Unai Emery: ‘Liverpool will suffer in Villarreal’


Villarreal manager Unai Emery has sent Liverpool a stark warning ahead of the second leg of their Champions League semi-final.

The Reds pressed relentlessly against Emery’s side at Anfield and will take a deserved 2-0 lead to La Ceramica following Pervis Estupinan‘s own goal and Sadio Mane‘s finish.

Villarreal’s attackers barely had a sniff on the night, but Emery has insisted that the quadruple-chasing Premier League side will not find it so easy on Spanish turf

“The match next week will be very different to tonight. They are going to suffer more in Villarreal,” Emery told BT Sport, with the Yellow Submarine holding Juventus to a draw and beating Bayern Munich in front of their own fans in the Champions League this season.

Villarreal will also be hopeful of having striker Gerard Moreno back for the second leg, with the 30-year-old tallying 13 goals and six assists in 26 games for Villarreal in all tournaments this term.

Liverpool prepare for a lunchtime trip to Newcastle United on Saturday before the second leg, while Villarreal travel to Alaves in La Liga.