Joe Allen thinks that Villarreal could have their work cut out at Anfield.
Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has issued a warning to their Europa League semi-final opponents Villarreal that they will have their work cut out when they visit Anfield for tomorrow night's second leg.
An Adrian Lopez stoppage time strike at El Madrigal gives the La Liga side a very slender lead going into the second leg, but Allen seems confident that the Reds have what it takes to turn things around tomorrow night and reach the final in Basel later this month.
The Welshman told UEFA.com: "There was an extremely fine line between us imposing our game plan in the first leg and getting a 1-0 win ourselves, and the way the match actually turned out. On another night we'd have won, which would have been ideal. But I'm confident that we've got enough to win this second leg and put them out."
Allen had a chance in the opening minutes of the game in Spain that he feels he should have done better with, while Roberto Firmino had an effort tipped onto the post, and Alberto Moreno squandered a late chance that surely would have given Liverpool that advantage going into tomorrow night's second leg.
It easily could have been a different scenario going into tomorrow's game but Liverpool must be confident having won each of their last four Europa League home games - which has included victories over both Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund to make it to this stage of the competition. The Reds certainly have form for turning up for the big games at home under the lights this season.
As for the first leg, Allen offered his assessment, saying: "The tactical element was a big test for everyone in terms of coming up against a team which plays differently to what we are used to. Technically, they move the ball so well. Top Spanish teams tend to be possession-based – something we don't meet week in, week out in England."
At this stage of the competition, Liverpool are bound to meet good technical sides. They will be looking to impose themselves on the game far more at Anfield tomorrow night.