Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said that his rival Villarreal, led by coach Unai Emery, “the King of Cups”, deserved his place in the semi-finals of the Champions League. Liverpool tied 3-3 with its guest Benfica in the second leg of the quarter-finals, the day before yesterday, to cross to the semi-finals with a 6-4 victory on the aggregate score. Liverpool went up to face Villarreal, who made a big surprise by eliminating Bayern Munich from the quarter-finals. Klopp is afraid of the “European Emery complex”, which he previously suffered.
“I watched the results,” Klopp said. “It was a great match. I saw excerpts, but to beat Juventus and Bayern Munich means you deserve your place in the semi-finals.” He added: “Emery is the king of cup matches, what he does is unbelievable. But I need some time to prepare properly.”
Emery won the European League three times with Seville, before leading Villarreal to the title of the same tournament last season, and also won four titles in the local cups with Paris Saint-Germain. Klopp did not forget Emery’s victory over him in the 2016 European League final, when Emery was then coach of Seville.
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