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Robertson insists Liverpool are ‘enjoying it’ after Champions League win

Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson said he and his teammates are “enjoying” their hectic schedule as they earned a 2-0 first-leg lead in their Champions League semi-final against Villarreal.

An own goal and a Sadio Mane strike, both early in the second half, were enough for Jurgen Klopp’s men to secure a decent cushion ahead of next Tuesday’s second leg in Spain.

Villarreal frustrated Liverpool at Anfield in the first half but could not stop them from winning their ninth Champions League match of the season, the most games the Reds have ever won in a single campaign in European competition (excluding qualifiers).

Speaking to BT Sport after the win, captain Jordan Henderson praised the visitors and said staying “positive” was vital for Liverpool.

Henderson said about Unai Emery’s side:

“Yeah, very organised team.

“We knew they’d make it difficult, but it was important that we just kept going, stay positive.

“And we had the confidence that if we did that, kept moving the ball quickly.

“We’d eventually break them down, and we did that with two good goals.”

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It was Henderson’s cross that deflected in off Pervis Estupinan to break the deadlock finally, and when told it had deflected, the England international jokingly replied: “Did it? I thought it went straight in!

“Yeah, a little bit lucky, but it was a good play, good build-up.

“But it would help if you had a little bit of luck against teams with a low block.

“We got that with the first, and thankfully we got another one.”

Liverpool had 19 shots to Villarreal’s one on a dominant night for the Reds. The Yellow Submarine’s one shot, which missed the target, is the joint-fewest by any side in a Champions League semi-final according to Opta since this data has been available (2003-04), along with Inter v Barcelona in 2009-10.

BT Sport also asked Robertson about the game. He was keen to point out that the players are enjoying themselves, with an unprecedented quadruple of the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and EFL Cup still possible.

Robertson said:

“We had quite a few chances in the first half, just trying to break them down.

“The first goal always does that [gives you a boost]. We then had a bit of momentum.

“The noise in here was incredible after the first goal, which took us to the second one.

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“We’d have liked to add maybe one more. But it wasn’t meant to be but a clean sheet and two goals? We can’t argue with that.

“You have to [work hard]. It’s the semi-final of the Champions League. If you can’t run about for 90 minutes in this kind of game, then when will you?

“Our intensity’s been high the last couple of games, we’ve had an accurate hectic schedule, and we’re enjoying it. I think you saw that today.

“There’s still a lot of work to do in this tie, but we’re happy with our work tonight.”

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