Liverpool reaches CL final despite 4-2 loss at Roma

Friday, 04 May, 2018

The final hands Liverpool an opportunity to end their six-year trophy drought and lift their first piece of silverware under Klopp's management, having lost the finals of the League Cup and Europa League in 2016.

Mane's ninth minute strike against AS Roma in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals, helped the Liverpool front men achieve the feat as they overtook the trio of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.

That moment, more than any other, summed up a semifinal that veered between mesmerizing and madcap, that even Jürgen Klopp, Liverpool's manager, called "crazy". "We will be ready", said the German. Keane was asked if he expected a free-scoring game in the final, "I think that's exactly what's going to happen".

Jurgen Klopp celebrates after Sadio Mane scores Liverpool's first goal.

But it was too little, too late and it was Liverpool's 5,000 traveling fans who joyously celebrated as their team set up a meeting with defending champions Real in a repeat of the 1981 final.

Ditched by Chelsea after struggling in his first spell in English football, Salah has been reborn under Klopp since joining from Roma for 34 million pounds ($46 million) a year ago.

Injuries to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Emre Can are a huge blow for Klopp, and Adam Lallana's struggle for fitness has denied the Liverpool manager another option, although the England player could be available in Kiev.

El Shaarawy, by far Roma's most risky player, had a shot which deflected off Milner and hit the post, before having an appeal for a penalty turned down. If you want to win the Champions League you have to beat any team.

'For the Real Madrid players, it will be a case of "there we go again"'.

"I knew before that Seville is one of the most hard places to go".

"We have another important game on the weekend against Chelsea and then we have Real Madrid in the final".

'They keep finding a way to get the job done and have beaten some really good teams along the way.

"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".

Pallotta did not hide his feelings afterwards, telling reporters: "It's absolutely clear that VAR is needed in the Champions League, because you can't let stuff like this go".

None of these sides are ones with great European pedigree, but minnows they are not either, and Liverpool blew each away in a manner that has left anyone watching breathless.

Chief superintendent Dave Charnock said: "I would like to commend the Liverpool fans for their exceptional behaviour during last night's match in Rome".