Liverpool will endeavour to get the job finished as they head into the second leg of their Champions League semi-final clash with Villareal, however early team news coming out of Spain could cause Jurgen Klopp problems.
According to The Athletic Liverpool reporter James Pearce, Gerard Moreno is fit to play in the crucial clash for his side this evening.
The Spanish striker missed out on the first leg due to a hamstring injury, but according to the report Unai Emery expects Moreno to be available for selection.
Huge blow for Liverpool
The 30-year-old forward is a key player for Villarreal and will surely offer a goal-scoring threat in the side’s pursuit to get back into the game after losing 2-0 at Anfield last week, which could be a huge blow for Liverpool.
Despite suffering several injury issues, Moreno’s Champions League form has been undeniable when he has been fit to play, with a goal contribution in four of the six games he has played, scoring twice and assisting his teammates three times throughout their impressive campaign in the competition.
The centre forward has played a key part in getting his Europa League winning side to their first semi-final in the prestigious competition since 2006, so his presence in the team during their home leg will surely be felt by the Liverpool players and they will have to work hard to stop him taking any chances from the game.
With that being said, Klopp already given a grave warning about Moreno in his post-match press conference with BT Sport last week when he was asked about how he feels about being 2-0 up in the first leg;
“It is not over, there is another leg and Moreno will be back for them in the next round I think.”
If Liverpool can continue to dominate their opponents in Spain this evening, they will be in their third competitive final of the season after qualifying for the FA Cup final and winning the Carabao Cup final at Wembley last month.
Despite the concerns about the returning Villarreal striker, Liverpool should have enough of a head start to take their opportunity to go to the third Champions League final in five years, but we have seen crazier things happen in the Champions League on these huge occasions
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