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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wary of Roma in UCL semifinals

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned the club’s fans that they must not underestimate their UEFA Champions League semifinal opponents Roma.

16/04/2018 - 12:00 -

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned the club’s fans that they must not underestimate their UEFA Champions League semifinal opponents Roma.

The Reds avoided both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in last week’s draw for the final, but in Roma they have an opponent which sprung one of the great upsets of European football in recent years when they recovered from a 1-4 deficit to knock Barcelona out of the competition last week.

Klopp insists that he “cannot help” anybody who thinks Liverpool got an easy draw for the semis.

“Because I knew I’d have to say something after it, I tried to think about what I feel, but it was not that I thought ‘Thank God not Bayern, thank God not Real Madrid, yippee Roma’ or the other way around,” he told Liverpool’s official website.

“It is just the draw and I know it is very exciting, but it is good because the most important news is we are still in the competition. Whichever opponent we would have got, I would have said there is a chance because it is football – so there is a chance against Roma.

“But if anybody think this is the easiest draw then I cannot help this person; they obviously didn’t see both games against Barcelona. In the first result, the 4-1, it was not like the game was – it was Messi genius against a good side of Roma.

The second leg was outstanding, it was outstanding what they did. They should have probably won four or five-nil – I was really impressed. It is work and no problem with that and now we are looking forward of course to the first game.”

The two matches will also see Mohamed Salah return to the club he left in the summer.

“For sure it will be interesting for Mo, but that shows all the quality of Roma,” said Klopp.

“Everybody knows how big Mo’s impact on our season has been – and they’ve played a season without him. Where would they be if Mo was still there?

“It makes it a really interesting thing and for him, it will be 100 per cent special. He is already of interest wherever we go, but it might go crazy when we go to Rome! He can deal with that, I am sure.”

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