Roma vs Liverpool Live: What TV channel is Roma v Liverpool on? Team news, kick-off time and odds for Champions League semi-final. Liverpool were outstanding at Anfield last week and despite a late fightback from Roma – they take a 5-2 lead into the return
Roma mounted a spirited fightback and managed to pull two goals back thanks to Edin Dzeko’s strike and a Diego Perotti penalty. But the third-place Serie A side will need three unanswered goals in order to book their place in the final in Ukraine next month. Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain is out for the rest of the season after injuring his knee ligaments in the 5-2 win over Roma last week.
AS Roma will have to pull off another grand UEFA Champions League comeback if they’re to beat Liverpool to a place in the final, with the Reds travelling to the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday enjoying a 5-2 cushion in their favour.
Liverpool ran riot at Anfield in the first leg of their European semi-final and will be hopeful of snatching a vital away goal at the Stadio Olimpico as they look to finish what they started on Merseyside.
Mohamed Salah will return to his former stomping ground as a bigger and better talent than the one that left Roma’s ranks last summer, but the Giallorossi will do their utmost to ensure he doesn’t score this time around.
The in-form midfielder will definitely miss the rest of the of his side’s Champions League campaign and his World Cup hopes with England have all but vanished. LIVERPOOL will go into their Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma three goals to the good after an incredible performance at Anfield last week.
It was only after 35 minutes of managing to keep the Merseysiders at bay that Roma relented at Anfield on Tuesday, leaving the gap for Salah to make Liverpool’s initial incision before the floodgates opened.
What followed was five goals that, despite Liverpool’s reputation for mighty attacking displays, few might have predicted, although The Sunday Times’ Jonathan Northcroft noted we perhaps should have:
Premier League champions Manchester City have already fallen by Liverpool’s hand, beaten 5-1 over two quarter-final legs after the Reds had surpassed Porto 5-0 on aggregate in the round of 16. Roma need an overhaul if they’re to avoid being ousted from this season’s Champions League on Wednesday, and former Stadio Olimpico hero Salah could be the man to hammer the nail in their European coffin.
The Reds blew their Roman counterparts out of the water and at one stage were 5-0 up after two goals apiece from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, with Sadio Mané also on target.
Roma are slight favourite for this one with a 7/5 pricetag. Liverpool are 6/4, while a stalemate is 11/4. Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp’s assistant Zeljko Buvac has quit the club today. The pair have worked together for 17 years but Buvac has left the club two days before their semi-final clash after rumblings of a falling out between the pair.
Buvac, described as “the brains” behind Klopp’s ‘Gegenpressing’ tactics, has been his right-hand man since being appointed manager of Mainz and Borussia Dortmund.
The Times claim that the 56-year-old became increasingly distant and withdrawn around the club. Buvac reportedly had a furious row with goalkeeping coach John Achterberg in a game against Chelsea – when the Blues bagged an equaliser while Liverpool were trying to send on a sub.
During an interview in 2016, Buvac described the close relationship the pair shared. He said: “As players there was a direct connection straight away. “Both of us were looking to become managers and we promised each other. “If I am the first manager, I will take you and if you are the first manager you will take me. He came first. It is a friendship.”
The fixture isn’t out of Roma’s hands yet, though. Eusebio Di Francesco’s men beat Barcelona 3-0 in the second leg of their quarter-final collision to progress, and an identical victory on Wednesday would be enough to advance again. Just one goal for Liverpool in Rome will mean the Giallorossi would need to net at least four times.
But Roma have at least responded to the first-leg disappointment with some promise, beating Chievo 4-1 on Saturday despite a red card for centre-back Juan Jesus, who at times looked lost in the Anfield outing.
Di Francesco’s three-man defence was ravaged on their trip to England, but the good form of Edin Dzeko could yet see Wednesday’s hosts overcome in an attacking battle, per the Champions League: