Liverpool centre-back, Virgil van Dijk, has warned his team not to suffer the same fate as Juventus and Bayern Munich when they met Villarreal in the Champions League.
Villarreal made a surprise move in the 2021-2022 Champions League.
At the first meeting of the last eight, Villarreal was able to defeat Bayern Munich with a score of 1-0.
Before Bayern, the champion of the Italian League, Juventus, had felt the power of Unai Emery’s team first.
Villarreal had the opportunity to host first by hosting Juventus at El Madrigal.
In the first leg of the last 16, Villarreal was able to hold Juventus to a 1-1 draw.
In the next match which took place at Juventus Stadium, Villarreal appeared mighty by making monthly hosts.
The Bianconeri were ruthlessly thrashed 3-0 by Villarreal despite winning possession of the ball by up to 59 percent.
Villarreal finally qualified for the quarter-finals with a 4-1 aggregate victory over Juventus.
After conquering Juventus and Bayern, The Yellowsubmarines will meet another strong team in the Champions League semifinals, Liverpool.
Liverpool itself managed to qualify for the last four of the Champions League thanks to a 6-4 aggregate victory over Benfica (first leg won 3-1, second leg drew 3-3).
Liverpool centre-back, Virgil van Dijk, had warned his team-mates long ago to be wary of Villarreal’s strength.
Virgil van Dijk believes Villarreal will be a tough challenge for Liverpool in the Champions League.
Moreover, according to the Dutch national team captain, Villarreal have four key players in each line.
“Villarreal will be a very difficult opponent,” said Van Dijk, quoted by BolaSport.com from Marca.
“Midfield will be key because Dani Parejo’s presence is very good.”
“Obviously Etienne Capoue did a very good job and now Arnaut Danjuma, who I know from the national team, is doing very well.”
“There are very good players too like Pau Torres who is an extraordinary player in defence.”