Klopp urges Liverpool fans to 'show respect' to Roma

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Jurgen Klopp: "If anybody thinks this is the easiest draw then I can not help this person; they obviously didn't see both games against Barcelona".

"Obviously, it's a big thing for Roma to be in a semi-final - as it is for us". I played there for five years, I scored a lot of goals and won a lot of titles. So which team will keep the momentum going when the teams meet on Merseyside on Tuesday night? His pace makes him a huge threat on the counter-attack but it is his proficiency in front of goal which has elevated him to the next level with an incredible 35 goals coming in his last 34 games.

Salah's impact over the two legs against his former club is likely to be so pivotal, so it is no surprise to see Roma paying close attention to him.

"I do understand many people would have thought this semi-final would be City v Barcelona, but it's not, because it is football and Roma made it possible, as we did too", added the German.

The Egyptian has been quite simply sensational since making his £34 million switch to Anfield in the summer of 2017, scoring 41 goals in 46 outings for Liverpool thus far.

I felt as though there was a collective effort when Phil was here.

The Egypt worldwide has scored 41 goals since arriving at Anfield and has been voted the PFA Player of the Year.

"If anyone thinks we two are the underdogs, who cares?" It's a big test for us, a big challenge against a really good side in Roma, but one that I feel we're ready for.

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The Bucks' embarrassment over their abysmal play in Game 2 also served as motivation for starters and reserves alike. They made some mistakes, and didn't close out the game, but as Horford put it, "those are the growing pains".

In his pre-match press conference he spoke of the importance of recreating the atmosphere his side experienced at Anfield against Manchester City, but also urged the fans to respect the opposition. If we do that then hopefully we can get through to the final.

At the other end, the physical battle between Van Dijk and Dzeko will be a fascinating one.

"But we needed to pick one of the best three teams in Europe that were left, and now we are playing Liverpool".

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"We are for sure not the favorites in this round, but in the last eight there are not a lot of favorites - maybe two of them, Bayern and Barcelona - but thank God it's football and nothing is decided".

The 25-year-old was rewarded for his brilliant campaign by winning the Premier League's Players' Player of the Year award on Sunday evening, beating off stiff competition from Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne to the prize.

However, the caveat to that was it was against a previously-untested back four with Alberto Moreno, Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez all bit-part players recently, who will not start on Tuesday.

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