Celso, Capoue, Parejo, Coquelin — Moreno, Dia
Liverpool are still without Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino through injury, but Klopp is expected to recall a string of key names after resting them for last weekend’s Premier League win at Newcastle United.
Liverpool starting lineup (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) — Robertson, van Dijk, Konate, Alexander-Arnold — Thiago, Fabinho, Keita — Jota, Mane, Salah