UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL ON THE BRINK OF ELIMINATION

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL ON THE BRINK OF ELIMINATION

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– UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL ON THE BRINK OF ELIMINATION

– Late Adrian Lopez goal sinks red

– Klopp maintains optimism that Liverpool will go through

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL ON THE BRINK OF ELIMINATION

The hope of appearing in the first European final in 10 years for Liverpool appears to be fading after their loss to Villarreal in the first leg of the Europa league semi-final.

Liverpool who though were second best for a large part of the game were able to hold back the Villarreal’s attack until late in the game. At a point they appeared to be on the front foot in the game, Villarreal scored a goal blamed on defender Alberto Moreno’s singular error.

Liverpool's Alberto Moreno buries his head in the grass after his error led to the goal
Liverpool’s Alberto Moreno buries his head in the grass after his error led to the goal
Moreno reacts to the late goa by burying his head in the grass
Villareal players celebrate the late goal

Adrian Lopez scored the only goal from a counter attack late on. A chip from the far right over Kolo Toure found an unmarked Adrian Lopez on the left. The Argentine striker wasted no time as his right footed shot found its way into the bottom corner of the net.

The goal angered Kop boss, Jurgen Klopp, who blamed the goal on lack of concentration from his players. He singled out Albert Moreno for his wrong positioning that consequently left the goal scorer, Adrian Lopez, unmarked.

The match ended 1-0 with Villarreal taking a slim lead into the second leg at Merseyside next week.

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL ON THE BRINK OF ELIMINATION

Liverpool legend, Jamie Carragher has slammed the club for losing concentration and conceding a goal late on. He described the goal as unforgivable. TV pundit, Phil Neville has also criticized Liverpool players for throwing away the game. He singled out Roberto Firminho and Moreno for criticism.

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Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp has expressed disappointment at the manner in which Liverpool conceded the late goal.

He however remain upbeat on Liverpool’s chances of progressing further in the competition. Describing Anfield as a fortress, he expressed that there is all to play for in the second leg.

Speaking to newsmen after the game, klopp said, “Of course I’m not too happy with the goal we conceded in the last second,”

Counter attacking in the 92nd minute makes not much sense but it is only the first leg. It is 1-0 and they have to come to Anfield where we know how strong we are. We had our moments, we defended really good. This race is not over.

“If we had enough players in around the box it was no problem but they played this one chip ball over Kolo, I don’t know where Alberto was in this moment but that was the only big mistake we made in this game and they scored with it.

In the other semi-final tie, Sevilla came back from a goal down to draw 2-2 away at Shaktar Donetsk. Unai Emery’s men show their resilience in Europe once again as they grab a late equalizer from the penalty spot to swing the tie in their favor going into the second leg.