Villarreal expect £36m star to be fit to face Liverpool but £45m sensation is a major doubt after missing training

Villarreal look set to welcome talismanic forward Gerard Moreno back into their starting XI for the Champions League semi-final second leg against Liverpool.

The Spaniard forward, valued at £36million, missed the first leg with a hamstring injury but is set to make a return tonight.

According to the Athletic, Unai Emery expects to have Moreno back fit to face the Reds but the La Liga outfit could be without Arnaut Danjuma, who is valued at £45m.

Gerard Moreno

The Dutch forward missed training on Monday due to a foot injury and although he didn’t trouble Liverpool much in the first leg, he’s a key player for Emery and his team.

In all competitions this season, Moreno and Danjuma have scored 29 goals combined and represent the bulk of Villarreal’s attacking firepower.

Without them, Villarreal are toothless in attack.

Dani Parejo and Jordan Henderson

Liverpool are in a strong position ahead of kickoff this evening with their 2-0 lead creating a valuable buffer but Jurgen Klopp will be once again warning against complacency.

The German is one of the few managers in the world that you can expect to keep his players grounded at all times.

Despite the Reds gunning for an unprecedented quadruple this season, there have been no signs of arrogance or superiority from this group of players and that comes from the leadership within the group.

Jurgen Klopp

Figures like Klopp, Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and, of course, James Milner would not let the group get carried away.

As things stand, Liverpool have won the Carabao Cup and only the Carabao Cup.

While many fans would not care to admit it, there is still a chance that Liverpool win just one trophy this season.

Liverpool lift the Carabao Cup - Jordan Henderson

Chelsea are not going to lie down and hand Liverpool the FA Cup without a fight and the Premier League title race is in Manchester City’s hands.

Should Liverpool reach the Champions League final in Paris, they will not have an easy game against either Man City or Real Madrid and so there is still a lot of work to be done to achieve something memorable this season.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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