Etienne Capoue brands Liverpool’s Anfield "hell" before Champions League clash
Villarreal star Etienne Capoue has branded Liverpool's Anfield as "hell" ahead of the two sides' meeting in the Champions League semi-finals.
The Spanish side are bidding to reach the final of the competition for the first time in their history having last played in the semi-finals back in 2006. Former Watford midfielder Capoue is no stranger to the atmosphere that awaits him and his team-mates after playing away to Liverpool four times already in his career.
With those four previous visits having an aggregate scoreline of 17-1 in Liverpool's favour, Capoue is again expecting a difficult match, thanks in no small part to the famous Anfield crowd.
Speaking to AFP, via Sport Bible, Capoue explained: “Anfield is hell, you have to say it how it is. It’s hell. “It’s the worst stadium I’ve been to in England. Whether it’s the atmosphere, the way they play. For 90 minutes, you live in hell.
“They have this ability to transcend themselves, to cause you nothing but problems, all the time, in any part of the field.
“They never stop, they rush you all the time, they only want to score goals, and even when they score, they carry on. They want to knock you out. They don’t care what or who is in front of them. They just want to kill everyone and that’s it.”
Capoue has started all 10 of Villarreal's matches in the Champions League this season, included home and away to Manchester United in the group stage.
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In the knockout stages, the Yellow Submarine have shocked both Juventus and Bayern Munich to reach the last four, where they will again be underdogs as they take on Liverpool.
However, Capoue is happy with the club's underdog status, adding: “Winning the Champions League? We never had the audacity to say we could win the Champions League.
“We’re the smallest club in the semi-finals, we were the smallest club in the quarter-finals. We’re just making our merry way. And we have nothing to lose. We’re in the semis which shows we weren’t afraid of Juventus or Bayern. We don’t care, we know we’re underdogs."
Liverpool will travel to Spain for the return leg next Tuesday following Wednesday's first leg, with the winners of the tie set to face either Manchester City or Real Madrid in the final in Paris on May 28.
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