Marcelino says Villarreal are “convinced” they can knock Liverpool out of the Europa League – and has vowed to make the Reds “suffer” at El Madrigal.
Liverpool travel to Spain for the first leg of the Europa League semi-final following their dramatic 5-4 aggregate victory over Borussia Dortmund in the previous round.
Jurgen Klopp’s men are favourites to beat a Villarreal side who are 20 points behind the top three in La Liga, but Marcelino insists his team can cause an upset.
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“Liverpool might be the favourite – the club, their history and the fact that they knocked out Borussia Dortmund all add up – but we don’t consider ourselves to be less than them,” the manager said.
“We are going to give everything from our side to eliminate this legendary team. We don’t have any pressure on us. I’m really satisfied with and grateful to this squad for getting to this semi-final.
“We are very hopeful and convinced that we are capable of beating Liverpool, and all the while we’ll be enjoying the occasion.
“I felt more pressure in the previous knockout ties. We have the chance to make history at this club now. If we manage to enjoy the match and do the things we know how to do I think they’re going to suffer a lot at our ground.”