Liverpool v AS Roma – Anfield at 19:45
The first of two semi-final matches sees a repeat of the 1983-84 European Cup final as Liverpool and Roma meet looking to book a place in Kiev.
Ignoring Saturday’s draw to West Brom – a game that saw a much weakened Liverpool side fielded – Liverpool has been on top form recently. The Reds are undefeated in their last seven, which includes two wins against arguably the best side in European football, Manchester City.
While Roma comes into the match in good form, having won two of their last four games, they did lose two games in their last six matches. That included a 2-0 loss to Fiorentina and a 4-1 loss to Barcelona, showing that the Romans can be undone.
The return of Mo Salah
The big storyline at Anfield is that Egyptian superstar Mo Salah will be facing his former club for the first time since leaving them. While there is unlikely to be any animosity shown to Salah by the Romans, they’ll be keen to ensure their old player doesn’t come back to haunt them.
The Egyptian, though, has found unprecedented form this year and hit 40 goals for the season on the weekend. He’ll be determined to add to that against his old side, with a place in the Final up for grabs.
Could Alisson be the hero and force Jurgen Klopp’s hand?
Much has been made of Jurgen Klopp’s desire to bring in a new goalkeeper over the past year, although the form of new number one Loris Karius may have just convinced the German to avoid a buy in the summer.
The performance of Roma number one Alisson may just be key to not only these two ties but the future of the Liverpool number one shirt.
The Brazilian goalkeeper has long been touted as Klopp’s primary target for the summer, and a top draw performance against the Reds may not only be key to determining who progresses to the Finals but whether Klopp’s invested in a new pair of gloves this summer.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Liverpool -1.50 at 2.450