The 2006 Champions semi-finalist Villarreal had an old acquaintance of Luis Díaz

The 2006 Champions semi-finalist Villarreal had an old acquaintance of Luis Díaz

Liverpool will play the UEFA Champions League semi-finals against Villarreal. The first game will be on April 27 at Anfield and memories take us to that Spanish team from 16 years ago in which the goalkeeper was Sebastián Viera, former partner of Luis Díaz in Junior.

He left several candidates on the way. They eliminated Juventus in the round of 16 and Bayer Munich in the quarterfinals. As in 2006, the yellow submarine got into the semis and will have another English rival.

It was in the era of Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini with Juan Román Riquelme, Diego Forlán, Juan Pablo Sorín, Marcos Senna and Uruguayan goalkeeper Sebastián Viera who alternated goalkeeping with Mariano Barbosa.

The current captain of Junior de Barraquilla he played eight games in that historic campaign for Villarreal. In the groups he started against Manchester United, Lille and Benfica. He continued in the round of 16 against Rangers and closed his participation from the start in the quarterfinal key against Inter Milan.

In the semi-finals against Arsenal he gave up the position to the Argentine. He was 22 years old and was responsible for a silly goal a few days before against Real Sociedad. The DT changed him, but the team did not qualify despite the fact that he showed better football than the Gunners.

After leaving the club, Viera had a brief spell with Larissa from Greece. In 2011 he reached Junior, he became the most successful player with seven titles and a symbol of a generation.

He also enjoyed the beginnings of Luis Díaz in the Barranquilla team. They shared three seasons from 2017 to 2019. FThey were champions four times: twice in the league, once in the Colombian Cup and once in the Super League.

The Colombian could start for Wednesday’s match at Anfield. He played just half an hour in the win against Everton with another assist.

Meanwhile, central defender Virgil Van Dijk pointed out that Villarreal will be a difficult rival for this tie that starts at home.

“I watched the games against Bayern Munich and they are a fantastic team defensively. The players work hard, they have a lot of experience and above all, they play as a team. Their central defenders are incredible. Raúl Albiol and Pau Torres. They are very experienced and fantastic. Then in the center of the field they have the calm and touch of Dani Parejo and above I highlight their speed “expressed the Dutch.



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