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Villarreal boss Unai Emery hints at using Everton’s tactical approach to frustrate Liverpool in the Champions League game

UNAI EMERY has hinted Villarreal will copy Everton’s approach to Sunday’s Merseyside derby as his side look to surprise Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals.

The LaLiga giants stunned Bayern Munich to reach and become the final four hoping to shock the wild reds on Anfield Road.

Unai Emery has hinted his Villarreal will play deep and frustrate Liverpool in Wednesday night's Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield

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Unai Emery has hinted his Villarreal will play deep and frustrate Liverpool in Wednesday night’s Champions League semi-final first leg at AnfieldCredit: EPA

Former Arsenal boss emery is no stranger Jürgen KloppAttack first, counter-pressing tactic.

But he has hinted at his villa real will use low defensive block to frustrate Liverpool and slow down their wild attack in the first leg.

Everton had just 17 percent possession in Sunday’s derby as they aimed to keep the Reds away, the second-lowest in league history.

That The Reds eventually broke off the Toffees to keep their title bid alive – and push their Merseyside rivals deeper into a relegation battle.

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But Emery thinks his side could have more fun.

At his pre-game press conference, Emery said, “The surprise factor is going away.

“It’s no longer present, whoever reaches the Champions League semi-finals is there because they deserve it.

“Liverpool know we’re in good European form, that we’ve eliminated two great teams.

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“They know it won’t be easy. They will feel like favourites, that’s normal, but they will respect us.”

And Emery gave a brief insight into his side’s tactical approach, adding: “I see a Liverpool that have improved.

“We meet Liverpool at their best.

“It’s true that they can have more difficulties against teams that withdraw.”

Emery admitted, “But they’re prepared for it.”

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On Sunday, Klopp changed the game with an attacking substitution, having replaced striker Divock Origi for Naby Keita.

Origi was involved in the Reds’ first goal – Andrew Robertson’s header, his first strike in front of the Kop – and nodded home with his second goal in the tense win.

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