VILLRREAL, SPAIN - Thursday, April 28, 2016: Liverpool's Kolo Toure and Alberto Moreno look dejected after the injury-time goal to Villarreal CF during the UEFA Europa League Semi-Final 1st Leg match at Estadio El Madrigal. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Should be a whole different story at Anfield” – Supporters react to Villarreal 1-0 Liverpool

Liverpool fell to a late Villarreal goal to lose 1-0 in Thursday night’s Europa League semi-final first leg, leaving supporters deflated.

After a strong, professional display from the Reds over 90 minutes, Adrian Lopez’s last-gasp strike is a major blow to Jurgen Klopp‘s side as they push for European glory this season.

A conservative outlook from the German saw Liverpool lack inspiration in the final third, and Villarreal made it count with a trademark counterattack late on.

Welcoming Marcelino’s side to Anfield in a week’s time, Klopp will be hoping for a more adventurous showing from the Reds, as well the rest of Anfield.

Here’s how supporters reacted to Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Villarreal on Thursday night.

There was a mixture of measured analysis, following what was a largely well-worked display from the Reds…

“It feels like a wasted opportunity, and probably was, but on the whole, it’s nothing that could really have been prevented without a full squad.”
redalways on the forums.

“Tie is certainly not over, but just like the Newcastle game, just like the Southampton game, you get the feeling that with slightly better management you’d get a far better result. We can still do these at Anfield, but they’re strong favourites now.”
MikeOscar on the forums.

Mixed in with a generous portion of criticism for Klopp’s in-game management, particularly the absence of Daniel Sturridge throughout…

“Ignore the result. Looking only at the performance, this was Hodgson-esque.”
AYBGerrardo on the forums.

“I think Klopp got it wrong tonight and should have prioritised the away goal over the clean sheet, at least in the last 20 minutes or so. Hopefully he can get it right at Anfield.”
Yo55arian22 on the forums.

While some, no doubt with the Reds’ quarter-final comeback fresh in their minds, maintaining a romantic optimism heading into the second leg…

“Just have to look on to next week now, and hope we can turn them over at Anfield.”
Celtic Dragon on the forums.

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