Klopp says Liverpool won't repeat Juventus, Bayern mistake v Villarreal

Klopp says Liverpool won't repeat Juventus, Bayern mistake v Villarreal

Klopp says Liverpool won't repeat Juventus, Bayern mistake v Villarreal

Villarreal shocked the world of football this season, advancing to the Champions League semi-final at the expense of Juventus and Bayern Munich.

Dani Parejo, a midfielder for the Spanish side, spoke about Bayern's complacent attitude that led to Villarreal's triumph.

Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool will not make that mistake and will approach the game as seriously as it gets.

"We don’t have to talk today – and especially not today – about other competitions because our full focus is definitely on Villarreal and the semi-final," Klopp said at a press conference ahead of the game against Unai Emery's team.

"It is absolutely special to be part of the semi-final, it's crazy, really. It's a massive game. So many coaches, so many players out there try to work their socks off their whole life and have no chance to be close to a semi-final.

"And we are there, so we have to cherish it, we have to appreciate it, of course, but we have to enjoy it as well.

"Yes, we face a very, very difficult opponent, that's true. They are made for this competition, to be 100 per cent honest, because of the way they set it up. It's really, really good.

"I think there might have been a little advantage in the last two games, where Juve or maybe Bayern underestimated them – but that never happened to us, these kind of things. Especially after these four games, there is no chance anymore, so this little advantage might have gone.

"But apart from that, they still are a really, really good football team who obviously wants to make history as well.

"I think it would be the first time that they would be part of the final, which is a massive thing for Villarreal, I can imagine so. But for us it is the same importance.

"We want to go there with all we have and that’s what we have to show tomorrow night."

Liverpool welcome Villarreal to Anfield on Wednesday (KO 8pm UK time). The second leg is scheduled for May 3.
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