Liverpool will take on Roma in their first UEFA Champions League semifinal appearance in over a decade. Liverpool will welcome Italian side AS Roma for the napoli vs liverpool leg of the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League, at the Anfield on Tuesday night. The Reds made it through to the last four of the competition for the first time in over ten years, courtesy of an impressive victory over fellow Premier League outfit Manchester City in the quarterfinals. Liverpool come into the game on the back of a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion but Jurgen Klopp’s men will be high on confidence given their exploits in the previous round.
Roma, on the other hand, caused the upset of the season when they beat competition favourites Barcelona in the quarterfinals, pulling off a comeback to turn around a three-goal deficit from the first leg. Eusebio Di Francesco’s men have won two out of their three subsequent fixtures and will be hoping to pull off another major shock result against the Reds on Tuesday. Team News and Tactics Liverpool Midfielders Emre Can and Adam Lallana remain sidelined for Klopp’s side along with defender Joel Matip, who has been ruled out for the season. Nathaniel Clyne is also likely to miss out again with an injury. The Reds will have captain Jordan Henderson back for selection, after he missed the second leg against Manchester City due to suspension.
Having rested a number of key players for the weekend’s encounter against West Brom, Klopp will be recalling them into the starting XI when Roma come to town. Loris Karius has been a mostly reliable presence between the sticks of late and should once again be backed to do the job on Tuesday night. He will be shielded by a back four comprising of young Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back and Andrew Robertson at left-back, both of whom did not feature this weekend, while Dejan Lovren will partner up with Virgil van Dijk in the centre. How the two centre-halves will cope with the physicality of Edin Dzeko could be key on Tuesday, especially given how the Reds struggled from set-pieces in their draw against West Brom this past Saturday. At the base of the midfield Jordan Henderson will take his spot and look to control the tempo of the game with his distribution, while also thwart any threat the visitors pose. Supporting him in the middle of the park will be summer signing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and veteran James Milner, both of who have been in good nick recently.
It will be a big night for Liverpool’s top scorer Mohamed Salah, going up against his former club. He will not want to go easy on them starting on the right-flank. On the left, it will be Senegalese attacker Sadio Mane who will look to cause problems with his pace and guile. Through the middle, Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino will return after not starting on Saturday. AS Roma Defender Rick Karsdorp and forward Gregoire Defrel are the only notable absentees for the Giallorossi who have been handed a boost by the return of Diego Perotti, after a three-week layoff due to injury.
Despite having used a three-man backline against Barcelona, Di Francesco is likely to stick with the 4-3-3 setup that has worked for his side over the course of the season. Former Liverpool transfer target Alisson Becker will line up between the sticks on Tuesday night in hope of extending his good run of form. Alessandro Florenzi and Aleksandar Kolarov will take up the full-back slots on the right and left sides respectively, in the hope of keeping Mane and Salah under the wraps. Kostas Manolas and Federico Fazio will line up in the heart of the defence. Daniele De Rossi will occupy the holding midfield role for Roma. He will be tasked with breaking any rhythm and momentum Liverpool are able to generate in the middle. Playing slightly ahead of him will be Belgian powerhouse Radja Nainggolan who will be given the freedom to make an impact in the final third, alongside Kevin Strootman who will be the more conservative of the duo.