Preview: Liverpool are on the point of a return to the Champions League closing as they lead Roma going into Wednesday’s semi-final second leg amid tight safety with 1000’s of Reds followers flooding into the Italian capital.
The five-time winners have a 5-2 benefit in a conflict overshadowed by safety considerations which marred final week’s first leg sport in Anfield and are favourites to succeed in their eighth closing and first since 2007.
Liverpool supporters have been pouring into town with an anticipated 5,000 for the 1845GMT kick-off within the Stadio Olimpico with supervisor Jurgen Klopp promising a show of attacking soccer.
“You wish to play when it’s massive stakes for the large issues, and that’s the reason we’re right here. It’s a nice alternative,” stated German coach Klopp.
“For those who actually wish to win, it’s important to settle for that you possibly can lose and be courageous, not wait for one thing to occur.
“We should be lively and use their scenario way more than they’ll use it, as a result of they must win in opposition to us and take a danger.
“We’re right here to combat for our desires, and we wish to go to the ultimate,” the Liverpool boss continued.
The winner will face two-time holders Actual Madrid within the 26 Might closing in Kiev.
UEFA Champions League semi-final 2nd leg
Liverpool have been coaching earlier than the sport on the floor of Roma’s bitter metropolis rivals Lazio with Reds followers gathered within the metropolis centre chanting “we love you Lazio” forward of the sport, however there have been no early indicators of hassle.
Fan security within the Italian capital has overshadowed the build-up, with three,000 cops deployed after a Liverpool supporter was attacked by hard-core Roma ultras outdoors the membership’s Anfield stadium final week and left in a coma.
Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum stated that the Liverpool squad had been “devastated” to listen to concerning the situation of the fan, Sean Cox. “It is a sport and everyone must be secure and get pleasure from it,” he stated.
Roma’s gamers confirmed their help for Cox by sporting shirts bearing the phrases “Forza Sean” (Come on Sean) throughout a coaching session on Tuesday.
Liverpool issued strict directions for followers to limit their socialising to the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna earlier than making their solution to shuttle buses which might be given a full police escort after the sport.
“Certainly not ought to supporters try and stroll to the Stadio Olimpico,”
The membership warned, advising the followers to reach early within the stadium with gates opening at 1500GMT almost 4 hours earlier than kick-off.
Klopp had stated he “actually hoped everybody can stroll to the stadium and stay up for an intense, unbelievable and essential soccer sport”.
The membership have additionally advised followers to respect public monuments within the capital, to keep away from road ingesting which is prohibited, and keep away from the Ponte Milvio and Ponte Duca d’Aosta, two bridges close to the stadium.
On the pitch, Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roman facet are hoping for one other magical comeback after overturning a Four-1 first-leg deficit in opposition to Barcelona to place them by means of to the ultimate 4.
Roma — who final reached the ultimate in 1984 after they misplaced on penalties to Liverpool —
haven’t conceded a objective at residence within the Champions League this season.
They are going to be relying on star ahead Edin Dzeko to counter Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah.
Bosnian Dzeko has scored in every of his final 4 Champions League matches — a document for a Roma participant — to carry his tally to seven in Europe this marketing campaign.
Liverpool — impressed by former Roma participant Salah — have scored 20 targets in six European away video games.
“The will to make one other miracle occur should push us all to provide that additional one thing,” stated Di Francesco, including his facet “wish to attempt and do one thing massive in a stadium with 70,000 folks”.
With inputs from AFP