Liverpool v Villarreal live stream: How to watch the Champions League from anywhere in the world
Watch a Liverpool v Villarreal live stream as Anfield hosts the second Champions League semi-final
Liverpool v Villarreal live stream, Wednesday 27 April, 8pm BST, BT Sport
Looking for a Liverpool v Villarreal live stream? We’ve got you covered with our handy guide.
Liverpool (opens in new tab)head into the Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield on Wednesday as big favourites, but they'll need to be on their toes against a Villarreal side that has made a habit of taking down big teams.
The Reds have already gone one step further than their quarter-final exit to Real Madrid last year, and now their sights are set on a third final appearance in five years.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are aiming for the quadruple this season having already won the League Cup, set up an FA Cup final clash with Chelsea (opens in new tab), and narrowed the gap to Premier League leaders Manchester City (opens in new tab) to one point.
Liverpool took down Benfica in the last round after a 3-1 away win in the first leg set them on course before they finished the job in unorthodox style with a 3-3 home draw at Anfield.
That came after a hard-fought 2-1 aggregate win over Inter Milan in the last 16, and the Italians remain the only side to have beaten Klopp’s side at Anfield in all competitions this season after recording a 1-0 second leg victory with 10 men.
Liverpool head into the tie on a high after three big wins in a row: 3-2 against Man City in the FA Cup semi-finals, 4-0 against Manchester United (opens in new tab) in the Premier League and a 2-0 Merseyside Derby victory against Everton (opens in new tab)on Sunday.
Villarreal face a momentous task to get past a Reds side on a roll, but they're used to upsetting the odds after taking down European giants Juventus and Bayern Munich already this season.
It has been a remarkable campaign for Unai Emery’s side, who are competing in the Champions League proper for the first time in 10 years.
They finished second in their group, behind Man United but above Atalanta and Young Boys, before stunning Juve in the last 16.
A 1-1 first leg draw in Spain gave the Italians the advantage for the second leg in Turin, but Villarreal scored three goals in the final 12 minutes to record a stunning 4-1 aggregate victory.
Things got even better when they defeated Bayern Munich 1-0 at home in the quarter-finals, and an 88th-minute equaliser from Samuel Chukwueze sealed a 1-1 draw in Germany to send them into the final four for the first time since 2006.
Kick-off is at 8pm BST and UK viewers can watch live on BT Sport 2 (opens in new tab)
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Use a VPN to watch Champions League football from outside your country
If you’re out of the country for a round of Premier League fixtures, then annoyingly your domestic on-demand services won’t work – the broadcaster knows where you are because of your IP address (boo!). You'll be blocked from watching it, which is not ideal if you’ve paid up for a subscription and still want to catch the action without resorting to illegal feeds you’ve found on Reddit.
But assistance is on hand. To get around that, all you have to do is get a Virtual Private Network (VPN), assuming it complies with your broadcaster’s T&Cs. A VPN creates a private connection between your device and t'internet, meaning the service can’t work out where you are and won't automatically block the service you've paid for. All the info going between is entirely encrypted – and that's a result.
There are plenty of good-value options out there, including:
ExpressVPN including a 30-day, money-back guarantee
FourFourTwo’s brainy office mates TechRadar (opens in new tab) love its super speedy connections, trustworthy security and the fact it works with Android, Apple, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, PS4 and loads more. You also get a money-back guarantee, 24/7 support and it's currently available for a knockdown price. Go get it!
NordVPN with quality mobile and desktop apps
A cheaper option and almost ExpressVPN's equal when it comes to quality, too. A single subscription covers six connections, so you can use it on mobile, laptop, streaming devices and more, all at the same time.
Surfshark offers a great VPN at a fraction of the price
It's clear to see why Surfshark is top of TechRadar's best cheap VPN table – it combines an excellent product with bargain pricing, starting at £2/$2.50 a month!
UK TV rights
How to watch Premier League live streams for UK subscribers
Sky Sports (opens in new tab) and BT Sport (opens in new tab) are the two main players once again, but Amazon (opens in new tab) also have a slice of the pie in 2021/22.
US TV rights
How to watch Premier League live streams for US subscribers
NBC Sports Group are the Premier League rights holders, with the Peacock Premium (opens in new tab) streaming platform showing even more than the 175 games it aired last season, with other matches split between NBCSN channel, CNBC and the over-the-air NBC broadcast channel. If you pick up a fuboTV subscription (opens in new tab) for the games not on Peacock Premium, you'll be able to watch every game.
Head back to our VPN advice so you can take advantage when you're out of the country.
Canada TV rights
How to watch Premier League live streams for Canadian subscribers
DAZN (opens in new tab) subscribers can watch every single Premier League game in 2021/22 – and it gets better. After a one-month free trial, you'll only have to pay a rolling $20-a-month fee, or make it an annual subscription of $150.
The broadcaster also has all the rights to Champions League and Europa League games in Canada, too.
Want in while you're out of Canada? Scroll back up and check out the VPN offers above.
Australia TV rights
How to watch Premier League live streams for Australian subscribers
Optus Sport (opens in new tab) are offering every game of the Premier League season for just $14.99/month for non-subscribers, which you can get via a Fetch TV box (opens in new tab) and other friendly streaming devices.
To take advantage while you're not Down Under, follow the VPN advice towards the top of this page.
New Zealand TV rights
How to watch a Premier League live stream for New Zealand subscribers
Spark Sport (opens in new tab) are serving up all 380 games – plus various highlights and magazine shows throughout the week, as well as the Champions League – for $24.99 a month, after a seven-day free trial.
It's also available via web browsers, Apple/Android devices, Google Chromecast and some Samsung TVs, and Apple TV and Smart TV compatibility new for this season.
Check out our VPN deals to watch when you’re not in New Zealand.
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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.