The surprise of this 2021-22 UEFA Champions League, Villarreal, will visit Liverpool at Anfield looking to make history by reaching the UCL finals for the first time in their history. Here you will find the lineups of both teams for this game. It will be broadcast in the United States on FuboTV (free trial) and Paramount + (free trial), and on DAZN in Canada.
Villarreal are undoubtedly the big surprise of this UEFA Champions League. The only time the "Yellow Submarine" reached the semifinals was in the 2005/2006 season, when they faced Arsenal, and in a very close series lost 1-0 on the road, but then equalized 0-0 in Spain, being very close to the final against Barcelona.
On this occasion, their rivals will also be a team from England and the first leg game will also be visitors against none other than one of the best teams on the continent, Liverpool. The "Reds" are coming off a string of very difficult games, including two against Manchester City, another against Benfica for the second leg of this UCL and finally against Everton last weekend. Despite this, they are the main favorites to be finalists.
The team that Klopp would put on the pitch will be almost the same as the one that beat Everton 2-0. The only changes are the exit of Keita and the entry of Henderson and Konaté instead of Matip, while Diaz starts up front instead of Jota.
Liverpool starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago Alcántara; Salah, Mané, Luis Diaz.
Unai Emery thinks of a team with few changes compared to the one that beat Valencia last weekend. Coquelin is ready to return and replace Manu Trigueros, while in defense Mandi will leave his place to Torres.
Villarreal possible starting XI: Rulli; Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupiñán; Parejo, Capoue, Chukwueze, Coquelin: Lo Celso, Danjuma.