Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final second leg tie against Villarreal has been hit by dreadful weather, with heavy rains battering the Spanish east coast. The federal government have issued a yellow weather warning for storms and rain which is predicted to last until midnight.
And if the cruel conditions proceed there may very well be query marks over whether or not the sport will have the ability to happen as scheduled. A video posted online by talkSPORT journalist Declan McCarthy from inside Villarreal’s Estadio de la Ceramica even showed rain coming through a roof, resulting in wet floors contained in the concourse.
But he did add within the tweet: “Just arrived in Villarreal, storm like weather here. Pitch looks okay from my POV it’s just every little thing else. Hopefully this passes through and the sport goes ahead.”
Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side shall be desperately hoping the encounter goes ahead as they give the impression of being to complete off the job after beating The Yellow Submarine 2-0 in the primary leg at Anfield last week.
An own-goal from Villarreal goalkeeper Pervis Estupinan was followed up by a Sadio Mane strike to place the Reds in a commanding position as they proceed their pursuit of an unprecedented quadruple. And the final thing they need is a more congested fixture list, with it not being clear when the second leg would have the ability to be played if it is known as off tonight.
Speaking in regards to the match in a press conference earlier this week, Klopp warned his team against complacency, saying: “We all know that it’s half-time. In one of the best possible way we now have to disregard the result from the primary leg. If it were a cup game where just one game decided, and we needed to go to Villarreal, we might attempt to win there.
“We all know they are going to give all they’ve, that is totally clear. With all of the things Unai said after the sport… it will be a troublesome one but that is totally nice. Champions League semi-finals ought to be tough; we never expect them to be easy and this may not be easy. But we played a very good game at home and we higher play a very good game there as well.”
Following the sport against Villarreal, Liverpool host top four-chasing Tottenham on the weekend before a visit to face Aston Villa and club legend Steven Gerrard the next Tuesday. They usually still have an FA Cup final to look ahead to against Chelsea on May 14.
The Reds have already got one cup under their belts this season after they beat the Blues on penalty within the Carabao Cup final in February. They usually want to seek immortality and stake a claim to be arguably the best English side in history by winning three more before the top of the campaign.