Villarreal boss highlights size difference to Liverpool using Benteke

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The Liverpool striker cost more than the entire Villarreal squad according to Marcelino.

Villarreal boss Marcelino has emphasized the difference in stature between his side and Liverpool, by commenting on Christian Benteke’s price tag, reports Sky Sports.

Liverpool host Villarreal on Thursday evening in the second leg of their Europa League semi final.

The Reds are trailing in the tie, having conceded a late goal in the first leg in Spain last week.

Nonetheless, many are predicting another magical evening at Anfield, like they enjoyed against Borussia Dortmund in the last round.

Marcelino though, is confident his side can progress, but was keen to point out the size difference in the two clubs by using Benteke’s price tag as an example.

"Liverpool as a club have an extraordinary squad of footballers when you consider Benteke cost 50m euros which equates to the whole turnover of Villarreal as a club," Sky Sports reports him saying.

"We come here full of hope, we are going to give everything we have got and we will enjoy ourselves.”

“Our main aim is to be competitive. We feel we have the capabilities we can make it through to the final."

At 1-0, there is no denying that the tie is far from over just yet as Liverpool are more than capable of scoring the goals to progress.

Villarreal should not be underestimated by any means though, having finished in the top four in La Liga and enjoying success against Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid this season.

Key to the game will the strikers, with questions still remaining over whether the aforementioned Benteke will start ahead of Daniel Sturridge.

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