Liverpool produced an impressive performance to beat Villarreal 2-0 in its Champions League semifinal first leg on Wednesday.

Jurgen Klopp's side was at its devastating best to take full control of the tie,

striking twice in the second half to take a healthy advantage into the second leg in Spain next week.

Despite all its possession and chances, Liverpool needed a fortuitous goal to break the deadlock

Jordan Henderson's cross was deflected over goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli in the 53rd minute.

But once ahead, Liverpool started purring and had doubled its lead 133 seconds later and this time there was no luck involved.

Sadio Mane timed his run to perfection and poked his effort under the goalkeeper after latching onto a pass from his partner in crime Mohamed Salah.

The pair were in brilliant form against a Villarreal side that looked exhausted at full-time after a brutal evening in a boisterous Anfield Stadium.

Despite his team's impressive showing, manager Jurgen Klopp was keen to play down the importance of the first-leg result with another 90 minutes left to play in the tie.

"We know we go there and it will be a tricky atmosphere for us and different from tonight," he said.

Liverpool takes control