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Villarreal midfielder Coquelin: We won't stand back and admire Liverpool

Francis Coquelin insists Villarreal are not going to marvel at Anfield during the Champions League semi-final with Liverpool.

The Spanish side will visit Merseyside for the first leg on Wednesday, having beaten Bayern Munich and Juventus to reach the final four.

And Coquelin - who played in England with Arsenal - says Villarreal have every intention to fight for victory at the famous stadium.

"Liverpool are probably the team that press best," he told the Guardian. "I can't really see where their weaknesses are. They attack so well and now they have [Ibrahima] Konate competing with [Joel] Matip. The left-back and the right-back are like strikers basically.

"They have two players who fight for Ballon d'Or, [Mohamed] Salah and [Sadio] Mane. Now they've signed Luis Diaz and he settles in like he has been there five years. They're the best team in Europe but, as a footballer, what do you want? To play this sort of game, travel around Europe.

"We have a dream in the back of our heads to play a Champions League final. We know it's tough but the whole team, the whole town, is excited. It's difficult but we've got confidence: we knocked out Bayern Munich and Juventus and we're going there to compete. We're not going there just to look at Anfield."

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