Klopp: When Liverpool lost the ball they were like lions

Klopp: When Liverpool lost the ball they were like lions

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been impressed with the level of his side's last four Champions League opponents Roma this season, but mused that that the levels would have been even higher had they kept Mohamed Salah.

Salah's contribution in the Champions League perhaps the icing on the cake for the Reds as the 25 year old consolidated his position in the team with eight strikes in 10 Champions League matches including a valuable one in the second leg of the quarterfinal against Manchester City.

Liverpool will face Roma in the semifinal of the UCL, after dumping out City and Barcelona respectively.

"He can deal with that, I am sure".

And Liverpool manager Klopp is relishing the club's return to the Italian capital in pursuit of their sixth European crown. If any German goes to Bern in Switzerland he cannot avoid thinking about 1954. You think, "Ok, it happened here, well done, all these guys".

"There are not a lot of people around on the planet from that time now but it is just a special place".

"Those Liverpool teams were great but they became great in these situations and now people say 'They did it like this'".

"As long as it is mathematically possible we will believe we can reach the top four", said Giroud as Chelsea closed to within seven points of Spurs in fourth.

"Thank God Rome is still Rome". I love our history but it is not allowed for us to compare it constantly'.

"It was just mature and good football".

Mane and Firmino both came close to adding a third, while at the other end Dan Gosling fired at Loris Karius.

"Kenny Dalglish is over the moon and completely on fire".

Salah has been superb for the Reds this season, scoring 39 goals across all competitions.

Yet even that attack was halted by the assistant's flag as Ryan Fraser was offside prior to collecting Charlie Daniels' back-heel and crossing for Jermain Defoe to tap home.

"It makes it a really interesting thing and for him, it will be 100 per cent special".