Villarreal midfielder Étienne Capoue has described the atmosphere at Anfield as ‘hell’ prior to his side’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Liverpool in an interview with AFP.
Capoue spent seven and a half seasons in England with Tottenham and Watford and is very familiar with the exceptional atmosphere at Liverpool’s famous home ground.
“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.”
Elaborating further on the ferocity of Anfield’s atmosphere, Capoue said: “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 been a vital cog in the engine room of a Villarreal side that have been the giant-killers of this year’s Champions League. Having beaten Juventus and Bayern Munich already, The Yellow Submarine will need to overcome not only Jürgen Klopp’s men but also the hostile atmosphere.