Kick Off: 1945, 24/04/2018
TV: BT Sport
Liverpool are dreaming of a sixth European Cup after overcoming Manchester City and then being drawn against Roma in the semi-finals.
Another famous European night at Anfield is in store as the Reds face the Italians in a repeat of the 1984 final, which Liverpool won on penalties in a shootout remembered for Bruce Grobbelaar’s wobbly knees!
Liverpool blew City away in the first leg of their quarter-final and will hope for a similar result here, while Roma are the surprise semi-finalists after overcoming a three-goal deficit to stun Barcelona.
A Look At Liverpool’s Betting Odds
Liverpool will be full of confidence that they can now beat anyone after easing past City to reach the last four despite being the underdogs in the Champions League betting.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is certainly not complacent though and warned: “If anybody thinks this is the easiest draw then I cannot help this person; they obviously didn’t see both games against Barcelona.”
Klopp’s line-up is packed with attacking talent and Mohamed Salah will relish facing his former club, having made the switch from Rome to Merseyside last summer.
Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have scored 23 goals between them in this season’s competition and Liverpool have scored at least three goals in six of their 10 games.
Their early energy takes some matching and all the first-leg goals against City came inside the opening 31 minutes.
A Look At Roma’s Betting Odds
Roma are the underdogs to advance to the final but that will not faze them after their stunning fightback against Barcelona.
They looked dead and buried after a 4-1 defeat at the Nou Camp but a 3-0 win back in Italy was enough to go through on away goals.
Revenge for the 1984 defeat is now clearly on Roma’s minds, with sporting director Monchi saying: “It seems like a perfect opportunity to find the joy we couldn’t have many years ago.
“But it will be difficult because Liverpool are a very strong squad. We have to think about ourselves and do what we showed against Barcelona.”
Getting on the scoresheet at Anfield could be the key to their hopes but Liverpool’s defence has been in fine form recently and the aerial power of Virgil van Dijk should allow them to cope with the threat posed by Edin Dzeko.
Liverpool to win to nil at 2/1 looks good value given the number of clean sheets the Reds have managed since Van Dijk settled into the team.
For the last of our Liverpool vs Roma betting tips, we’re also taking 11/5 for more goals in the first half.
If the Reds can take control in the first half, they may again settle for preventing an away goal later on, just as they did so well against City.
Last Champions League result
Man City 1-2 LIVERPOOL – Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino
ROMA 3-0 Barcelona – Edin Dzeko, Daniele de Rossi, Kostas Manolas
Previous head-to-head: Liverpool 2-0 Roma, Roma 0-0 Liverpool, Liverpool 0-1 Roma, Roma 0-2 Liverpool, Liverpool 1-1 Roma
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