Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his team are ready to “suffer” as they prepare to defend their 2-0 lead in the second leg of their Champions League tie against Villarreal (Villarreal 18/5, Draw 16/5, Liverpool 7/10 – match result).
The Reds (10/11 to win the Champions League – outright) ran out comfortable winners at Anfield last week thanks to an own goal from Pervis Estupinan and a second-half strike from Sadio Mane.
That success means Liverpool already have one foot in the Champions League final, but Unai Emery’s men have upset the odds before in the competition.
The Yellow Submarine (Villarreal 66/1 to win the Champions League – outright) have beaten Juventus and Bayern Munich already in the competition, and they are unbeaten in 12 matches at home.
Champions League Betting Odds
Villarreal have only conceded one goal in their previous four matches at the Estadio de la Ceramica, and Klopp says his team need to be ready for all outcomes.
Klopp told reporters: “We have to be ready to suffer. Not being a goal down – which can happen – but giving the game the right direction.
“A good example was Newcastle. The crowd was very passionate, but we didn’t let it happen, which was the biggest quality for this game.
“It wasn’t a show of football brilliance. Of course, we could have scored more goals but how clear-cut the performance was was incredible.
“Yes, we have to be emotional, ready to play the best game ever, but knowing it will not happen in moments.
“Suffering doesn’t mean you suffer for long; you suffer and [clicks fingers] react.”
Emery will be without Alberto Moreno, Yeremi Pinto, while Arnaut Danjuma and Gerard Moreno are doubtful. Liverpool’s only injury concern remains Roberto Firmino, while Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Thiago Alcantara should return to the starting XI after being rested against Newcastle.
Football Betting Odds