Liverpool put one foot in their third Champions League final in five seasons after a 2-0 victory over the least-fancied team in the last four Villarreal.
An own goal from Pervis Estupinan and Sadio Mane’s 20th of the season in a three-minute second-half spell did the damage and the only criticism which could be levelled at Jurgen Klopp’s side was that they should have scored more.
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European Cup semi-finals are not supposed to be easy but this was about as comfortable as it gets – arguably less trouble than the 5-2 first-leg victory over Roma at Anfield which set them on the way to a 2018 final defeat against Real Madrid.
Liverpool vs Villarreal Highlights
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Salah, Mane, Diaz
Subs: Adrian, Kelleher, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Jota, Origi, Matip, Williams, Elliott
Villarreal XI: Rulli, Foyth, Albiol, Torres, Estupinan, Parejo, Capoue, Coquelin, Danjuma, Lo Celso, Chukwueze
Subs: Asenjo, Jorgensen, Gaspar, Alcacer, Iborra, Trigueros, Dia, Pena, Mandi, Gomez, Pedraza, Aurier
Former Man Utd and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reveals his unique tattoo
Jose Mourinho has celebrated his European title treble by getting a remarkable tattoo that no one but he can have.
Mourinho won the Europa Conference League with Roma last season.
Furthermore, his accomplishment with Roma saw Mourinho become the first football manager to secure each of the three European titles including the Champions and Europa League.
The Portuguese tactician lifted the Champions League two times beforehand with Porto and Inter Milan.
He likewise caught the Europa League during his doomed spell as Manchester United‘s bosss, having recently won the Uefa Cup with Porto.
And oneself broadcasted ‘special One’ took his bragging to new heights by crowning the accomplishment with a tattoo consisting of all the trophies along with the clubs he won it with.
The Roma lead trainer disclosed the exceptional design on Instagram, clarifying that no other manager could do as such simultaneously.
He wrote: “This is my tattoo. The joy of the Roman people led me to do it. Then I thought about something special, something that would honour all the clubs where I won European competitions.
“At the same time, I wanted a unique tattoo, one that, so far, I am the only one who can have it.
“Alberto showed me some proposals, I just changed a few details. Here is my tattoo.”
Egypt doctor claims Salah played Champions League final through injury
Egypt national team doctor Mohamed Abou El Ela has uncovered that Mohamed Salah is as yet battling with a physical issue he got a long time before the Champions League final.
“Salah’s injury occurred during the FA Cup final in the adductor muscles, then he played against Wolves and in the Champions League final, and all of this in just 14 days,” the doctor told On Time Sports.
“We read a statistic that he’s the second-highest player in terms of minutes played this season.
“We send and receive players with medical reports, and Liverpool’s said that he had pain and should get an x-ray, there’s not a 100% fit player, but there’s the question of whether he can push himself and play without risk.
“The club thought that one [AFCON qualifying] game is enough and we chose the Guinea game because the second against Ethiopia would be hard for him to travel in a long flight. He couldn’t play another game after three days.”
In fairness, Salah played just close to 30 minutes in both the FA Cup final against Chelsea and in the last Premier League game against Wolves – where he even scored a goal.
In any case, obviously Salah was not at his best toward the finish of the last season, and that injury might’ve had something to do with it.
Source: On Time Sports
Rodrygo reveals how Real Madrid players reacted to Salah’s ‘revenge’ claims
At the point when Liverpool learned they would face Real Madrid in the Champions League last, nobody was more joyful than Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian was very vocal in his longing for ‘revenge’ for the defeat in the 2018 final.
However, Real Madrid won for this present year too, and as indicated by their forward Rodrygo, Salah’s words filled in as an additional piece of inspiration for them.
“When a guy provokes someone, sometimes you just want to win so you can make fun of them. In training [before the CL final] we used to say ‘come Salah, come Salah’… In our head, it was already: ‘We have to win to make fun of Salah’,” Rodrygo has said on Podpah podcast.
“When the Champions League final was over, Modric passed in front of Salah and said ‘next time you try again’,” the Brazilian added.
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