Henderson makes 'lucky game' claim after Villarreal win

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has warned their trip to Villarreal will be tough insisting there'ws a bit of luck at Anfield

Liverpool had a dream start to their Champions League semi final on Wednesday night dominating their first leg tie at Anfield.

The first half proved frustrating for the  Reds as they failed to find a way through Villarreal's yellow wall but Henderson proved pivotal as his 53rd-minute cross into the box looked to break the deadlock, before Sadio Mane added a second just two minutes later.

The skipper drove forward down the right flank and his delivery was deflected in off Villarreal defender Pervis Estupinan, beating goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli at his near post.

Henderson claimed Liverpool knew the visitors would be a stubborn side to get past but insisted the Reds believed they could eventually break them down.

"They are a very organised team and we knew they would make it difficult," he told BT Sport following the game.

"It was just important that we kept going and believe that we would eventually break them down. We did that with two good goals."

The 31-year quickly realised his effort went down as an own goal and admitted it was a 'bit lucky'.

'Did it? I though it went straight in,' he joked.

"First one was a bit lucky," he added. "Good build up but a bit lucky, in off the defender and keeper I think. But you need a bit of luck when a team plays with a low block.

"We got that and it lifted the crowd. Majority of the game, the counter-press was really good. It made it difficult for them. But the game is still alive and it will be tough in Villarreal."

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