Liverpool have been drawn against Roma in the Champions League semi-finals
Liverpool have been drawn against Roma in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
The only remaining English side in the competition beat Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals, and will now face the side that came back from 4-1 to beat Barcelona 3-0 last Tuesday night in one of the most famous fightbacks in the history of the competition.
The first leg of the semi-final will be played at Anfield on 24 and 25 April, with the second leg following one week later in the Italian capital on 1 and 2 May.
In the other semi-final, Real Madrid will take on Bayern Munich.
“Because I knew I’d have to say something after it, I tried to think about what I feel, but it was not that I thought ‘Thank God not Bayern, thank God not Real Madrid, yippee Roma’ or the other way around,” Jürgen Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com after the draw.
“It is just the draw and I know it is very exciting, but it is good because the most important news is we are still in the competition. Whichever opponent we would have got, I would have said there is a chance because it is football – so there is a chance against Roma.
“But if anybody think this is the easiest draw then I cannot help this person; they obviously didn’t see both games against Barcelona. In the first result, the 4-1, it was not like the game was – it was Messi genius against a good side of Roma. The second leg was outstanding, it was outstanding what they did. They should have probably won four or five-nil – I was really impressed.
“It is work and no problem with that and now we are looking forward of course to the first game.”