Sturridge sends Liverpool into Europa League final
LIVERPOOL—Daniel Sturridge was involved in all three goals as Liverpool impressively beat Villarreal 3-0 at Anfield on Thursday to set up a Europa League final date with holders Sevilla.
Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Liverpool levelled the tie when Bruno Soriano put through his own goal under their place in next season’s Champions League play-offs is already secure.
“The early goal was a hammer blow,” said beaten coach Marcelino. “We tried hard after that, but it was tough against an opponent who played with a huge amount of intensity.”
Sevilla, seeking to win the competition the sliding Sturridge getting a touch just in front of him, Bruno contrived to bundle the ball into his own net.
Shortly after, Lallana scuffed wide from James Milner’s superb, curved pass down the inside-right channel.
Villarreal survived the onslaught, but the noise and early setback appeared to