Liverpool v Villarreal tips – Back Reds to reach final of Europa League

Liverpool can bounce back from a one-goal deficit at Anfield on Thursday

Liverpool v Villarreal tips – Back Reds to reach final of Europa League

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Glen Laidlaw

May 4th, 2016

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Borussia Dortmund were always going to be a tough obstacle for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to overcome, however they succeeded in overcoming that hurdle thanks to a thrilling 4-3 win at Anfield in the second-leg of the quarter-final.

The big question is, can they claw their way back from one goal down from the semi-final first-leg when they welcome La Liga side Villarreal to Anfield on Thursday evening?

The Reds came close to securing a draw in Spain but for some slackness at the back and they must now win this match by a minimum of two goals, something which is clearly not beyond the side.

Indeed, Liverpool are certainly more than capable of meeting this task head-on and boss Klopp isn’t looking too concerned ahead of the clash.

“Things are possible with 1-0, it is not the biggest result in the world,” he said. “Villarreal know a lot more about us and they will respect us. Now we have to find solutions to a few things but I saw we are in a good way. I saw a lot of things that show we can [win the tie]. To be honest it is the first leg. My first thought was, ‘Sorry, but it is not over, you have to come to Anfield too and we will be ready’. With the help of Anfield we can do it.”

Do we share his optimism? We certainly do and so do the bookmakers with Coral going 4/5 for a Liverpool win, however even better value can be had by backing the Reds to qualify for the final at odds of 6/4 with Paddy Power, a decent enough price which would return you winnings whether Liverpool win during normal time, extra time or even penalties.

Villarreal certainly impressed in their performance against Liverpool in the first leg and many may wonder why we’re so optimistic about the chances of what has been a very inconsistent Reds side this season. The reason is very simple. Villarreal’s away form.

The Spanish side have been pretty poor away from home this season with just six wins from their eighteen games on the road. They have managed a mere two away wins in this competition and should the Reds perform anywhere near their best, then the Spaniards should be sent packing with nothing for their troubles this week.

 

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