Liverpool again blew away the opposition in their 5-2 first-leg win over Roma but can take nothing for granted in Wednesday’s return leg in the Eternal City.
The Reds famously beat the Giallorossi at the Stadio Olimpico in the 1984 European Cup final, a result that still sticks in the minds of the local tifosi.
Although they may have been helpless at times at Anfield, Roma have been a different story at home in the Champions League and have yet to concede a goal in front of their fans.
While that appears unlikely against the rampant Reds, it is worth noting they beat Barcelona 3-0 to progress to the semi-finals, while they have also kept clean sheets against Atletico Madrid and Chelsea.
Goalkeeper Alisson Becker will need another big night while former Manchester City man Edin Dzeko has seven goals in this season’s tournament and is 4/5 to score at anytime.
A home win on Wednesday is 8/5, but the 9/1 for Eusebio De Francesco’s side to progress perhaps illustrates the size of their task. However, there is no doubt they will go out for the win and leave nothing behind.
However, Liverpool will be wary just how fragile a three-goal lead can prove. They of course famously came from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan in the 2005 final, while they also squandered that advantage against Sevilla in the group stages.
After conceding two late goals last week, they could be nervous and a fast start will be vital.
Mohamed Salah has been in blistering form and having opened the scoring at Anfield, is 33/10 to net first against his former club.
Entertainment seems to be a given and although Liverpool should get through, it would be no surprise if the Giallorossi gave them a scare.
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