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It’s Liverpool v Roma! Klopp’s men avoid Madrid & Bayern in Champions League semi-finals

Liverpool will face Mohamed Salah’s former club Roma in the Champions League semi-final following Friday’s Uefa draw.

Jürgen Klopp’s side must play their first leg at Anfield on either April 24/25 before travelling to Italy a week later.

Liverpool defeated Roma in 1984 European Cup Final, Alan Kennedy famously striking the winning penalty in a shoot-out in Rome’s Olympic Stadium. The sides also met when Liverpool won the Uefa Cup in 2001, Michael Owen’s double in Italy inspiring victory for Gèrard Houllier’s side during the earlier round. There was also an emotional meeting in the Champions League in 2002, Houllier returning from serious illness to lead his team to victory.

Bayern Munich were drawn to face Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena in the first leg of the other tie.

Roma may have been considered the most attractive of the remaining sides, but Klopp will not see it that way – particularly given how the Italians fought back to overcome Barcelona.

There will also be a tinge of disappointment the second leg will not be at Anfield, but that is a minor gripe given the progress made and the possibility for further progression.

For Salah it is a return to familiar territory. He completed a ZAR669.84 m move from Italy to Anfield last summer and could not have envisaged he would be meeting his ex-team mates at this stage eight months later.

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