Liverpool reach Champions League final

Jürgen Klopp said reaching a third Champions League final in five seasons with Liverpool felt as good as the

first one after his team recovered from a punishing first half to beat Villarreal on a pulsating night in eastern Spain.

Liverpool conceded twice before the interval for a 2-2 aggregate scoreline, the stadium rocking as Villarreal advertised a stunning comeback.

But inspired by the half-time introduction of Luis Díaz, Liverpool regained their poise to win 3-2 on the night and 5-2 overall.

in Paris, with Mohamed Salah hoping it will be the former. Salah wants to avenge the 2018

loss to Real in the final when he was manhandled out of the game by Sergio Ramos.

I want to play Real Madrid, I have to be honest,” Salah said. “Hopefully we’ll win it from them as well.

Klopp was overjoyed, particularly at the mental toughness that his players showed in the second half.

Outstanding, massive – it feels like the first one because it’s always so special,” the manager said. “I love it, the sound of it … the whole night.