Roma vs Liverpool, Champions League: What time does it start, what TV channel is it on and what is the latest team news?
The second leg of the Champions League semi-final between Roma and Liverpool, at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
Liverpool won the first leg 5-2, so Roma need a repeat of their 3-0 second-leg victory over Barcelona in the quarters to reach next month’s final in Kiev. A 4-1 win – Roma’s result against Chievo Verona on Saturday – would also suffice.
Liverpool though – five-time European champions – are masters of the counterattack so Roma’s need to play attacking football in search for goals should play into the Premier League club’s hands. The Reds did, however, squander a three-goal cushion against Sevilla in the group stage to draw 3-3. This match will be fascinating.
Midfielders Diego Perotti (ankle) and Kevin Strootman (rib) are both doubts after picking up injuries in the first leg. Defender Rick Karsdorp and striker Gregoire Defrel are both sidelined.
The injured Strootman and Cengiz Under, who was hauled off at half-time at Anfield, are likely to make way for weekend goalscorers Stephan El Shaarawy and Patrick Schick.
Adam Lallana has been named in Liverpool’s 23-man squad following a spell out with a hamstring injury.
The England international has travelled to Italy even though he has not featured since picking up a problem shortly after coming on as a substitute against Crystal Palace in March.
Lallana travelled to South Africa for treatment last month and Jurgen Klopp said last week that “one or two games might be possible for him”, but that there was “no chance” he would feature against Roma on Wednesday.
The Reds’ last two Premier League games are against Chelsea and Brighton and their campaign could conclude with the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26.
Liverpool are currently short of midfield options as both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) and Emre Can (back) are sidelined.
Defender Joe Gomez has not flown to Rome with his club colleagues after picking up an ankle problem in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Stoke.
Forward Sadio Mane, who was left out of the squad at the weekend, was on the plane, as were captain Jordan Henderson and defender Trent Alexander-Arnold, both of whom had minor fitness concerns following the Potters game.
Klopp will go into Wednesday’s match without his long-term assistant Zeljko Buvac, who will be absent from his role until the end of the season. Liverpool insist Buvac remains a Liverpool employee but is spending time away from the first team for personal reasons.
Two men from Rome were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder last week following an assault outside Anfield ahead of the first leg that left Liverpool fan Sean Cox in critical condition.
Italian state police now say “special attention” will be paid to the arrival and movements of 5,000 Liverpool supporters in the capital, both for their protection and in case of retribution.
As such, Liverpool have advised their supporters not to walk to the Stadio Olimpico “under any circumstances”.
Specific areas “to socialise” in the downtown Campo de Fiori and near the Colosseum have been arranged and “parading to the stadium is strictly prohibited”, according to an instruction manual provided by Italian police. Alcohol sales will be banned downtown for 36 hours around the match.
Liverpool have also called on supporters to respect national monuments by not hanging banners and scarves on them and have told fans to expect to be held back in the stadium after the match for longer than usual.
AS Roma president James Pallotta has bitterly criticised the “disgusting stupidity” of the attack on Cox.
Since assuming Roma’s presidency in 2012, Pallotta has taken a hard stance against violent ‘Ultra’ fans, often calling them “idiots” for instances of racism and protests over security barriers.