ETIENNE CAPOUE has revealed that he had no idea where Villarreal was when he came to La Liga clothes.
But the 33-year-old admitted he was sold when he heard about the hot weather in the Spanish region near Valencia.
The defensive midfielder joined the Yellow Submariners in 2020 on a two-and-a-half year contract from Watford.
Speaking about his transfer to Unai Emery’s side, the French native explained to AFP via Yahoo Sports: “I said ‘Where is Villarreal?
“I was told it was in the sun, just there, next to Valencia. So I said ‘okay, let’s go’.”
Capoue returns to England with Villarreal to face Liverpool in the first match of the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday night.
But he admitted he is not looking forward to playing at Anfield, which he describes as “LIVING HELL.”
The midfielder has played for the Reds’ fortress many times during his stays at Tottenham and Watford.
And he insists the Merseyside pot is the worst soil to play on in the country.
He added: “Anfield is a hell, you have to say it the way it is. It’s a hell.
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“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, not to cause you anything but trouble, all the time, in any part of the field.
“They never stop, they rush you all the time, they only want to score goals, and even when they score, they keep going. They want to knock you out.
“They don’t care what or who’s in front of them. They just want to kill everyone, and that’s it.”
Capoue and Co have been on an emphatic run in the European elite competition this season – and sensationally knocked out German giants Bayern Munich in the final round.
But Capoue is aware that his team are underdogs who no one expects to beat Jurgen Klopp’s team – or win the Champions League.
He continued: “We do not care, we know we are underdogs.
“Nobody wants to say we’re favorites because we are not. Who are the other teams? What else can we say about them?
“It’s not offensive to say that there are 50,000 people here, and in their stadiums alone they have 70,000 seats. We do not mind, that is the truth.
And when he won the prestigious award, Capoue mocked: “Are you winning the Champions League?
We never had the audacity to say we could win the Champions League.
“We’re the smallest club in the semi-finals, we were the smallest club in the quarter-finals. We’re just going happy. And we have nothing to lose.”