After Tuesday night’s ugly scenes before West Ham’s clash with Manchester United, Spanish website AS have released previously unseen footage of Liverpool hurling cans and beer bottles at the Villarreal team coach last week.
The Premier League clash between West Ham and United had to be delayed 45 minutes due to the carnage with United’s team coach being smashed on its way to the stadium.
While the football world condemned West Ham fans for the disgraceful scenes, something similar - albeit on a much smaller scale - was seen last week ahead of Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final clash against Villarreal.
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AS have claimed that the “tension was palpable as the bus headed for the stadium with numerous cans of beer being hurled at the coach.”
While United players were huddled in the aisles in the fear that their safety was in danger, Villarreal players appeared to be looking on and enjoying the atmosphere created by Liverpool supporters.
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As you can see in the video below, this is probably just a case of the Spanish media attempting to cause a stir ahead of Liverpool’s Europa League final against Sevilla.
You can view the full video here: http://en.as.com/en/2016/05/12/football/1463060534_689029.html#
Kopites lining the streets of Anfield Road ahead of a big match is something we’re being accustomed to on Merseyside. Red pyro and chanting usually welcomes the Liverpool squad as they arrive at the stadium, helping to generate a terrific atmosphere.
It certainly worked last week. The Reds had trailed the Yellow Submarine 1-0 after the first leg at El Madrigal and needed another famous European night to progress to the final.
The atmosphere was electric as Jurgen Klopp’s side brushed aside the Spanish side 3-0 to progress to the final in Basel on May 18. Joining them will be Sevilla, who are looking for their third consecutive victory in the competition.
It’s likely that Liverpool fans will attempt to greet their players arriving at the St. Jakob-Park stadium ahead of kick-off in six days time. With the capacity being just 38,512, the club were frustrated that many of their season-ticket holders wouldn’t be able to attend.
Klopp invited 100,000 Liverpool supporters to travel to Switzerland but quickly retracted that statement by saying the city “wasn’t ready” for an invasion of Liverpool fans.
But, Sevilla could only sell 7,000 of their 9,000 allocation meaning the Reds were handed an extra 1,400 tickets taking the official number of Liverpool fans inside the stadium next Wednesday to 10,400.