Liverpool players react with unbridled joy after reaching Europa League final

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The Reds beat Villarreal 3-0 at Anfield on Thursday to secure a 3-1 aggregate victory and set up a meeting with Sevilla later this month.

Liverpool reached their first European final in nine years on Thursday night with a 3-0 Europa League semi-final second leg victory over Villarreal at Anfield, and their players could not be more delighted.

Trailing 1-0 from last week's encounter in Spain, Bruno Soriano's own goal levelled the tie after just seven minutes, and second-half strikes from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana sealed the win for Liverpool.

That victory set up a final against defending champions Sevilla, who have won the competition in back-to-back seasons, in Basel later this month.

Though it did not have the drama of the Reds' incredible comeback win at Anfield over Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-final second leg last month, it was another European night to remember on Merseyside as the club reached their second final in just seven months under Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool have now beaten sides including Manchester United, Dortmund, and Villarreal on their way to the final, and despite Sevilla's pedigree in the competition they will surely have confidence of going on to lift the trophy.

For Sturridge, it was a cathartic occasion after he was left out of the first leg entirely and featured only as a substitute in both matches against Dortmund, and the striker who had a huge hand in all three goals led the reaction from the players on social media after the match.

 

Yeeaaahhh!! Yeeeaaahhhh!!!! Come on gggg!!! Final vibes. Thanks God for the Victory. Fans were unreal!!

A photo posted by Daniel Sturridge - Dstudge (@iamdanielsturridge) on

Like the Dortmund return leg, Anfield was a cauldron of noise and emotion, with a rousing rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone both before kick-off and in the closing moments of the match.

A host of Sturridge's teammates took to social media to voice their delight at reaching the final, and the superb Anfield support was a common theme throughout their messages.

What a performance and atmosphere last night!! One more game!.... #YNWA

A photo posted by Jordan Henderson (@jhenderson) on

Yes!!!!!! Well done boys . Well deserved result.

A photo posted by Joseenriquee3 (@joseenriquee3) on

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