What a season it’s been so far for Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side? They signed Mo Salah, who has gone on to become one of the top goal scorers in Europe.
They also saw Philippe Coutinho depart for a club record fee when he left Anfield to join Spanish giants Barcelona. With all that in mind, they’re currently third in the Premier League with an eye on second, but they’ve been equally as impressive, if not more so, in Europe.
They’re currently unbeaten in this year’s Champions League competition, recording some superb victories along the way. They beat both Maribor and Spartak Moscow 7-0 in the group stages, while also heading to FC Porto in the last 16 and winning 5-0 in the away leg. Their biggest test came against Manchester City, with most people writing them off, but after winning 3-0 at Anfield they completed the job at the Etihad by coming away with a 2-1 victory.
Liverpool are now only one of four sides left in the competition, with the semi-final draw pitting them against Italian side AS Roma. Roma looked dead and buried when they lost 4-1 against Barcelona in the first leg of their quarter-final, but a remarkable 3-0 victory in the return leg saw them progress. The other tie sees Bayern Munich, who beat Sevilla in the quarterfinals, take on Real Madrid, who made it past Juventus thanks to a 97th minute Cristiano Ronaldo penalty.
Liverpool and Klopp will certainly fancy their chances of winning the Champions League this season, regardless of the teams left in the competition. Roma have shown that they’re a side that does concede goals and this will be music to Jurgen Klopp’s ears. His front three of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have proven that they can score against anyone, and they have the potential to run riot if a team gives them chance to.
You can certainly see Liverpool having too much for Roma, as they’re not only proving to be a great side offensively but since the arrival of Virgil van Dijk, they have looked a much better team defensively too. Real Madrid have the capability to beat anyone in world football, and as the defending champions, they’re a team that Liverpool would have to be at their best for if they meet in the final.
Bayern Munich could possibly be Liverpool’s biggest test. They’re strong all over the park and they do have the ability to score goals, while keeping things tight at the back, even in the absence of keeper Manuel Neuer. They’ve been a better outfit since Carlo Ancelotti departed but Liverpool head into games knowing that they have enough to break through even the stingiest of defences.
If Liverpool were to make it to the final, which they should do as long as they don’t underestimate Roma, they’re in with a great chance of winning the Champions League title. It will come down to who is the best team on the night and in a one-off game, Liverpool have everything needed to win. After they lifted the trophy in dramatic fashion back in 2005, you simply can’t write them off on the biggest of stages.