Alexander-Arnold explains where Liverpool went wrong in first-half against Villarreal

Trent Alexander-Arnold was pleased with how Liverpool responded in their Champions League semi-final second leg against Villarreal.

Liverpool won the first leg 2-0 but Villarreal had the scores even by half-time in Spain on Tuesday.

The Reds eventually fought back to win the game 3-1 to book their place in the final.

“We never seem to make these Champions League semi-finals easy for ourselves,” Alexander-Arnold said. “Difficult, really difficult. We came here and they played very well first-half. We regrouped at half-time and got the game by the scruff of the neck. We did what we needed to do.

“We expected it but sometimes you can’t control the game how you want to. They scored early doors, which is what they wanted to do. But we got it done.

“We never played football that first half and didn’t pick up any second balls. They played the game they wanted to and we allowed them to do that. Second half we came our and controlled the goal better. One bad half over two legs, we can concede that to get the job done.

“It is always nice to get the job done on Tuesday, We can watch the game tomorrow knowing we will be there. Either opponent deserves to get to the final.”

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