Liverpool gets access to the Champions League final in Kiev after a thrilling match at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
Roma failed to condense an epic result that would have brought Di Francesco‘s men into the history of world football. Klopp’s crew demonstrated their ability to counterattack and manage the pace of the game throughout the 90 minutes.
The first half ended 1-2 for the British side and albeit their second goal seemed irregular due to Virgil van Dijk’s push on Dzeko within the box, the Reds played with tactical acumen and exploiting Roma’s weaknesses. El Shaarawy hit the post right before the end of the first 45 minutes, a goal that could have reopened the match triggering the passion of the fans at the Stadio Olimpico.
Jurgen Klopp played his usual 4-3-3 and Di Francesco mirrored his German counterpart playing Schick on the right offensive flank. The Czech talent didn’t impress in the first half but the Giallorossi were more dangerous on the left side with a good performance from the Italian Egyptian winger and Kolarov that overlapped repeatedly.
Roma managed to put pressure on Liverpool in the second half scoring a goal with Dzeko but the two penalties denied by the referee left the match comfortably in the hands of Liverpool. A clear hand touch of Alexander-Arnold after a shot on target from El Shaarawy kept the result stable, 2-2.
Could that goal have changed the destiny of this UCL clash? I don’t know, but Nainggolan’s brace right before the end of the match thickens the suspicion that the evening could have been different.
Liverpool’s confidence made the difference in the Champions League second leg. Klopp’s men are ready to impress on the big stage of the most important international competition for clubs.
Real Madrid is waiting for the British side in Kiev. The Spaniards are the favorite to lift the trophy but the Reds have the necessary qualities to stub the Blancos bringing the cup to England.