There is a turn of events for Liverpool in quest for Champions League glory

There is a turn of events for Liverpool in quest for Champions League glory

Source: reuters.com

After Liverpool won the other night their potential opponents Villareal upset Bayern Munich 1-0 in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Previously, the Spanish side Villareal who knocked out giants Juventus in the round of 16. Now, they are on their way to reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League. Unai Emery’s men surprisingly took a 1-0 lead in the tie and will travel to Allianz Arena with a one-goal advantage.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will enter their UEFA Champions League second-leg tie against Benfica with a 3-1 lead. Klopp’s men are in a comfortable position to enter the semis of the competition. This would be eventually the third semi-final appearance in the last five seasons if the Reds progress.

A return leg at Anfield awaits against Benfica.

Next week’s 2nd leg quarterfinal games will finalize the upcoming semi-final ties. So far hugely Unai Emery’s Yellow Submarine have been impressive. And 1-0 home win over Bayern is another big step for Emery’s men.

Villareal’s lead in the tie against Bayern Munich is perhaps a surprising outcome. While Unai Emery would be expecting to take a further step to book a semi-final spot.

Villareal under Unai Emery have been very spectacular in Europe. Not to forget the Yellow Submarines defeat Manchester United in last season’s Europa League final, also almost won the Super Cup at the start of the season.

Moreover, Villareal’s Spanish coach Unai Emery is a very underrated manager. The Spaniard loves taking on the heavyweights as an underdog who knows how to hurt the big boys where it hurts the most.

Need to be watchful on Emery’s Villareal if they progress to the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Liverpool sets a new record with just a foot away in the Champions League semi-finals.

Liverpool registered eight consecutive away victories marking its greatest away run since its inception. The Reds defeated Benfica 3-1 on Tuesday night to take a firm grip on the quarterfinal tie.

Liverpool’s winning away run from Anfield stretches back over three months to their 2-2 draw at Chelsea in the league game. Remarkably, they have scored 16 goals while conceding just twice in that time.

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s win against Benfica led to another feat. The Reds matched their best away run of five successive victories in Champions League and European Cup competition, which they set under former manager Joe Fagan in 1984.

So far Klopp & Co. have been an absolute beast in the competition. The Merseysiders earlier became the first English team to win all six of their Champions League group-stage fixtures.

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