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Summary

  1. Liverpool through to Europa League final
  2. They will meet Sevilla in Basel on 18 May
  3. Liverpool's first European final since 2007

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By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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How good is Liverpool's record in European competitions?
After Liverpool beat Villarreal to book a place in the Europa League final, BBC Sport examines Liverpool's excellent record in European competition.

More magical nights ahead?

Liverpool
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Not bad is this Klopp chap is he?

Seven months in the job and he's got Liverpool into two finals. Will this one end with a trophy?

Against defending champions Sevilla. In Basel. In just under two weeks. Should be a belter.

That's it from us, see you later.

Some unbelievable European nights at Anfield in recent weeks...

Some unbelievable European nights at Anfield in recent weeks...

Emre Can celebrates
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Fantastic performance by all but a special mention for Emre Can who was outstanding!

'Out fought, out though and out played'

Liverpool into the Europa League final

Mark Lawrenson

Former Liverpool defender on BBC Radio 5 live

"I think Liverpool made Villarreal play at a pace they were not comfortable playing at. 

"The third goal was obviously key but in the end Liverpool had Villarreal making all sorts of mistakes. That was a sign of a team that had been out fought, out thought and out played."

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James Milner and Adam Lallana
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Tony: Well done L'pool , I was at the Bernabeu last night . If you put enough into a match you'll get something out of it.   

Hulk Wogan: Got to turn this cup form into league from next season and get a new left back...

Real Madrid, Alaves, Sevilla

  • Liverpool will face Spanish opposition in a European final for the third time, having played Real Madrid in the 1981 European Cup Final (won 1-0) and Alaves in the 2001 UEFA Cup (won 5-4 after extra-time).
  • The Reds have only failed to score in one of their 21 home Europa League games (0-0 v Braga in December 2010).
  • Daniel Sturridge has scored in four of his past five appearances for Liverpool at Anfield in all competitions.
  • Only James Milner (14) has more assists in all competitions for Liverpool this season than Roberto Firmino (9).
  • Daniel Sturridge was involved in more Europa League goals tonight (2, one goal, one assist) than in his previous 13 games combined in the competition (1).
  • The Reds are the third English team to qualify for a Europa League final, following Fulham in 2010 and Chelsea in 2013.

Klopp like Shankly?

Mark Lawrenson

Former Liverpool defender on BBC Radio 5 live

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"He had an aura about him that Klopp certainly has."

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Jurgen Klopp
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Khalid:#EuropaLeague final in Klopp's first season in charge, great achievement as we beat BIG teams like Dortmund en route 

Mickey Somiah: Dankie #Jurgenklopp for bringing the belief back to @LFC...Two finals in 7 months..who would have thought..

Basel
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He's right, you know. Basel is a nice city.

'We'll take 100,000!'

A bit more from Jurgen Klopp, who is doing his best to boost Switzerland tourism: "We go to Basel. We take 50k, 60k not in the stadium - maybe 100k - it is a nice city by the way, close to my home."

Liverpool players celebrate
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, speaking to BT Sport: "Wonderful night, brilliant game from my side. What a performance. The first half an hour was a big emotion. It was great. The last 15 minutes of tthe first half we lost patience. The second half plan was to keep going with the emotional football but using the brain a bit more and in the end brilliant.

"Everyone spoke a lot about this team before I came here. It was all about quality and not good transfers, I came here because I thought they had a nice squad but now we are in the final - Basel - a longer season!"

Liverpool into the Europa League final

Adam Lallana
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Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana, speaking to BT Sport: "We knew it would be a difficult night, we knew they could get the away goal but credit to the lads. The lads deserved to be in the final and hopefully we can win it. You have to show this competition respect and I feel we have done that."

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Klopp gestures
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James Williams: Jurgen Klopp giving 1980s @HulkHogan a run for his money touting up the crowd  

Huw Savage: Outstanding performance @LFC..looking forward to another day out in KC on the 18th!!!  

Ed O'Toole: Well done Liverpool. Almost as if Villarreal hadn't heard of Anfield when they celebrated at the end of the first leg.....  

Liverpool into the Europa League final

Daniel Sturridge applauds
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Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, speaking to BT Sport: "There will always be ups and downs in football. It is about being prepared to put your body on the line and take chances. It is a great feeling."

Liverpool into the Europa League final

Klopp celebrates
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Jurgen Klopp is on the pitch and fist pumping the sky. He's loving this.

Defending champions await the Reds

Sevilla FC players celebrate
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Want to know who Liverpool's opponents in the final in Basel on 18 May will be? Sevilla. They've just beaten Shakhtar Donetsk 3-1 on the night and 5-3 on aggregate.

LIVERPOOL INTO EUROPA LEAGUE FINAL

Mark Lawrenson

Former Liverpool defender on BBC Radio 5 live

Kolo Toure celebrate
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"When you talk about Liverpool in the final think about this: Manchester United, Borussia Dotmund and Villarreal home and away. A very difficult run and they have done it."

FULL-TIME

Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal (3-1 agg)

Liverpool
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That's it and Liverpool are into the Europa League final!

YELLOW CARD

Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal (3-1 agg)

Late booking for Denis Suarez and a free kick for Liverpool.

Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal (3-1 agg)

Adam Lallana stings Alphonse Areola with a fizzing effort. Great save, but Liverpool are hungry for more. They might not have time though.

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Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal (3-1 agg)

Daniel Sturridge
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A standing ovation for Daniel Surridge as he goes off. He smiles at Jurgen Klopp and gets a slap on the back from the Liverpool boss. He's replaced by Lucas.

Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal (3-1 agg)

Jurgen Klopp
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Good times ahead for Liverpool? Got to admit, they've developed into a very impressive side under Jurgen Klopp. They've ultimately dominated a good side in Villarreal tonight. The visitors, in truth, haven't really threatened Simon Mignolet.

There'll be three minutes of timed added on as Joe Allen shoots straight at Alphonse Areola.

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal (3-1 agg)

Roberto Firmino is going off to a standing ovation. Fully deserved after an excellent second half. On comes Christian Benteke for the final few minutes.

Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal (3-1 agg)

Liverpool are playing with freedom now as Daniel Sturridge is played onside and he is through on goal. He races towards the keeper but puts his shot too close to Alphonse Areola before Joe Allen swipes the loose ball wide.

Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal (3-1 agg)

Mark Lawrenson

Former Liverpool defender on BBC Radio 5 live

"You can see that the really hard work Villarreal had to endure in the first half has taken their legs away from them. But for Liverpool, it appears to be the norm for them."

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Viktor Kassai
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Josh Bradshaw: Liverpool look good here but the ref has had a shocker!   

Pam Stanway: Come on lads..not long to go now. What a night!  

Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal (3-1 agg)

Nerves gone, Anfield has found its voice now. Liverpool are on their way to sinking the Yellow Submarine. The fight has gone from the visitors.

GOAL Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal (3-1 agg)

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana
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Adam Lallana celebrates
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Game, set and match!

Adam Lallana surely ensures Liverpool won't have a nervous final few minutes as he grabs his side's third. Great work once again from Roberto Firmino, who advances on the full-back before cutting back to Daniel Sturridge. The striker mishits his effort, but Lallana is there to flick home from close range.

Liverpool 2-0 Villarreal (2-1 agg)

Marcelino Garcia Toral
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A few step overs, a drop of the shoulder and Daniel Sturridge shoots. It's over, but it was a tricky angle.

PENALTY APPEAL

Liverpool 2-0 Villarreal (2-1 agg)

Uh oh. A moment of panic for Liverpool as Denis Suarez tumbles in the area after a challenge by Alberto Moreno. Suarez wants a penalty but the referee is having none of it. Seen them given.

Liverpool 2-0 Villarreal (2-1 agg)

Villarreal showed in the first leg that it isn't over until it is over and they have a corner, but it fails to beat the first man.

You should never fail to beat the first man from a corner.

Liverpool 2-0 Villarreal (2-1 agg)

Mark Lawrenson

Former Liverpool defender on BBC Radio 5 live

Kolo Toure
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"Dare we say Villarreal are starting to look a little bit leggy. 

"Liverpool's midfielders can just sit in there now. They don't have to go running all over the place, which is something they have been doing lately."

Liverpool 2-0 Villarreal (2-1 agg)

Roberto Firmino is running the show in this half and he forces Alphonse Areola into a diving save with a fierce effort from just outside the box. Firmino releasing his anger at not being included in Brazil's Copa America squad?

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 2-0 Villarreal (2-1 agg)

Another change for the visitors as Jonathan dos Santos goes off and on comes former Milan defender Daniele Bonera. Villarrea shoring things up after Victor Ruiz's dismissal.

RED CARD FOR VILLARREAL

Liverpool 2-0 Villarreal (2-1 agg)

Victor Ruiz of Villarreal
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It gets worse for Villarreal as Victor Ruiz is shown a second yellow card after standing on Adam Lallana's foot.

Liverpool 2-0 Villarreal (2-1 agg)

This tie is far from over. A goal for Villarreal and they will be in the driving seat because they will go through on away goals. 

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Liverpool 2-0 Villarreal (2-1 agg)

Here comes someone Liverpool won't want to see. Adrian Lopez, who scored the winner in the first leg, comes on for Roberto Soldado. 

Lopez also scored at the weekend. Bit surprised he was on the bench to be honest but he will be a threat now.

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Daniel Sturridge celebrates
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Stevey Gee sings: Say what you want about Sturridge. He is world class. Just like his dancin.

JBT: Firmino with a brilliant assist and then he goes on and turns Soldado inside out. Incredible stuff. Keep it up Reds!