Liverpool v Villarreal Semi Final Leg One - UEFA Champions League


'100%': Unai Emery makes claim about Liverpool's pressing after seeing it first-hand at Anfield last night

Unai Emery was impressed with the ferocity at which Liverpool pressed his Villarreal team last night at Anfield.

Speaking to beIN SPORTS post-game, Emery said that Liverpool simply didn’t give his side the chance to get going.

“We know here in Anfield it was going to be very difficult. The level is the same as Juventus and Bayern,” he said.

“We can’t change one match, maybe because they scored or because their pressing was good, they made the right pass. We didn’t have opportunities in transition, or possibilities to keep the ball in 90 minutes.”

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An honest assessment from Emery, who also claimed that Liverpool potentially should have scored more than the two goals they managed.

“They deserve it, 100%, they deserve maybe more goals. But our next objective at home is to change and do something different.”

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Jurgen’s relentless Reds

Watching Liverpool attack is of course a marvellous thing these days, whoever the three up-top are. Arguably though, it’s even more enthralling to watch them hunt the ball down after losing it.

When this remarkable team is looked back on in years to come, their relentless attitude to winning possession will be remembered as one of the real hallmarks of their game.

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The way they harassed Emery’s players to snatch the ball back as high up the pitch as possible was incredible.

It may have been a comfortable evening for Jurgen Klopp’s men in the end, but every single player must have slept like a log last night after putting in such a shift off the ball. After a frustrating first-half The Reds kept their composure and battled on.

When the press is so constant and organised, there are few teams in the world that can live with it. Villarreal may have tamed Bayern Munich and Juventus, but The Reds proved to be a completely different matter last night

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Liverpool won’t rest on their laurels having put a good chunk of light between them and their opponents. Klopp will expect exactly the same from his players in Spain as they look to reach a third Champions League final in five years.

Paris is now just one game away. Barring a major collapse in next week’s away leg, Liverpool are looking good to compete in a tenth European Cup final next month.

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