Confirmed: Villarreal v Liverpool line-ups, Benteke and Sturridge on the bench

Villarreal, El Madrigal

Liverpool take on Villarreal this evening at El Madrigal.

Liverpool take on Villarreal this evening in the next chapter of their Europa League adventure.

The Reds face the La Liga side in the first leg of the semi-final, hoping to leave themselves in a strong position for next week's return at Anfield, and grab an away goal or two.

The fixture is Liverpool's reward for their sensational quarter-final win over Borussia Dortmund, a 5-4 victory on aggregate.

They are without two of the goalscorers from the tie at Anfield, with Divock Origi out with an ankle injury, and Mamadou Sakho left behind as he faces a potential ban for failing a drugs test.

With a prize of a Champions League place up for grabs for this year's Europa League winners, the stakes are high for the Reds, whose league position of seventh makes this their best opportunity.

Villarreal are fourth in La Liga, but are being chased down by Celta Vigo.

Here is a look at how the two teams line-up...

Villarreal lineup

Starting:

  • Sergio Asenjo
  • Eric Bailly
  • Jaume Costa
  • Mario Gaspar
  • Víctor Ruiz
  • Tomás Pina
  • Jonathan dos Santos
  • Bruno Soriano
  • Denis Suárez
  • Cédric Bakambu
  • Roberto Soldado

Substitutes: Alphonse Areola, Mateo Musacchio, Antonio Rukavina, Samu Castillejo, Samu, Manu Trigueros, Adrián López.

Liverpool lineup

Starting:

  • Simon Mignolet
  • Nathaniel Clyne
  • Dejan Lovren
  • Alberto Moreno
  • Kolo Touré
  • Joe Allen
  • Philippe Coutinho
  • Adam Lallana
  • Lucas Leiva
  • James Milner
  • Roberto Firmino

Substitutes: Danny Ward, Brad Smith, Martin Škrtel, Pedro Chirivella, Jordon Ibe, Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge.

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