Life of ease as Reds make mincemeat of Yellow Submarines

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Pool manager Jurgen Klopp praised the team’s “emotional football” after the game

LIVERPOOL reached their first European final since 2007 as they made light work of Villarreal, with a resounding 3-0 victory on another magical night at Anfield.

The Reds ripped into Villarreal amid a febrile atmosphere in their first home game since a judge ruled that the 96 victims of the Hillsborough Disaster had been killed unlawfully, and the Spanish team were visibly unnerved.

Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola seemed especially nervous, with a trio of early boobs culminating in an own goal from captain Bruno Soriano, who turned the outstanding Roberto Firmino’s cross into the net under pressure from Daniel Sturridge.

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Sturridge claimed the second goal himself following more impressive work from perennial pest Firmino, who chested the ball down before taking out three defenders with a beautifully-controlled pass, after earlier sending Spurs flop Roberto Soldado down the shops with a sublime piece of skill.

As Villarreal became increasingly niggly, their night took a further downturn when defender Victor Ruiz was sent off for a second bookable offence, before Adam Lallana completed the rout after steering home a loose ball following a miscue by Sturridge.

Liverpool’s win also prevented a European monopoly by Spanish teams, as Sevilla trounced Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 in the night’s other semi-final for a 5-3 aggregate victory, which takes them to their third consecutive Europa League final.

The Andalucians will present a stern test for the Scousers in Basel on May 18, but if Pool can repeat this level of performance they need not fear anyone.

Firmino’s amazing turn

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