Liverpool prevented a threatening comeback from Villarreal to reach the Champions League final on Tuesday as second-half goals from Fabinho, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane secured a 5-2 aggregate victory.
Villarreal trailing 2-0 from the first leg, charged early at the Estadio de la Ceramica after Boulaye Dia scored in the third minute and Francis Coquelin headed in another to level the tie at 2-2.
Jurgen Klopp had to shuffle his pack in the second half to shake Liverpool to life and it worked when he brought in Luis Diaz for Diogo Jota.
The visitors scored three times in 12 minutes to kill off Villarreal’s revival and advance to their third Champions League final in five years.
Liverpool will await the winner of Real Madrid and Manchester City, who play their second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, with City leading 4-3 from the opener last week.