On this day in 2016 Liverpool qualified for the Europa League final, beating Villareal 3-1 on aggregate.
Following the first leg of the tie in Spain Villareal led the Reds 1-0. Ahead of the match Liverpool’s last win came four games ago in the form of a 4-0 win over Everton, thus the Spanish outfit were tipped to be the ones to make it to the final.
However, in typical Reds fashion, Liverpool proved the doubters wrong, putting on a dominant display against the Yellow Submarine. An own goal from Bruno Soriano set the tone for the match as Jürgen Klopp’s men were unstoppable, going on to net a further two goals in the second half through Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana. Villareal looked lost throughout the match, as they struggled against the hosts at Anfield, an up-hill battle only exacerbated by Victor Ruiz getting sent off at 2-0 down. After the 90 minutes were up Liverpool ran out victorious, claiming a 3-0 win and securing a trip to Basel to face reigning champions, Sevilla.