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UEFA Champions League: Team news, lineups for Liverpool vs Roma

Will the Reds stop the Italians’ dream run in its tracks or will the Wolves maul the Reds?

SNS | New Delhi |

European giants Liverpool host Roma for the first leg of their UEFA Europa League semi-final on Tuesday night and the lineups for the clash at Anfield have been revealed.

 

The hosts are trotting out in their usual 4-3-3, with their famed attack trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah all featuring.

Jordan Henderson anchors the midfield along with James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain while Loris Karius retains his place in goal behind a four-man defence of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren.

 

Roma seem to have opted for a 3-4-3, with reported Liverpool target Alisson starting in goal behind a back-three of Juan Jesus, Kostas Manolas and Federico Fazio.

Aleksandar Kolarov and Alessandro Florenzi are the wing-backs for the visitors, while Kevin Strootman and Daniele De Rossi start in the central midfield pivot.

Radja Nainggolan and rising star Cengiz Under give in-form striker Edin Dzek company up top.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are the favourites to progress, but after Roma’s miraculous comeback against Barcelona in quarters, they will look to avoid complacency.

At home, with an unmatched atmosphere to boot, the five-time champions have the edge and will look to win by a clear advantage, preferably without conceding the away goal.

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Considering their sensational forward line, that’s a likely scenario but the Gialorossi have some unpredictable talents on their side which will make this tie a neutral’s delight.

Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson (C), Milner, Salah, Firmino and Mane.

Roma: Alisson, Jesus, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov, Strootman, De Rossi (C), Florenzi, Nainggolan, Under and Dzeko.

Match kicks off at 20.45 GMT/00.15 IST.