Steven Gerrard wins bet against Giovani dos Santos on Liverpool v Villarreal

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Steven Gerrard had the utmost confidence that his former club Liverpool would defeat Villarreal in their two-legged Europa League semi-final tie.

In fact, he was so confident that he put on a little bet with his current LA Galaxy teammate Giovani dos Santos.

Dos Santos played for Villarreal for two seasons, while his brother Jonathan still plies his trade at El Madrigal. The Mexican must have felt confident after the Yellow Submarine won the first leg 1-0, but Liverpool thrashed the Spanish club 3-0 at Anfield last night to seal their place in the Europa League final.


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That was bad news for Dos Santos, who must now fork out the price of a slap-up meal for the English midfielder.

And Gerrard has warned his teammate that he likes to go all out when attending his favourite LA restaurants.

Gerrard: I have expensive taste

"I know some pretty expensive restaurants, and Gio thinks it'll be a typical three-course dinner, however, I enjoy five-courses,” Gerrard was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper AS.

Liverpool outclassed Villarreal

Liverpool levelled the aggregate score thanks to Bruno’s own goal in the seventh minute, while second-half goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana sent the Reds through to the final which takes place on May 18.

Jurgen Klopp’s men will take on a Sevilla side who are on course for a hat-trick of Europa League titles.

In truth, Villarreal were outclassed by their English opponents at Anfield.

The likes of Bruno, Denis Suarez and Cedric Bukambu - three of Villarreal’s key players - failed to make an impact and Liverpool deservedly ran out 3-0 winners on the night.

Klopp delighted with victory

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Klopp was quoted by the Independent as saying: "I have not the right words for this performance so maybe you can find a few - it is your job.

"It was nice to watch, be part of it, the whole performance from 6.45pm when we drove through the road again.

"The first half-hour was power, the will was obvious and 15 minutes (of the first half) we lost a bit of patience.

"Second half we were back to the plan. We were very emotional plus very smart and scored some wonderful goals."

Liverpool face Watford this weekend

Klopp will now be hoping his team can get back to winning ways in the Premier League following last weekend’s 3-1 defeat to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Liverpool face Watford on Sunday afternoon, followed by matches against Chelsea (H) and West Brom (A).

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