Emery warns Liverpool they will "suffer" in Villarreal after snoozefest tactics

Unai Emery has warned Liverpool they will "suffer" in their Champions League semi-final second leg at Villarreal.

The Spanish club were finally thwarted by Jurgen Klopp’s side in their semi-final clash at Anfield on Wednesday night. They were lucky to go into half-time with the score still tied at 0-0, but their fortunes changed in the second-half.

Liverpool came out of the break more clinical as Jordan Henderson’s cross deflected in off Pervis Estupinan and Sadio Mane netting the second just two minutes later. But while the result gives the Reds a huge advantage going into next week’s second leg, Villarreal boss Emery insists his side will make the visitors suffer at Estadio de la Ceramica.

He told BT Sport: “They pushed and they deserved to score. 2-0 is a good difference for them. But we are going to try and do something different at home with our supporters. The match next week will be very different to tonight.

“It’s very important to try next week at home to change something, maybe tactically. I think then they are going to suffer more than tonight in Villarreal.”

Villarreal have been the ones to watch throughout the Champions League this season, having knocked out Italian giants Juventus and then Bayern Munich in the knockout stages without losing a game.

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Liverpool’s firepower proved too much with the help of the famous Anfield atmosphere on Wednesday. Yet Klopp is still not underestimating the former Arsenal manager’s side ahead of the second leg, admitting it will make for a “tricky” game.

He said: “We know the other game will be a tricky atmosphere for us. These [Villarreal] players saw that tonight, this coach, they fight for it with all they have.

“And what I like is that we also fight with all we have. It’s always the same. If they beat us with a result that takes them to the final, then they deserve it; if not, then we deserve it. That’s how the competition is.”

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