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Starting XI: Liverpool vs Roma

UEFA Champions League Semi-Final Starting XI: Liverpool vs AS Roma

By David Kappel - Apr 24, 2018 07:32 PM @kappilinho

Liverpool host AS Roma in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final at Anfield tonight, and all eyes will be on red-hot Mohamed Salah against his former club – here is how both teams will line up.

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UEFA Champions League semi-final

Teams: Liverpool vs AS Roma

Date: 24 April 2018

Venue: Anfield

Time: 8.45pm

The Reds enter the game as favourites, having eliminated newly-crowned Premier League champions Manchester City in the previous round, winning both of their quarter-final clashes against Pep Guardiola's team.

Roma, though, cannot be underestimated after they knocked out an FC Barcelona side that are still unbeaten in LaLiga this season.

These two teams have met five times in official matches so far, most notably in the 1984 European Cup final, when the English giants beat the Giallorossi 4-2 on penalties.

Liverpool were also victorious in the two sides' only previous two-legged knockout tie, beating Roma 2-1 on aggregate in the fourth round of the 2000/01 UEFA Cup (the predecessor of the Europa League), despite losing the second leg 1-0 at Anfield.

The home side also beat their Serie A visitors in their most recent meeting, in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League group stages, winning 2-0 at home after the first leg had ended in a 0-0 draw.

All eyes will be on Salah, who will be facing his former side. He has taken England by storm since joining the Reds from Roma for €42 million (R621 million) in June 2017.

The Egyptian has scored 41 goals across all competitions so far this season, with eight of those strikes coming in the Champions League, equalling the best-ever scoring campaign by an African.

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Here is how they line up:

Liverpool: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson; Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson; Salah, Mane, Firmino.

AS Roma: Alisson; Fazio, Manolas, Jesus; Florenzi, De Rossi, Strootman, Kolarov; Under, Nainggolan, Dzeko.

Who do you think will win this clash at Anfield? Have your say in the comments section below.


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baba ka Luvo Apr 24, 2018 09:32 PM
goaaall this guy is a world class another salah goal
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baba ka Luvo Apr 24, 2018 09:22 PM
liverpool should hav scored 3 by now
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salahh goal
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AS Roma
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Choly wa Kabotsho Apr 24, 2018 08:49 PM
Mo Salah!!!!
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Ivan Rakitic☺ Apr 24, 2018 08:25 PM
Liverpool will win but they must keep their eyes opened that raja nainggolan guy together with Edin Dzeko can harm them if they left unchecked
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downzzz Apr 24, 2018 08:06 PM
All the best to liverpool salah wil score as usual bt watch out Roma especial dzeko

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