Liverpool after impressive comeback against Villarreal in the Champions League final | Champions League

Liverpool have qualified for the Champions League final after a great game against Villarreal. Villarreal completely outplayed Liverpool in the first half and took a 2-0 lead via Dia and Coquelin. As a result, it was tied in two games. However, Liverpool recovered magnificently after the break. It was lord and master and came on the same level via Fabinho and the strong substitute Luis Díaz. In the end, Sadio Mané even put a 2-3 final score on the scoreboard.

A denying Villareal made it very exciting in the semi-finals of the Champions League. But in the second half, Liverpool showed their class and are still in the running for a mind-blowing quadruple.

The four trophies Liverpool can win. It was the theme prior to the return in the semi-finals of the Champions League. After the League Cup was already won by coach Jürgen Klopp’s team in February, it would now also make it to the Champions League final. On May 28 in Paris, it should be the highlight of a hallucinatory season. Two weeks after the FA Cup final and six days after the last day of play in the Premier League, a blistering denouement of a blood-curdling title fight with Manchester City looms.

That away game against Villareal, the current number 7 in Spain, was the smallest point of concern after the 2-0 victory last Wednesday. But that was beyond the magic of the Estadio de la Ceramica. Because in the tiny Vila-Real (half the population fits in the stadium of the local pride), El Submarino Amarillo is capable of a lot. This year, for example, Juventus and Bayern Munich were already surprised after the club won the Europa League last year.


And without the injured Arnaut Danjuma, Villareal seemed to perform another small miracle against Liverpool. The Spaniards shot out of the starting blocks like a comet. After just over two minutes of play, Boulaye Dia gave the home team the lead, giving the hopes of the passionate audience a major boost.

It fueled a storm, with Liverpool fortunate not to concede a penalty in the 39th minute when goalkeeper Alisson Becker toppled the breakthrough Lo Celso as he dove for the ball. But almost immediately after that moment it became 2-0 via Francis Coquelin and the battle for the final place was completely open again.

If Liverpool wanted to keep a chance at those four trophies, it had to show how good the team is after the break. And it did. The English, with Virgil van Dijk starting the match as captain, achieved a particularly high level in the second half and quickly turned the game around. Goals from Fabinho, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane came within twelve minutes, even winning in Spain.

And so it is still possible, four prizes in one season, a quadruple. In any case, Liverpool have already reached three cup finals this year, one of which has already been won. The coming weeks should show whether the season of Jürgen Klopp’s team will later be remembered as ‘very good’ or actually hallucinatory.