Liverpool make five changes for this evening’s Champions League semi-final, first-leg clash with AS Roma at Anfield.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren and Andy Robertson return in defence for the encounter with the Italian side.
Meanwhile, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in midfield and Roberto Firmino is restored in attack.
Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Mignolet, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Klavan, Moreno, Ings, Solanke.
Liverpool FC's official charity will hold its third annual LFC Foundation Day when the Reds take on Stoke City on Saturday April 28.
The special event will see a variety of activities and fundraising initiatives take place in and around Anfield on the day of the penaultimate Premier League home match of the season.
Vital funds raised will support the Foundation’s programmes and charity partners, which aim to create life changing opportunities for children and young people.
Activities will include free family fitness sessions, football freestyle demonstrations and appearances from the club's official mascot, Mighty Red.
There will also be a range of family games, interactive activities and junior giveaways in both the Fan Zone in Paisley Square and the Fan Zone on Anfield Road.
Fans will also be given the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime experience: the ultimate family day out at Anfield with Reds star Sadio Mane.
The prize will include a private stadium tour, a press room Q&A and a pitchside kickabout with Mane, as well as a home shirt personally signed by the player on the day.
Fans can enter the competition online at charitystars.com/LFCFoundation from 9am BST on April 28, 2018. The raffle will close on June 9, with the draw taking place the following day.
Liverpool FC have confirmed that tonight's UEFA Champions League clash with AS Roma, kicking off at 7:45pm BST, is now sold out.
Supporters not in possession of a ticket are urged not to travel to Anfield.
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The Reds face Roma in their first semi-final in Europe’s elite club competition for a decade but their manager stressed he will not be building it up to be all-or-nothing for his players.
Klopp said: “I make the pressure higher? I tell them it’s the only chance you ever have in your life so use it. Would you love to hear that before a game?
“[It’s] not a once-in-the-lifetime chance. I am already for the second time in the semi-finals and if I go, I will be the second time in the final. That’s pretty rare.”
The two clubs have significant history, with Liverpool having beaten the Serie A club at their own Stadio Olimpico ground in the 1984 European Cup final.
Their most recent meeting, back in 2002, saw the Merseysiders progress to the quarter-finals of the competition.
Prior to that the Reds were also victorious in the knockout stages of the 2001 UEFA Cup, on their way to winning the trophy, but Klopp admits that will not have any bearing on this tie.
“When was the final—’84? Most of the players were not born then. Was Milly? Maybe Milly, I am not sure,” added Klopp. “Maybe he just looks older (Milner was actually born in 1986).
“I really like it but these things happened as the stories of those boys. I love that we go to Rome, a fantastic city and a beautiful stadium, the Stadio Olimpico.
“If it helps we will use it but I think the boys need real things, not the good old stories—even though they were brilliant. We only talk about it because we hope it helps. The spirit of Rome.”
Klopp’s sides have developed a habit of blowing teams away in concentrated spells, highlighted by their three goals in 19 first-half minutes to take the quarter-final tie away from Man City.
The German likened it to the manner in which the great Man United side of the 1990s and 2000s operated.
He said: “Is there something with Alex Ferguson, Man United. At a specific time they scored always twice?
“Score, score? That is the opportunity. Score once, do it again. Use the momentum in the game. Of course we talk about it, of course we want to use that, but you still have to score.
“The team is a really enthusiastic team. In a good moment, they jump and that’s really good to see.
“On the other hand, that’s why the two Man City games were really special. We dealt with the very difficult circumstances in the two halves here and there on a high level.
“That brought us to the semis, not that we can score one, two, three in a row.
“In the moments when we are not in charge of the game, we are still in the game, that’s a very important thing and that helped us massively.”
Liverpool Football Club has today announced that it will be delivering a new youth coaching project in China.
The programme, which will initially be provided to a selection of schools in the city of Kunming, has been organised in partnership with the Kunming Municipal Bureau of Education.
Daniel Reece, head coach at the LFC International Academy in Liverpool, has relocated to Kunming to oversee the project, which is a combination of player development and education for local coaches - teaching them how to play and coach ‘The Liverpool Way’.
LFC legend and International Academy ambassador Ian Rush said: “We are extremely excited to be bringing the LFC International Academy to Kunming. The curriculum is based on the LFC Academy philosophy and practices; with an active and educational programme, that will provide excellent opportunities for local players and coaches in China.”
The project’s mission is to develop the participants both on and off the pitch; encouraging them to get active and improve their football skills, while also improving life skills such as communication, teamwork and leadership.
A key element of the programme is to deliver LFC coach education clinics, which will help to improve the standards of local football coaches in Kunming, ensuring that the LFC International Academy leaves a lasting legacy.
AS Roma arrived in Liverpool on Monday night for the Champions League semi-final first leg, and first made their way to the Hillsborough memorial to pay their respects.
A classy and touching gesture from the visiting side saw the entire squad turn out in front of the memorial, with captain Daniele De Rossi laying a wreath on behalf of the club.
The note read ‘In memoria delle vittime di Hillsborough’—in memory of those 96 victims who lost their lives back in 1989.
Along with the playing squad and club hierarchy, club legend Francesco Totti was among those offering his respects at the memorial.
The memorial – which is currently surrounded by flowers and scarves so shortly after the 29th anniversary – and the disaster was explained to the squad, with thanks offered to the Serie A outfit on behalf of Liverpool supporters, the city and the football club.
Gallery: #ASRoma players visit the Hillsborough memorial at Anfield to pay their respects to the fans who lost their lives in the stadium disaster. #JFT96 https://t.co/T169L7XjDs pic.twitter.com/xYJPhKcvo3
— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) April 23, 2018
Ahead of a match which will no doubt be intense, competitive and with partisan crowds on both sides, this was a respectful reminder of the solidarity of the football world.
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Liverpool host Roma tonight in the Champions League semi-final first leg; here are all the best stats and facts for the match ahead of kick-off.
We’ve been here before
The Reds are at the semi-final stage for the first time since 2008, when they were defeated by Chelsea. They drew the first leg at home 1-1 before going down 3-2 in London.
This is their 18th semi-final in European competition and their 10th in the European Cup.
Of the 17 they have played at Anfield they have won 13, with three draws and a single defeat – to Leeds in the 1971 Fairs Cup. They have won eight and drawn one of the last nine of those games at Anfield.
The Reds hope to reach their 13th final and their eighth in Europe’s premier club competition.
In the previous nine European Cup semi-finals they have lost only twice: against Inter Milan in 1965 and Chelsea in 2008.
The previous time the last four of this competition was represented by a team from each of England, Germany, Italy and Spain was 1981. That year Liverpool lifted the trophy defeating Real Madrid in the final thanks to Alan Kennedy’s goal in Paris.At both ends of the pitch
In total, the Reds have found the net 39 times in Europe this season – extending their club record.
Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah have both registered nine goals which equals the club record of most goals scored in a single European campaign, along with Dean Saunders who did so in the 1991-92 UEFA Cup campaign in just five appearances.
Liverpool have found the net in 13 of their last 14 European games home and away.
The Reds have not conceded a goal at home in the last five games at Anfield in league and cup, since Michail Antonio scored for West Ham in February. That is their longest run since 2006-07 when they recorded eight home clean sheets in succession.
Meanwhile, they have kept nine clean sheets in their last 15 matches.
The Reds have kept six clean sheets in their last eight Champions League games.He’s boss
Jurgen Klopp has suffered defeat in two of his 25 European games while in charge at Anfield – the best record of any Liverpool manager in Europe over the same number of games from the beginning of their tenure.
The Reds have scored 56 goals in that time.
Tonight will see him take charge of the Reds for the 150th time. He has won 79 and drawn 42 with 28 defeats.
Klopp has faced Italian clubs in three ties during his managerial career. Of the six games he has won two and lost four.
The Reds have lost only one of the last 20 European matches at Anfield and are unbeaten at home in the last 15, winning 10 and drawing five.Egyptian King
Mo Salah has scored in each of the last nine games at Anfield in league and cup in which he has started, scoring 14 times in that run.
Salah is playing in his third European semi-final and has been eliminated on both previous occasions.
His next goal will see him set a new club record by scoring in a 33rd different game in a single campaign – the record held by Ian Rush since 1983-84.Eye on the opposition
This will be Roma’s 21st tie against English opposition – they have won four and lost nine of the 13 played in knock-out format.
They have suffered elimination in each of the last six clashes with English clubs after winning the previous three.
In England they have played 19 times, winning only once – at Anfield in 2001 UEFA Cup (1-0).
Since their victory at Anfield in 2001, they have not kept a clean sheet in 11 visits to this country.
Roma have won only one of their last 14 away games in the Champions League (at Qarabag this season) and in this competition have not kept a clean sheet in 27 games away from the Stadio Olimpico since recording a 2-0 win in Lyon back in 2007.
They have yet to concede a goal at home this season in five Champions League games – equalling their best sequence in the European Cup.
Edin Dzeko is Roma’s leading scorer in Europe this season with six goals, with four of those coming in his five away appearances.
When scoring twice against Napoli last month he became the first player ever to score 50 goals in the Bundesliga, Premier League and Serie A.
* Stats courtesy of LFC statistician Ged Rea.
Jurgen Klopp has explained the importance of having English players at Liverpool, and outlined why he will always meet players before they sign.
Klopp continues to do a tremendous job at Anfield, with the German guiding the Reds into the Champions League semi-finals in just two-and-a-half years.
There is a strong English contingent at the club, which at a time when continental imports often feel more exciting, technically gifted individuals almost comes as a surprise.
Jordan Henderson and James Milner are the captain and vice-captain respectively, and Klopp is also a big admirer of the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Ings.
Having an English core is no fluke, with Klopp telling the Guardian about the importance of them leading the squad, but also highlighting their quality as footballers:
“They are here because they’re really good—not because they’re English or British.
“But if you have two players at the same level and one is English and the other is from somewhere else I always go for the English guy.
“They keep the mood good and for them it’s easy to feel the club’s history.
“But we have fantastic boys from all over the world and they love the club. Roberto Firmino has such a Liverpool heart. But the English guys lead the group.
“Tottenham and us we are pretty much the English national team and I like that.”
When it comes to signing players, Klopp feels it is of the utmost importance to meet them before they sign on the dotted line.
It allows the 50-year-old, who rates himself as a people person, to dissect the player’s character, with Mohamed Salah a good recent example:
“I always meet the player before we sign.
“That’s when I decide because I have a good feeling for people. It was a fantastic talk.
“He’s open, smiling all the time. He has crazy curls but he’s a really nice boy. He also looked much more mature than it says on his passport. Twenty-four? I was: ‘Wow, really?’
“We talked for three hours about everything from his family to my family and at the end we had a deal to work together.
“I like to remind players from time to time of that agreement. It’s working really well with Mo.”
Klopp is one of the world’s best managers, his sides play magnificent attacking football, and as a human being he comes across superbly.
A chunk of the English squad members aren’t universally popular with supporters, but what is not immediately apparent is the impact they are having around the club.
Their all-round influence seems to be paying off handsomely, as Liverpool prepare to welcome Roma to a deafening Anfield on Tuesday night.
Thousands of television sets in Rome will be tuned into broadcasts from Anfield on Tuesday night as AS Roma take on Liverpool in the Champions League – but there’ll be at least one very familiar face among them hoping for a victory for Jürgen Klopp’s side…
Lucas Leiva swapped Merseyside for the Italian city last summer as he bade farewell to the Reds after 10 years of sterling service to join SS Lazio; however, his passion for his former club remains as steadfast as ever.
And though Lucas will be some 1,400 miles away tonight, he knows exactly what kind of atmosphere Roma can expect to encounter in the first leg of the European semi-final.
The Brazilian told Liverpoolfc.com: “It will be a great night, for sure. For the players, a good experience.
“It’s a big game, a semi-final. It maybe won’t be that different from some games that I experienced with Liverpool - the Europa League, that game against Dortmund and then Villarreal.
“I’m looking forward to it and I’ll be supporting Liverpool for sure.”
While Lucas will be glued to his TV screen for the first leg, he’s hoping to be a little closer to the action next week.
He plans to attend the return meeting at the Stadio Olimpico – and to do so as part of the travelling Liverpool supporters.
“I’m still thinking about it, but I’m hoping I can go to the Liverpool end and watch the game - and maybe take some of my friends and my son,” he said.
“We still follow Liverpool a lot, we watch every game and I hope they can get to the final.”
The task of getting to that final in Kiev certainly won’t be an easy one for Liverpool as they prepare to come up against a Roma side who eliminated FC Barcelona at the quarter-final stage with a monumental comeback.
After losing the first-leg meeting at the Nou Camp 4-1, Eusebio Di Francesco’s team upset all the odds to conjure up a dramatic fightback and record a 3-0 victory over the Spanish giants to progress.
“They are full of confidence of course after the win against Barca,” Lucas explained. “Fair play to them because they played really well and I think they deserved it. The boost that gave them is massive.
“But in the city, one side will be supporting the Reds - the Lazio fans - because they don’t want to see their rival going to the final of course, but the other side of Rome is really excited, so it is going to be a big, big semi-final and let’s see what is going to happen.
“I would say Roma is a very aggressive team. They play a Premier League style of play I would say. They press very high and they have some quick players.
“They also have [Edin] Dzeko and he is a big player for them. Liverpool will know him very well.
“We can expect a very good semi-final, but I think Liverpool have all the tools and the power to win because we could see against Manchester City how strong Anfield is.
“Having a good result in the first game could be the key as well for the second game here in Rome.”
Liverpool have enjoyed some truly special European encounters with AS Roma over the years.
From winning the European Cup in 1984 through to an unforgettable return to the dugout for Gerard Houllier in 2002 - take a trip down memory lane below.
May 30, 1984: European Cup final
The very first meeting between Liverpool and AS Roma was the 1984 European Cup final. Joe Fagan's side were chasing a unique treble, but needed to overcome a talented Roma side playing at their own ground - the Stadio Olimpico. The Italian outfit boasted Brazil stars Falcao and Cerezo among their number plus the highly coveted Bruno Conti. The Reds got off to the perfect start as Phil Neal, who netted the decisive goal in the 1977 European Cup final on the very same pitch, pounced to open the scoring. However, Roberto Pruzzo levelled for AS Roma just before the break with a header. In the penalty shootout that followed, Bruce Grobbelaar’s antics on the goalline proved pivotal as Conti and Francesco Graziani both missed. It was then left to 1981 European Cup final hero Alan Kennedy to keep his nerve and secure his team a fourth European Cup.
February 15, 2001: UEFA Cup fourth round, first leg
The Reds enjoyed another fine night at the Stadio Olimpico in the first leg of this 2000-01 UEFA Cup fourth-round tie. Michael Owen was the hero of the night, netting two superb goals in the second half. With rock-solid duo Sami Hyypia and Stephane Henchoz at the back, Liverpool kept a clean sheet to take a healthy lead back to Anfield.
February 22, 2001: UEFA Cup fourth round, second leg
It was a nervy night at Anfield as Liverpool progressed to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup despite a 1-0 second-leg defeat. Roma’s Marco Delvecchio had a glorious early opportunity for the visitors when he found himself clean through on goal but failed to hit the target. Owen then had a chance to increase the aggregate lead when the Reds were awarded a penalty on the hour mark, but saw his effort kept out by Francesco Antonioli. Roma gave themselves hope when substitute Gianni Guigou netted on 70 minutes before a controversial and ultimately decisive moment in the tie turned things back in the hosts' favour. Roma appeared to have been awarded a penalty when Jose Maria Garcia-Aranda pointed to the spot following a handball by defender Markus Babbel, only for the Spanish referee to change his mind and give a corner. The rest, as they say, is history.
December 5, 2001: Champions League second group phase, matchday two
Following a 3-1 Anfield defeat by Barcelona in the opening game of the second group phase, the Reds travelled to the Stadio Olimpico in need of a positive result. With Gerard Houllier absent due to illness, his trusty No.2 Phil Thompson remained in charge of the side. AS Roma fielded the formidable strikeforce of Gabriel Batistuta and Francesco Totti but could not break down an obstinate Reds backline. Thompson couldn’t hide his delight after the match and said: "It was important we didn't lose and now we go into the break with a point on the board. My players were magnificent - progressive in the first half and defensively strong in the second. That will give us a lot of heart.”
March 19, 2001: Champions League second group phase, matchday six
Liverpool reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League as they produced a superb display in this must-win game. The tone for an unforgettable evening was set when manager Houllier unexpectedly returned to the dugout following an extended spell on the sidelines after major heart surgery. The Frenchman's surprise presence cranked up the atmosphere inside the ground, giving the Reds a major advantage. On the pitch, Jari Litmanen kept his nerve to convert a seventh-minute penalty and Emile Heskey then rose to head home the vital second goal just past the hour.