Villarreal’s phenomenal support refuse to leave Anfield after loss to Liverpool

Villarreal's phenomenal away supporters refused to leave Anfield on Wednesday night despite seeing their side lose to Liverpool.

The Spanish side succumbed to a 2-0 defeat during their Champions League semi-final first leg having frustrated their hosts for much of the match with an organised defensive display. Villarreal remain in the tie, though, and will look to overturn the two-goal deficit when Liverpool travel to Spain for next Tuesday's return leg.

Jurgen Klopp's side will have to contend with a pulsating atmosphere at the Estadio de la Ceramica, having seen a glimpse of it as the away fans refused to leave Anfield.

The travelling Villarreal contingent could be seen chanting and swinging their club scarves above their heads as they remained in the away end whilst the rest of Anfield emptied out.

A majority of the Villarreal fans even remained in the ground long after their players had headed down the tunnel, prompting questions as to whether they would leave before next week's second leg.

Their support earned the praise of their fellow fans both during and after the match, with one supporter tweeting: "Villarreal are a brilliant club though.. excellent fans and manager – classy from top to bottom."

Another added: "Shout out to the Villareal fans, superb support." Whilst a third also wrote: "Credit to Villarreal and Emery, love their fans too."

Those Villarreal supporters who stayed behind could even still be heard singing during Jurgen Klopp's post-match interview almost an hour after the match had come to an end.

The Yellow Submarine have made it to the last four of the Champions League for the first time since 2006, having only qualified for this season's competition by winning the Europa League in May last year.

Shock victories over Juventus and Bayern Munich had set up their clash with Liverpool, although the Spanish outfit will now need to overturn a two-goal deficit at home next week.

A Pervis Estupinan own goal and a Sadio Mane strike two minutes apart were the difference at Anfield ahead of Tuesday's reverse fixture, with the winners of the tie set to face either Manchester City or Real Madrid in the final.

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