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Jurgen Klopp tells Liverpool to beware ‘king of cups’ Unai Emery and his Villarreal side

Jurgen Klopp tells Liverpool to beware ‘king of cups’ Unai Emery and his Villarreal side as they ebook a Champions League semi-final showdown after knocking out Benfica

  • Liverpool defeated Benfica 6-4 on mixture after a 3-3 draw at Anfield 
  • Jurgen Klopp’s side will face Villarreal within the Champions League semi-final 
  • The Liverpool boss paid tribute to the Spanish side and their coach Unai Emery 

Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool will want to up their recreation after they sort out the ‘King of Cups’ after sealing their place within the Champions League semi-finals.

Liverpool reached the final 4 of this competitors for the third time in 5 years after drawing 3-3 at Anfield with Benfica; a 3-1 win in Lisbon final week had given Klopp’s side a big buffer and they led by the identical rating right here at one stage.

But as soon as that they had gone 3-1 up, thanks to a double from Roberto Firmino and Ibrahima Konate’s header, Liverpool lost focus and allowed Benfica to restore parity. The Portuguese side additionally had one other objective disallowed for offside late on.

Jurgen Klopp is all too aware of the dangers Villarreal pose in the Champions League semi-final

Jurgen Klopp is all too conscious of the hazards Villarreal pose within the Champions League semi-final

The Spanish side stand between Liverpool and place in the Champions League final

The Spanish side stand between Liverpool and place within the Champions League remaining

Liverpool now face Villarreal – a repeat of the Europa League semi-final from 2016 – within the final 4 and Klopp’s admiration for Unai Emery is large, as he stated the problem from the Spaniards will probably be ‘powerful, powerful, powerful.’ He is aware of his workforce may have to enhance to attain the ultimate on May 28.

‘First and foremost, after we qualify for the semis and I’m not completely happy, please knock me out,’ stated Klopp, who made seven modifications to his workforce. ‘We did loads of good issues and then this final line by no means performed collectively and it’s about particulars, it’s troublesome to focus totally.

‘We didn’t have the 1000 % mindpset, it isn’t necessary, if we had performed the most effective recreation of the season tonight. Benfica deserved their three targets. We are via now and let’s give it a correct attempt.’

Klopp, who stated Diogo Jota obtained ‘a knock within the first half’, was completely happy to report there have been no different accidents and was phlegmatic concerning the three targets his workforce conceded, significantly as he successfully performed with a brand new defence compromising Konate, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Kostas Tsimikas.

‘The one factor we knew is that it could be onerous,’ stated Klopp. ‘This final line by no means performed collectively, you lose Virgil’s voice, the remainder and rotation isn’t an issue, Benfica stored going and for us it was necessary we are able to make modifications and nonetheless achieve success.

‘I noticed the Villarreal end result. It was actually spectacular. They kicked out Juventus and Bayern so deserve it. It is absolutely good, the supervisor is king of the cups, after we play them we will probably be prepared however give me time to put together correctly.

‘We by no means take one thing like this as a right. I’m actually completely happy. I do know folks speak about targets conceded and all this stuff and the day I’m not over the moon about getting to the semi-final, one thing is absolutely unsuitable.’

Roberto Firmino scored twice as Liverpool knocked Benfica out of the Champions League

Roberto Firmino scored twice as Liverpool knocked Benfica out of the Champions League

Defender Ibrahima Konate opened the scoring for Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night

Defender Ibrahima Konate opened the scoring for Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night time

Echoing his supervisor’s sentiments of believing there’s room for enchancment, Jordan Henderson advised BT Sport: ‘I believe we would need to do higher general, we began properly, may have scored a pair extra. We’re actually disillusioned on the targets we conceded.

‘At 3-1 it’s by no means over, we’re via which is a very powerful factor. Villarreal aren’t to be taken evenly, they seem to be a good workforce in their very own proper, will probably be a really troublesome tie. Hopefully we are able to progress to the ultimate.

‘We undoubtedly do not take it as a right, to get into the semis is huge, we wish to do our absolute best and take it recreation by recreation. There’s loads of soccer over the following couple of months.’

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