Liverpool News: Klopp wary of Roma heroics repeat

1 year ago

In the latest Liverpool news, boss Jurgen Klopp says Roma’s stunning comeback in the last round of the Champions League has put his team on notice ahead of the second-leg of their semi-final encounter.

The Reds travel to Italy with a 5-2 lead from the first leg, Klopp’s men running riot for 67 minutes before the Giallorossi struck twice late on to keep themselves in the tie.

The Italians now need to win the reverse fixture 3-0 to progress to the final in Kiev in a repeat of the situation they found themselves in the quarter-finals.

On that occasion, Roma were trailing 4-1 from the first-leg against Barcelona but were able to overcome Lionel Messi and Co 3-0 at the Stadio Olimpico to reach the semi-finals.

Klopp says his team are well aware of the threat Roma can pose at home, claiming the victory over Barcelona only served as a reminder.

“I’m not here to say anything about Barcelona. In that game, Rome were more than ready,” he said.

“Everybody’s telling us that it’s quite difficult and it’s possible but nobody told Barcelona, because nobody imagined it could happen.

“I didn’t need a warning but if I did, there it was. We’re in a much better situation than I would have thought before the game, that’s the truth. It’s not perfect.”

Liverpool head into the semi-final second leg boosted by the return to fitness of Sadio Mane after he sat out the goalless draw with Stoke at the weekend.

The Senegal international forms an integral part of an awesome attacking trio the Reds boast, alongside Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Klopp’s men are the highest scorers in this year’s Champions League with 38 goals and are 5/2 with bet365 to score over 2.5 goals on Wednesday night.