Liverpool 5-2 up after Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma
Jurgen Klopp claims that the tie is still in the balance after Tuesday’s clash at Anfield, although the bookmakers are fairly sure that Liverpool will be lining up in the 2018 Champions League final.
Indeed, bet365 make the Reds the 6/4 favourites to win the 2018 Champions League final after smashing Roma 5-2 which means the Italian side need to win by three clear goals at the Stadio Olimpico.
Liverpool are 1/12 with the same bookie to go through to the final in Kiev although Klopp is taking nothing for granted ahead of Wednesday’s clash.
“Since I arrived Liverpool has always had to take the more difficult way but in the end Liverpool always succeeded and that’s what we have to do again,” Klopp said. “If one of my players doesn’t think Roma will try to come back, then he will not play.
“The boys played a brilliant game over a very long period. Even the last minutes, when we conceded, Dejan Lovren was outstandingly good and this ball he misjudged – that is no problem if the full-back is in the right position. We made one mistake and the ref made one mistake and that was two goals for them. We take the penalty.
“We have to work again in Rome, that is no problem. There would have been work to do if we won 5-0 because Roma would do everything to strike back. What I learned tonight is that we can win the second leg too. Roma need to score against us and we are not Barcelona. Barcelona is one of the two or three best teams in the world and won so many things in the last few years. We didn’t so we will fight with all we have for the result.”
All odds were correct at time of posting.