Player ratings as Reds survive scare to reach Champions League final

A second-half horror show from Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli saw Liverpool come from behind to eventually reach the Champions League final with a degree of comfort on Tuesday night.

The disjointed visitors’ healthy two-goal aggregate lead had been wiped out with five minutes of the first half to spare, as Villarreal mounted a stirring comeback at a sodden Estadio de la Ceramica.

Liverpool were behind inside three minutes as Pervis Estupiñan’s searching cross reached Etienne Capoue unmarked at the back post, and the former Tottenham midfielder inadvertently squared for Boulaye Dia to slot into the gaping net.

Dani Parejo then fizzed a low drive narrowly wide before being saved by a combination of the woodwork and the referee’s whistle at the other end when he was dispossessed and Thiago Alcantara planted a shot onto the crossbar.

The Reds’ sloppiness was almost punished when Naby Keita ceded possession to Gerard Moreno. The striker fed Spurs loanee Giovani Lo Celso, who went down as he rounded Alisson but the goalkeeper was adjudged to have taken the ball before the man.

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