Liverpool claimed a comfortable win against Villarreal in the first leg of the semifinal to put one foot in Champions League final in Paris.

Jurgen Klopp’s men dominated the game from the beginning but only managed to get the breakthrough in the second half.

Two second half goals from a Pervis Estupinan own goal and Sadio Mane was enough to set the six-times European champions in pole position ahead of the second leg next week in Spain.

Sadio Mane’s 55th minute strike equals Didier Drogba’s record of most goals scored by an African in the Champions League knockout stages with his 14th at Anfield on Wednesday night.

Villarreal, who had beaten Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals, had very little to offer and now have a mountain to climb when they host Liverpool at the Estadio de la Ceramica next week.

Reacting after the game, Jurgen Klopp was full of praises for his side following the victory over Villarreal.

“We played a really good game for 95minutes, but we didn’t score in the first half. It’s all about patience, it’s a football patience. I told the boys at halftime that I wasn’t worried about the physicality because I saw we were very fresh and really in the game, we just have to keep enjoying it because human beings are like that.” He said to BeintSport.

“You try once, fine, you fail twice, three times fine, 56 times, we then stayed still and positive and go again, then that made the difference. And that’s why I’m really happy with the second half of course as well we scored the goals, wonderful goals and great determination in the situation.”