Villarreal dip into their own pockets to ensure 3,000 fans travel to Anfield – Liverpool FC

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Liverpool are due to meet Villarreal in the Champions League semi-finals, and the Spanish side are doing everything in their power to ensure they make it to Anfield on April 27.

While the Reds secured their place in the last four of the competition after beating Benfica, Villarreal pulled off the upset by forcing Bayern Munich to pack their bags.

It creates another tough tie for Jurgen Klopp’s side as they look to secure a place in their third cup final of the season, having secured a place in the FA Cup final on Saturday.

There’s no hiding from the power Anfield possess on a European night out and Villarreal know as much after succumbing to a 3-0 defeat in the Europa League semi-finals in 2015/16.

And to help 3,000 fans make the trip to Anfield from Spain, Villarreal must subsidize the cost of their trip to Merseyside for what is only their second Champions League semi-final appearance.

The Spanish club have confirmed they have arranged a return trip for supporters at a cost of €300, 50% of what the supporters’ trip would cost by making alternative arrangements.

The arrangement with the travel agency is expected to see the club shoulder a cost of €900,000 as they seek to ensure their supporters can make a difference at Anfield.

The first leg at Anfield on April 27 represents the Reds’ third Champions League semi-final under Klopp, and it will be the second time they have played the second leg away.

And the manager knows the difficult task ahead against Unai Emery’s side.

“I saw the Villarreal result. It was really impressive. They expelled Juventus and Bayern, so they deserve it,” he said.

“It’s really good, the manager is the king of the cups, when we play them we will be ready but give me time to prepare well.”

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