Jurgen Klopp hugs Marcelino following touchline spat

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Little happened on the pitch during Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final first leg with Villarreal on Thursday evening - until the final minutes, anyway - but there was a funny moment involving Jurgen Klopp and Marcelino on the touchline in the second half.

The two coaches had a clear difference of opinion following a tackle and were involved in a heated exchange of words.

However, after the referee and the fourth official intervened seconds later, Klopp and Marcelino shook hands and even gave each other a little hug. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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In truth, tonight’s match at El Madrigal was largely on the dull side; however, the game burst into life in the final minutes.

First, Simon Mignolet pulled off a brilliant save to deny Villarreal’s in-form striker Cédric Bakambu.

Video: Klopp and Marcelino's touchline spat

Video: Adrian Lopez wins it for Villarreal

But the Liverpool goalkeeper was unable to prevent Adrian Lopez tapping home Denis Suarez’s cross following a Villarreal counter-attack.

Liverpool have their work cut out in second leg

The Reds now have their work cut out ahead into next week’s second leg at Anfield, although after their dramatic victory over Borussia Dortmund in the last round they’ll still fancy their chances of progressing to the Europa League final.

Preventing Villarreal from scoring an away goal could be key.

If the Spanish side score at Anfield next Thursday night, Liverpool will need to score at least three goals in order to advance to the final.

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