Liverpool vs Roma 25-04-2018 live-streaming 1:45am
Champions League glory is only three games away for Liverpool as they kick off their semi-final tie against AS Roma at home on Tuesday night.
The semi-final draw was very kind to the Reds as they were paired with the team everyone wanted to face thus avoiding Real Madrid and Bayern Munich even though Roma turned around a 4-1 deficit against Barcelona by winning the return match 3-0 at home.
Playing the first leg at Anfield will probably suit Jurgen Klopp’s side as that is what they did against City, when they essentially won the tie in the first 31 minutes.
They can go out and play with their normal attacking freedom, trying to do what they do best score goals, and they will hope enough of them to put the tie beyond Roma for the second meeting at the Stadio Olimpico.
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after scoring.
Liverpool should be weary of allowing the Romans any chance to get that dangerous away goal, because that’s what’s provided them passage through both the round of 16 and quarter-finals.
Edin Džeko, with whom Salah will be very familiar, since seven out of Salah’s 15 assists last season were made to the big man, already scored a brace against Chelsea and grabbed a goal in both games against Barcelona.
Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren will need to be on a high alert for set pieces and crosses from the wing, which is how Eusebio Di Francesco’s men get their joy exploiting teams.
Liverpool will be without Adam Lallana, Joel Matip and Emre Can, although Dejan Lovren should return and Joe Gomez is a possibility for a place in the squad. Neither side has any suspensions to worry about heading into the sem-final stages.
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