Liverpool Match Preview

Tomorrow, Roma embarck on their first semifinal match in the Champions League since 1984. Everyone has been thinking about this match since the draw was first revealed. All the team’s preperation and hardwork come down to these next 180 minutes. For the fans, it still feels like a dream that will never end. The whole world will be watching this match in eager anticipation to see which underdog will make it to the Champions League final in Kiev.

Liverpool will be with all of their players bar Emre Can, Adam Lallana, and Joel Matip who are all injured. Klopp will most likely roll out his usual 4-3-3 formation that has been very effective this season with an attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah followed by a midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and James Milner. The defence will most likely be anchored by Andrew Roberton, Virgil Van Dijk, Dejan Lovren and the impressive youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold with Loris Karius in goal.

Roma on the other hand have all of their players available bar Jonathan Silva, Gregoire Defrel, Bogdan Lobont and Rick Kardsdorp. In his press conference, Eusebio DI Francesco confirmed that both Patrik Schick and Cengiz Under each have a chance of starting against Liverpool. Di Francesco did not reveal much about the formation he wished to use in his press conference today; however, it is likely that he will continue with his prefered 4-3-3 though the Italian did surprise many with his decision to use a three man defence for the first time all season in the home leg against Barcelona. If Di Francesco does opt for his tried and trusted 4-3-3, expect a defence of Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov and Florenzi and Alisson in goal while Strootman, Nainggolan and De Rossi start in midfield. As for the attack, Perotti, Dzeko and either Under or Schick will start.

No matter what happens throughout this semifinal, it has been an amazing journey. As long as the players play for the shirt and show grinta, the result will arive. This semifinal is for former Roma captain Agostino Di Bartolomei who played against Liverpool in his final match for Roma in the European Final of 1984. The Giallorossi will need all the luck they can get in this match. As always, in bocca al luppi, you’ll definitely need it Roma!