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Confirmed: Liverpool v Villarreal line-ups: Sturridge starts

Liverpool take on Villarreal at Anfield.

Liverpool are hoping for another famous night at Anfield as they seek to qualify for the Europa League final.

Villarreal won the first leg of the semi-final 1-0, with the Reds failing to score a crucial away goal.

This means the Reds will have to defend especially carefully, to prevent Villarreal from gaining a crucial advantage by scoring one of their own, and making their own job more difficult.

No matter how far behind they fall, within reason, Liverpool will maintain belief they can win, after their miraculous comeback against Borussia Dortmund in the quarter final, coming back from 4-2 down on aggregate to win 5-4, with Dejan Lovren scoring a last minute winner.

Two scorers that night are absent, with Divock Origi injured and Mamadou Sakho suspended.

The prize for the winner is a final against either Sevilla or Shakhtar, with a Champions League place awarded to the victors of the competition for the first time, increasing the stakes for Liverpool.

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

Liverpool lineup


  • Simon Mignolet
  • Nathaniel Clyne
  • Dejan Lovren
  • Alberto Moreno
  • Kolo Touré
  • Emre Can
  • Philippe Coutinho
  • Adam Lallana
  • James Milner
  • Roberto Firmino
  • Daniel Sturridge

Substitutes: Danny Ward, Brad Smith, Martin Škrtel, Joe Allen, Jordon Ibe, Lucas Leiva, Christian Benteke.

Villarreal lineup


  • Alphonse Areola
  • Jaume Costa
  • Mario Gaspar
  • Mateo Musacchio
  • Víctor Ruiz
  • Tomás Pina
  • Jonathan dos Santos
  • Bruno Soriano
  • Denis Suárez
  • Cédric Bakambu
  • Roberto Soldado

Substitutes: Aitor Fernández Abarisketa.

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