Liverpool for the first time in 11 years reached the finals of the Champions league in spite of 4-2 defeat to Roma in Italy.
The European champions of 2007 made it possible to the desired stage with a loftier aggregate of 7-2.
Sadio Mane put the English side in charge, before an unfortunate own goal by James Milner brought the two sides in terms.
Although Georginio Wijnaldum’s header at the 25th minute restored the lead for the Reds, Edin Dzeko’s fifth goal in five consecutive games restored the levels and the last ten minutes saw Radja Nainggolan score twice for Roma to defeat Liverpool except couldn’t sabotage the ambitions of the English side as they had lesser aggregate.
After the emphatic 5-2 victory at Anfield, Liverpool for the word go apparently was headed to another victory based on their first half performance but a twist in the second half saw Roma threatened to replicate their behavior against Barcelona in the quarter finals.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp understands his boys’ lack of experience could have had tempered with their nerves.
“It was the first semi-final for most of the boys so normal to have to keep nerves in. It was a little bit exciting – more exciting than I actually wanted.”
Roma showed a fighting spirit unfortunately time caught up with them. However The Club President criticized the refereeing standard and called for the introduction of VAR in the completion.
“It is very clear VAR is needed in the Champions League because you just can’t let stuff like this happen. You can all look at it yourself. Stephan El Shaarawy in the 49th minute wasn’t offside and he gets taken down by the goalie; the 63rd minute was a handball that was obvious to everyone probably in the world except people on the pitch; the 67th minute Schick gets taken down in the box. I know it is difficult to ref but it is really embarrassing that we lose on aggregate like that. By the way, it should have been a red card which would have been 10 men in the 63rd minute. Liverpool are a great team, congratulations going forward, but if they don’t get VAR in the Champions League stuff like this is an absolute joke.” Lamented Jim Pallotta
The journey for the Italian side in the European competition ends here as they now focus on sticking to third place in Serie A.
On the other side Liverpool will carry on their dream to Ukraine and a win against Real Madrid on 26th May in Kiev is enough for Klopp have his first trophy for the Kops since his coming in 2015.
In meantime they will visit Stamford Bridge to play Chelsea in the English Premier League on Sunday.