Villarreal will take on Liverpool in the semi-final.

Villarreal fans celebrate Liverpool draw by listening to the Beatles on aeroplane

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Villarreal were travelling back from the Czech Republic during the Europa League draw.

The Spanish side will take on Liverpool in the semi-final after knocking out Sparta Prague.

To celebrate the meeting with Jurgen Klopp’s side, the fans, travelling on a different aircraft, listened to the Beatles’ classic Yellow Submarine. Watch the video by scrolling down the page.


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The irony of the tie is that Villarreal are known as The Yellow Submarine. Like Liverpool’s quarter-final draw, which pitted Klopp against his former team, the semi-final has an added level of interest.

The bookmakers believe Liverpool are the most likely team to win the tournament after they beat the previous favourites in dramatic fashion.

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Villarreal fans react

With the tie at 1-1 after last week’s first leg, things turned ugly for the Reds when Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Dortmund a 2-0 lead inside 10 minutes.

Divock Origi reduced the arrears shortly after half-time before Marco Reus reduced the German side’s two-goal cushion.

But goals from Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren mean April 14, 2016 will live long in the memory of Liverpool Football Club.

Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: Second Leg

Too soon to be talking about victory

Victory in the Europa League will guarantee Liverpool qualification for next season’s Champions League but when the question about whether the Reds could go all the way arose, Klopp responded in hilarious fashion.

“Please, please don’t ask me this s***,” he told BT Sport’s Des Kelly. “It’s so hard, I don’t know, I know nothing about the other results.

“Maybe all the Spanish teams are unbelievably strong. I could never understand why people said whoever wins this game wins the trophy but we can say we have time in the middle of May.”

Liverpool will travel to Villarreal for the first leg on April 28, while Anfield with host another European night on May 5.

The Reds will have been pleased to avoid holders Sevilla, who are looking to win the competition for the third successive year after they beat fellow La Liga outfit Athletic Bilbao on penalties.

Liverpool v Borussia Dortmund - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final: Second Leg

Senna's thoughts

Villarreal representative Marcos Senna reflected on the draw by admitting the team who makes the least mistakes will prevail.

“We will try and win the home leg, do our job at home, and not concede an away goal to make it easier," Senna said, per ESPN FC. “Then we know it will be difficult away.

“We will need to be focused on both legs, for sure, if we want to go through. There are no favourites at this moment, all four teams deserve to be here, have played a lot of football. The team who makes the least mistakes will make the final.

"We are happy with the draw. We did not want to meet Sevilla, we want to meet them in the final."

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