Liverpool and Roma Prepare For Champions League semi-final

Whilst Liverpool players arrived at Melwood for their final training session ahead of Tuesday night’s Champions League semi-final, their opponents Roma prepared for the match at Walton Hall Park.

Ahead of their game at Anfield in front of 54,000 fans, the Italians opted to train at a small leisure centre 1.5 miles away from Anfield and home of the Liverpool County FA, which costs £75 for an hour on the main 11-a-side pitch.

Roma’s players arrived in the city on Monday, taking time out of their schedule and to lay a wreath at Liverpool’s Hillsborough memorial outside Anfield.

Meanwhile Jurgen Klopp put his players squad through light training, with the hope it would be an incident free session.

The Reds are favourites to progress after beating Manchester City in their quarter-final clash, and will be seeking to add a a sixth European title to their illustrious list of honours.

Favourites or not, the Liverpool manager is under no illusion that this will be a huge test against a fantastic team.

“Most people in the football world thought the last four would be Bayern, Barcelona, Real Madrid and City. Barcelona are not here because of Rome and City are not here because of us. We both deserve to be here. Maybe a lot of people think the real final should be Real Madrid v Bayern Munich but that will not happen because they are in the other semi, so one of us will go through.

“That is a big chance for both of us but a big job to do. We are both in a good moment. Anyone who watched Roma in the last few weeks can see they are flying with different lineups. They made seven or eight changes in the last game and still won comfortably.

“We really feel the opportunity. It is a big thing. We came here with not a lot of expectation. We only came here expecting to win the games. People ask me if I feel pressure. No. I only feel opportunity. I am really happy to be here and to have another big night at Anfield.”