So here were are, Rome, Liverpool Football Club 5-2 up after a typically mental 1st leg at Anfield. We’ve arrived within touching distance of Kiev after Jurgen’s reds have gone on the absolute march through Europe, leaving their mark in Seville, Moscow, Maribor, Porto and Manchester. It’s a place not many would’ve dreamt we’d find ourselves back in August, when we were handed what many considered to be the toughest draw vs Hoffenheim in the final qualification round for the group stages.
Historically Liverpool and European cup competitions go hand in hand and this year appears to be no different with Liverpool saving their best performances of the season for the biggest stage. 38 goals scored, 2 players with 11 goals each and James Milner breaking the competition record for the most assists. We are the only unbeaten team left in the competition. A competition that’s seen us score 7 (SEVEN) goals twice, 5 goals twice in the knockout stages plus, 5 goals over 2 legs against the tournament favourites. We seem a far cry away from the two sloppy draws against Sevilla.
At times this season, Liverpool have been imperious. During the first half against Man City and for 55 minutes against Roma, this Liverpool side delivered the best football that I have ever seen in my lifetime as a fan. If anyone tries to tell you that they wouldn’t have taken a 3 goal lead going into the 2nd leg of the semi final, they are lying to you. Yes, I’ll admit the 2 late goals were slightly deflating but don’t let that take the shine off what was one of the best performances by any team in a 1st leg of a Champions League semi final. This is a Liverpool team who in this very competition, went to Manchester City with a 3 goal lead, conceded after 1 minute of the match and still went on to win both the game and the tie. I see no reason why tomorrow night will be any different.
If Roma hadn’t beaten what was a largely complacent Barcelona side 3-0 in the last round, I don’t think there would be any conversation around the possibility of Roma overturning the deficit from the 1st leg. The difference between the two ties is that Roma played well in the Camp Nou and were unlucky to come away 3 goals down. At Anfield they were comprehensively outclassed. Another factor to consider is that Jurgen Klopp and his team were able to successfully navigate 3 different systems from Roma during the 1st leg. This removes the element of surprise that facilitated the comeback in the 2nd leg against Barcelona. No matter what system the home side decide to go with tonight, it’s hard to see them being able to stop the rampant reds from scoring and subsequently crushing all hopes of a 2nd famous Roman come back.
In my opinion, the Liverpool side tomorrow picks itself. It will be the biggest game of most of the players careers but after seeing how they ruthlessly dispatched of Manchester City at the Etihad, it makes me much more relaxed ahead of the game, than some of my fellow LFC Daytrippers.
So wherever you may be tomorrow, drink it all in. It’s been a long time since we were in this position. This is the big time. This is where Liverpool belongs. King Mo, Big Virg, Bobby, and all lads, this is their time. Time to join the long list of Liverpool legends.
Liverpool Football Club – European Aristocracy and don’t you forget it.
We’ve conquered all of Europe………tomorrow we don’t stop!!
ALLEZ ALLEZ ALLEZ