It was the home side who dominated the whole game. They had possession of around 73%, completing around 740 passes.
Both teams went into the first half goalless. However, it was Liverpool who came closest to scoring when Thiago’s effort from 20 yards hit the post. Moreover, Sadio Mane’s effort was also deflected inches wide of the left post.
Later, five minutes after the restart, Fabinho scored a goal, but the goal was disallowed because Van Dijk was offside in the build up play. Not long after that, Villarreal scored an own goal when Henderson’s cross was deflected by Estupinan.
Liverpool doubled their lead in just two minutes when Salah sent a through ball to Mane in the box for him to score.
Liverpool holds a two-goal lead going into the second leg against Villarreal on May 4th at the La Ceramica.