Liverpool fans celebrating victory in good-natured atmosphere

The Reds lost 4-2 to AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico yesterday morning (Singapore time) but booked their final date with holders Real Madrid after prevailing 7-6 on aggregate in the highest scoring semi-final in Champions League history.

Leading 5-2 after the first leg of the semifinal, goals from Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum should have put the tie to bed but the Italians hit back on both occasions, through Edin Dzeko and a James Milner own goal.

"Madrid are better than what they have been in the semi-finals, but you look over recent matches in the league and they have been very fortunate in a lot of games".

"In the first moments after the game last week, it was like Roma felt better than we did and that's insane", Klopp remarks. They took all the risks and we punished it with the counter-attack but then we gave away a goal.

Roma threatened an almighty comeback, as they did in the quarter-final against Barcelona, as two late strikes from Radja Nainggolan brought the deficit back to just one goal, however it proved to be too little too late for the hosts.

"I know it is hard to ref but it is really embarrassing that we lose on aggregate like that", said billionaire Pallotta, who runs the Raptor private investment group in the United States.

"It was the first time that we were not really as good as we can be, so we needed luck. If they don't get VAR in the Champions League, it is an absolute joke". Gerrard, who captained Liverpool to that 2005 victory, said Klopp has made the difference, "This manager has got them flying, if they go one step further this could be the start of something special".

Make no mistake, Liverpool did enough to deserve the win (even if Jurgen Klopp even admitted the Reds were lucky).

I Lupi manager Eusebio Di Francesco said protesting the uncalled penalties distracted from the comeback effort, and Roma legend Daniele De Rossi said the missed call was understandable, as he didn't see it either.

"We are Liverpool, we are strong and we can beat any team in the world".

"I think pretty much 80 percent of their team played in all these finals - four times in the past five years and they are still together".

"It is not going to be a final between Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo", the Egyptian said after Wednesday's second leg against Roma.

"That's not possible and you have to suffer from time to time". It was just reward for the coaching masterclass Klopp has delivered in this season's Champions League.

  • Stacy Allen