Jurgen Klopp’s side will be geared up for the return leg of the Europa league, hoping to upturn the 1-0 deficit from the 1st leg as Liverpool host Villarreal at Anfield on Thursday night.
Villarreal scored a 92nd minute goal that made the difference last Thursday night, they will be hoping to maintain the 1 goal lead as they travel to Anfield this Thursday to progress into the Europa league final.
The Europa League is Liverpool’s only shot at silverware this campaign and this is also their only hope for a place in the Europe competition next season. They will be hoping for a miracle in this game to progress into the finals.
Villarreal is in a good form in the Europa League, they are unbeaten in their last 12 matches.
Liverpool are also good in Europa, besides their first leg defeat, they are unbeaten in the Europa League this season.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their 6 home games in the Europa League and they have scored in each of their Europa league home games this season.
Liverpool: Team news
Jordan Henderson, Origi and Emre Can are out on injury, while Sakho is banned following a failed dope test.
Danny Ings is back to training but is yet to be certified fit as he might not feature again this season.
Liverpool: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-3-3)
Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno;
Milner, Leiva, Allen;
Villarreal: Team News
Eric Bailly will sit out in this game as he hasn’t recovered from the knock he picked up in the first leg. While the 23-year old striker Leo Baptistao is sidelined through a groin injury.
Villarreal: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Rukavinna, Musacchio, Bonera, Marin
Samuel, Rodrigo, Trigueros, Castillejo
Liverpool vs Villarreal: Head to Head Stats
This will be their third game played between these two teams, the two previous meetings have recorded a low turn out of goals as Adrian’s 92nd minute strike last Thursday night has been the only goal scored in games between the two.
Liverpool vs Villarreal: Prediction
Liverpool will be all out to grab a win at home but Villarreal will not be a work over team. The game is expected to be a tough one .
The game is expected be a rough one with many yellow cards or even a red card, the game is also expected to see less goals judging by their last meetings and might go on to extra time or penalties.
Best bet: (under 3.5 goals), (over 5.5 yellow cards).