An own goal by Bruno Soriano in the 7th minute put the Reds in charge of the game as the English premier League side settled early into the fixture. Both teams went into the break with the hosts leading 1 – 0. The visitors continued to search for the very crucial away goal but lost concentration as Daniel Sturridge made it two for Liverpool in the 63rd minute. Adam Lallana completed the rout in the 81st minute to complete the humiliation as Liverpool won 3 – 0 (3 – 1 on aggregates) It should be noted that with much debate as to whether Sturridge would start at Anfield, the player was deployed up front and did not disappoint as he got the second goal for his side. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Sturridge reacts to win over Villarreal Sturridge celebrates a goal “There will always be ups and downs in football. It is about being prepared to put your body on the line and take chances.
It is a great feeling,” he said. “That’s what we do when we play here, that is what the manager emphasises. We like to press and to be in the opposition’s faces. That is our style and that is what we will continue to do.” Adam Lallana who got the third goal also reacted to the victory, saying his team knew it would not be easy against the Spanish side. He said: “We knew it would be a difficult night, we knew they could get the away goal, but credit to the lads. The lads deserved to be in the final and hopefully we can win it. You have to show this competition respect and I feel we have done that.” Liverpool will square-up against Sevilla in the final billed for Basel on May 18