Liverpool vs Roma: A battle of attack against defence

Free from domestic distractions, Liverpool and Roma can go all out in their pursuit of ending the long wait for a continental title.

Jurgen Klopp and Eusebio Di Francesco are looking to win their first silverware as managers of Liverpool and Roma.   -  Getty Images

When Liverpool and Roma were drawn against Man City and Barcelona, respectively, in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, few will have expected a meeting of the former two sides in the semifinals.

But here they are, facing off in Tuesday's first leg, which will be the first match-up since 1983-84, when Roma made its only other semifinal appearance of the competition that was known as the European Cup back then.

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The manner of their victories over Man City and Barcelona bodes well for this two-legged tie, which is a match-up of one of the better attacking sides (Liverpool) against a team that will lay emphasis on stifling its opposition's attacking threat.

Team news 

Liverpool - Adam Lallana (hamstring injury), Joel Matip (thigh injury) and Emre Can (back injury) are out of the first leg, while defender Nathaniel Clyne's involvement is in doubt. Jordan Henderson, who was suspended for the second leg of the quarterfinal against Man City, is available again.

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Roma - Defender Rick Karsdorp (cruciate ligament injury) and striker Gregoire Defrel (knee injury) are the absentees for the Italian club.

Possible starting line-ups

Liverpool (4-3-3): Loris Karius (GK); Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane

 

Roma (3-5-2): Allison Becker (GK); Kostas Manolas, Federico Fazio, Juan Jesus; Alessandro Florenzi, Radja Nainggolan, Daniele De Rossi, Kevin Strootman, Aleksandar Kolarov; Patrick Schick, Edin Dzeko

Stats

  • This will be the sixth meeting between Roma and Liverpool
  • Of the teams remaining in the competition, Liverpool is the only club that has not tasted defeat
  • Roma has lost three of its five Champions League away fixtures this season

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