Liverpool have zoomed into another Champions League final after coming from behind to beat Villarreal 3-2 second-leg win and progress 5-2 on aggregate.
While the three-goal cushion may look comfortable this was a test of their nerve and powers of recovery as an awful first half by their standards saw their first-leg advantage wiped out by debut goals in the competition from Boulaye Dia and Francis Coquelin.
But second half pep talk from German tactician Jurgen Klopp sawFabinho put them back in front on aggregate with a shot that went through the legs of Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli in the 62nd minute.
Diaz whose introduction at half time changed the game after he replaced Diogo Jota, restored Liverpool’s two-goal aggregate advantage with a header at the back post.
Sadio Mane secured Liverpool’s place in their third Champions League final in five seasons with a third goal after taking the ball around Rulli.
Villarreal ended the game with 10 men with Capoue sent off late on for two bookable offences.
The Reds will play either Manchester City or Real Madrid at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday, 28 May.